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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 5 1084121 Meet the team --- Karen, Eric and David FOR EVERY $100 EX GST YOU SPEND WITH US, ASK IN STORE FOR DETAILS 121079-V2 By Chris Harrowell JOHN Carr’s talent with the spo- ken word is taking him in direc- tions beyond his wildest dreams. The Bucklands Beach resident stages his humorous new one-man rap stage show, entitled Yo Yo Yo!, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival. He performs it at The Classic Studio in Central Auckland from April 27 to May 4. Given his age, Mr Carr admits he doesn’t resemble most people’s idea of a rapper, but that’s part of why his act is so funny. He thinks he looks more like Sir Peter Leitch, the Mad Butcher, than North American hip-hop superstars Eminem and Kanye West. “I get introduced as a hard- edged street rapper and come out on stage looking more like the older brother of a well-known sau- sage maker,” says Mr Carr, who works as a writer and cartoonist. “The audience is usually laugh- ing before I get to the micro- phone.” Mr Carr, 58, launched himself into the stand-up comedy scene in 2010. His new one-hour stage show tells the semi-accurate story of his rap career so far. “Some of the material is stuff I’ve done in the past and some is going in a new direction,” Mr Carr says. “Rapping has given me experi- ences I didn’t expect, such as writ- ing raps to perform for conference groups about colostomy bags and mental health.” Mr Carr is no stranger to public performance. In 2009, he won the Auck- land Writers and Readers Festival poetry idol competition, and was named poetry slam champion of the Going West Books and Writers Festival in 2010. Mr Carr discovered rap through his job when he was asked to write an adult educational literacy course. He assumed most of the people using the course material would be young men and set out to establish what medium would help them the most. “I thought they would be young guys not long out of school,” Mr Carr says. “I was reading stuff they may be interested in and rap was one of the things I thought would work.” From that Mr Carr developed an interest in rap and began creat- ing rhyming and humorous poems which he performed at work on special occasions. “When you have a punchline that rhymes it adds to the humour but I don’t know why,” he says. “Two of my raps have swear words in them, but if I’m perform- ing for older people or a school audience I take them out. “You can have fun with the fact rappers are expected to swear. “I say a word that rhymes with a swear word and that gets a laugh, as I don’t swear. “There is far too much of it in stand-up comedy.” John Carr performs his new one-man stand-up comedy show, Yo Yo Yo!, from April 27 to May 4 at The Classic Studio, 321 Queen Street, Central Auckland. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for concessions. To book, phone 0800-842-538, or visit www.ticketek.co.nz. Win tickets The ■ Times has two double passes to give away to John Carr’s stage show at 7.15pm on Saturday, April 27. Write your name, address and full daytime contact details on the back of an envelope and send it to: John Carr Competition, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259 243, Bot- any, Auckland 2163, or enter online at www.times.co.nz. Entries close at midday on Wednesday, April 24. Hilarious rapper John Carr stages his new stand-up show as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival. Photo supplied New take on comedy rap Thieves like ice creams By Chris Harrowell A GROUP of young people is in trouble with the law after allegedly being caught in a motor vehicle with more than 200 stolen ice creams. Senior sergeant Alison Brand, Counties Manukau East Police's prevention manager, says the ice creams were taken from a Maraetai dairy at about 10.30pm last Saturday. "A group of 13 young people had been swimming and enjoying themselves at a beach," Ms Brand told the Times. "They then decided they were a bit hungry and broke into a dairy in Maraetai Drive, lling up baskets with 250 Streets Magnum ice creams and three bottles of Coca-Cola. "The ice creams cost between $2 and $3." Ms Brand says the group got inside the business by pulling its front door o the hinges, which also cracked an adjacent glass window. "They then got into their motor vehicle and left, but were seen by members of the public, who phoned police," she says. "We were able to stop their vehicle on Whitford-Maraetai Road." Ms Brand says the group's members are from Papakura and Manurewa and aged 10- 18. They are all either related or friends. "It appears to be a random act of thoughtlessness and they decided to satisfy their needs," Ms Brand says. "People are in uenced by what they see and who they are around and it makes it di cult for police if young people are caught up in other people's illegal activities. "Maraetai is a close-knit community and we're grateful residents have helped us do our job." Following the theft at the dairy in Maraetai, two 18-year-olds are charged by police with burglary. They're due to appear in the Manukau District Court this Friday. The group's younger members have been referred to the police's youth aid section.
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