Not sorry at all
Self-described as possibly the world's second-most popular Polynesian comic storyteller, Tofiga Fepulea'i is on his way to Gisborne with insights on fatherhood, family, and some thoughts on what it's like to be raised Samoan in New Zealand, in his show Sorry Bout It.
As one half of the hugely popular duo, The Laughing Samoans, Fepulea'i, the Pasifika comedy superstar, will already be a familiar face for many.
After Fepulea'i's Whanganui show last week, Whanganui Chronicle reviewer Ethan Griffiths said the comedian had positioned himself as one of the New Zealand greats.
“(The show) was a brilliantly woven mix of cultural piss-taking, political commentary and genuinely funny comedy, without the need to revert to swearing every five seconds, turning it dirty or putting people down for the sake of a laugh.”
Fepulea'i was met with rapturous applause the moment he walked on stage as Judith Collins, says Griffiths.
“The pristine impersonation by Fepulea'i had the crowd in stitches. Asked about her comments on obesity, the blonde-wigged ‘Collins' rebuked ‘I like all round people'.”
Fepulea'i is joined by support act, Billy T nominee Jame Nokise.
Tofiga Fepulea'i, with support act and Billy T nominee Jame Nokise, presents Sorry Bout It, War Memorial Theatre, Saturday October 31, 8pm. Tickets available from Gisborne i-SITE or ticketek.