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Laughs a minute with two Kiwi shows

Comic Kajun Campbell Brooking, who says his roots are in Tairawhiti, has been described as quick-witted and punchy.

Locals will have a chance to judge for themselves when he comes to town, and the Coast, in two shows.

DIY Comedy is bringing Brooking, with fellow comedians Te Rina Taite, Lianne Karaitiana, Richard Dryden and Ben Tito Caldwell, to perform Pub Comedy and A One Night Stand.

They will be at the Tolaga Bay Inn on February 26 for Pub Comedy.

The following night they will be in Gisborne at Evolution Theatre, to do A One Night Stand.

Both shows start at 7pm.

Kajun Campbell Brooking was raised in Hastings and moved to Castlecliff, Whanganui in search of a better life. But his roots are here in Tairawhiti.

“I'm Ngati Porou, I'm Ngati Kahungunu and I'm also a part of a secret underground iwi, but you'll have to come to the show to find out about that one,” Kajun said.

Described as quick-witted and punchy, his mission as a stand-up comedian is to make at least one person laugh. He's been doing more than that, winning awards, making competition finals and opening for the likes of GISH, Raybon Kan and Li'i Alaimoana in his short career so far.

Te Rina is a Kiwi comic who until recently was based in Sydney and featured on the competitive circuit over there. As well as comedy, she's also a radio star and a competitive quizzer. You may have seen her on Aussie episodes of Millionaire Hotseat, Pointless and The Chase.

A former Olympic swimming trialist, Te Rina reckons that if you can't achieve your dream, change it until it's achievable. She has some serious comedy chops.

Lianne was the Central North Island winner of the Raw Comedy Quest in 2020. Pulling on her life experience for her humour, she was married by 17 and has five children including two sets of twins. She has 12 mokos and has just become a great grandmother.

She's been a bouncer and she has some seriously funny moments to share.

Also returning this time are Richard Dryden and Ben Tito Caldwell, who audiences will already be familiar with from the last two visits to the East Coast.

Keep an eye out on the Facebook event pages for updates including videos and profiles.

• Pub Comedy, Tolaga Bay Inn, February 26. One Night Stand, Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli St, Gisborne, February 27, 7pm. Bookings on eventfinda.co.nz.

Warning: May contain adult themes and coarse language

BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Kajun Campbell Brooking will perform on the East Coast in February. Picture supplied
raw comedy: Te Rina Taite also does well in quizzing. Picture supplied
Lianne Karaitiana. Picture by Manawatu district council