Guy Montgomery’s brutish charms are undeniable. Wether it be on the stage performing or sitting beside me at Bonita’s in Ponsonby - he is a force to be felt. His mission statement is simple: "I want to be funny." It's something he’s worked to achieve in as many ways as possible.
“There's no substitute for work ethic” (that is of course unless “you’re genuinely shit”) Guy tells me early on in our sit-down, which reflecting on his year is most definitely true. His podcast (with Tim Batt) ‘The Worst Idea of All Time’ entered its second season, proving them the funny men of self-inflicted torture, he debuted a new show at this years NZICF with ‘Guy Montcomedy’ and he recently took the coveted prize of best writer at this years ‘Show Me Shorts Festival’ for his film ‘Return’. It seems only fitting then to cap the year off with an improvisational blowout alongside some of New Zealand hottest comedic property with the show ‘Karma Snort’.
Coming from a "dearth of improvisational shows in Auckland," Snort started out with a couple of writers moving from Christchurch to the big heat and bringing some friends together to fill a void. Beginning with four shows over a month of Fridays at The Basement, Snort has since swelled into a well-loved tradition amongst comedy fans in Auckland. The large core cast ensures consistency; the roster of performers can change depending on who is in the country, creating a unique blend of comedy within each show. When asked how the show has managed to pick up so much momentum over the years, Guy stresses "the value of regularity."
Any city with a high rising comedy scene can be intimidating, but Guy says “It’s amazing how quickly this city shrinks,” and, “Suddenly it goes from being scary people who are your idols, to just to people you work with, to friends to other comedians.” This communal spirit is an important aspect of Snort, as being comfortable with the people you’re performing with carries from the comics to the audience. The momentum gained when friends come together to create is something Guy is passionate about, describing Snort and his own comedy as a work in progress. Comparing shows from when Snort began to now, an evolving quality has come to be expected as the troop of comedians have truly come into their own.
Working friendships are an important part of any creative industry and throwing yourself into any environment is something Guy does unashamedly and with great results. His comedic writing has now bridged onto screen, his film ‘Return’ hones the dryness of his onstage banter to create rich and engaging conversations. In return, the diversified workspace in which he now operates feeds back into his comedy. Guy speaks about how in the back of his head his main aim is always to remain funny, but without experiencing events outside of a comedic circle your comedy becomes insular. One of the ways in which Guy has been able to remain at the forefront of New Zealand comedy is by embracing the other aspects and mediums that surround it.
Guy’s comedy is not something for the living room and ‘Karma Snort’ is the kind of show to get you out of your living room. As hard as it can be to motivate New Zealanders to enter the city for an event, there is true belief that these shows will showcase some funny stuff, and I am inclined to believe them.
Catch Karma Snort at Q Theatre, 9.30pm Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th. Be in to win tickets (and a case of the All Good Organic stuff) over on our Facebook page.