Comedy duo make Buskers return
Daredevil Chicken Club have returned to the Christchurch
festival that propelled them to global success with a hit show in
New York and a year-long tour of Australia.
Husband-and-wife comedy duo Jonathan Taylor and Anne Goldmann
credit the World Buskers Festival with launching their careers and
allowing them to develop routines that have taken them around the
The duo have become festival favourites in their six appearances
in Christchurch with brilliantly outrageous routines involving
bananas and warped cabaret.
The routines they developed for the World Buskers Festival led
to them being signed up for successful adult cabaret and circus
show, Empire. The show first ran in a circus tent erected on a
vacant lot in Times Square, New York, for three-and-a-half months
in 2012 and then toured Australia for most of 2013.
Despite the international success, Taylor said Christchurch felt
like their creative home.
"We came into our own here. It was a great venue for us to learn
how to express ourselves," he said.
"This festival is an incubator for us. When you see a street
show you have that sense of anything is possible."
"We were defined by this festival. [Festival director Jodi
Wright] gave us freedom. It was really scary but the greatest
opportunity for us. It made us who we are now."
Wright spotted the duo putting on street shows in Denver,
Colorado, in about 2005.
"They would drop hundreds of bouncy balls down the road. I
thought: 'That is cute. You don't see that very often'," she
"You could tell they were going to be something. I'm delighted
and thrilled that they were able to use the festival as an
opportunity to develop material."
Goldmann said doing 10 shows a week in the middle of New York
was "like being in a cement mixer".
Taylor said the experience was "crazy".
"It was at the epicentre of New York theatre, with all the
producers and money makers of the business. It had never been done
before," he said.
The duo negotiated to take 10 days out of the Australian tour of
Empire so they could return to Christchurch for the festival.
The duo will be hosting the Buskers Burlesque show every night,
one night of the Comedy Club and two street performances.
Comedy duo make Buskers
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