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3 May

Doom & Bloom Presents: CONTROVERSY


Event duration icon Duration

60 mins

UPDATE: Due to an urgent matter, Doom (Brendan West) of Doom & Bloom will not be able to make tonight's show! While we will miss him, in the spirit of "the show must go on", Bloom (Ben Zolno) has put together a wonderful show with one of the most experienced overseas improvisers living in Wellington: Business Carousel

Business Carousel is a live exploration of what happens when we're so fed up pretending to know what we're doing in life... it all gets very real, very fast, in a hilariously relatable way. It features Ben and Devlyn Corrigan, who has performed improv for almost 20 years at places like New York's famous Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB) Theatre, as well as many prominent theatres throughout Los Angeles. 

The show will be opened with a 10-minute duo fresh from the Auckland Improv Festival, Jon Mandeno and Kathryn Fitzpatrick... all supported by the wonderful musical improviser Matt Hutton.

Doom & Bloom will be back for our final show in June, but for now, we're thrilled about what's to come tonight, and can't wait for you to join us!

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Devlyn Corrigan and Ben Zolno

Doom & Bloom Presents: CONTROVERSY (Postponed to June)

Everything is burning, and we need to accelerate it...

Through unscripted theatre, Doom & Bloom's CONTROVERSY throws petrol on your innocent audience suggestion, or trivialises the greatest questions of our time.

The world has enough actual debate. This is not that. We’re prepared to punch up on nearly anything, especially if it’s irrelevant.

You’ll never be so happy to be dragged through the mud.

“GRIPPING, DELICIOUS, POIGNANT... They love what they do and are very good at it”
John Smythe
Creative team

Doom & Bloom is an existential improv duo. With its name inspired by our founding work with Jonathan Pitts, Doom & Bloom takes a dark-comedy, realistic, theatrical approach to explore intense dilemmas of modern life.

Nominated as one of the top Improv Troupes for the World Comedy Awards as a duo, the individuals have very different improv backgrounds:

Brendan West is an improvisor and theatre teacher from Hamilton, with 15 years experience in short form and devised theatre.

Ben Zolno is a filmmaker and improv teacher from Chicago, having trained at Second City, Annoyance, and UCB, and studied/performed at iO. He has 20 years experience, which he has used to teach several hundred students through his school Improv Connection, in Wellington.

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Topics are improvised.