Being terrified of pterodactyls has made for a great joke for one Lower Hutt comedian.
Billy T nominee Patch Lambert is on tour with his show Terrordactyl, an autobiographical performance. The name for his routine comes from a story in the show about his childhood.
“Mum’s sewing machine was right next to my room and I could hear the noise coming through.”
Not knowing what a sewing machine sounded like, he assumed the noise was a jurassic predator.
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Lambert grew up in Korokoro and attended St Bernard’s College during what he called his “formative years”.
He dived into comedy about three years ago and started out performing in open mic nights at the Fringe bar in Wellington. Last year, he flew to Auckland to take part in a two-night showcase at the Classic Comedy & Bar and came away with a Billy T nomination.
“It was really exciting beingnominated, like ‘wow’ but as soon as I got off the plane in Wellington I was like ‘****, I can’t suck anymore’.”
The finalists are being judged across their performances in the 2017 New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the the winner will be announced in Auckland on May 21.
Being introduced as a Billy T nominee when doing stand-up put a lot more pressure on, he said.
It’s not just his own childhood he draws inspiration from either, as he has started writing jokes about being a dad.
“At this stage I’m just writing about what’s in front of me and what’s behind me.”
His son, Max, is one and when Lambert first found out he was going to be a father he thought his comedy career would have to stop.
Instead, he said it’s helped him and he’s been working harder on his material.
* Patch Lambert will be performing Terrordactyl at Bats Theatre, Wellington from May 2 to 6. Tickets are $20 or $15 concession online.