Joseph Moore – The Basement Studio

Joseph Moore enters the stage at The Basement Studio for Young Comedy Billionaire as if he were a comic performing live at the Apollo, London. The lighting is slick, there are sound cues, voice overs, a sweet PowerPoint presentation and two mics. And they aren’t just smoke and mirrors; Moore is the best young Kiwi comic you haven’t heard of yet.

A Billy T finalist in 2013, Moore is also a core member of Fanfiction Comedy who are storming the comedy circuit reading their fangirl and fanboy mash-up tales on popular culture. Their comedy writing is second to none in this country, and Young Comedy Billionaire has the same sharp writing, with seemingly effortless, self-deprecating delivery.

He is part of a new wave of young comedians who are writing comedy relevant to kids of the 80s and 90s. Scrooge McDuck, Kanye West, working at Subway, restricted licences, Drake’s new album and school certificates feature in a set that, while not clean, will delight just about anyone.

Young Comedy Billionaire has steady momentum, great energy, and a refreshing sense of optimism. Put simply, Moore’s hilarious, as per usual.

See Joseph Moore in Auckland from May 6 – 10, 7.15pm at The Basement Studio.

Reviewed by Rachael McKinnon

4 small stars