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A drop of golden sun

Poet, librarian and comedian Ray Shipley’s new show All This Crying Is Making Me Hungry is a love story and a terrible tragedy. We asked Ray some silly questions and their thoughtful responses, including why they’re not ok with ‘Chill Vibes Only’, made us feel lots of things.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

How everyone else in their cars has an equally rich and overwhelming experience of life and how that is too many people for me to comprehend which makes me panic. Also, did I turn off the stove?

What were you like at 15?

I was trying very hard to be like everyone else in my immediate friend-group and not stand out in any way, which I was not very good at.

What quote or saying do people say that you think is complete BS?

Chill Vibes Only gets printed on mugs and t-shirts and stationary and it’s some real heavy BS. It’s targeted at women and it’s just another one of those things that encourages us to think of our normal emotional responses to stuff as creating drama or being crazy.

What’s something your brain tries to make you do and you have to will yourself not to do it?

Check all my social media feeds one after another in an infinite loop.

Where were you 3 hours ago?

Getting a haircut. Wearing the stupid cape that makes you look like you’ve got no neck.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

I don’t know, but it reminds me of my favourite in this genre of joke: why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side.

Describe your show in 5 words:

A Bit Of A Laugh.

Or: fun, funny, romantic, queer, serious.

Ray is a 2019 Billy T nominee and the current Christchurch Poetry Slam Champion. They were ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2017 National Raw Comedy Quest Final, and nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ for their show He & She at the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Ray’s new show All This Crying Is Making Me Hungry in Wellington from May 8-11 and Auckland from May 21-15, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.
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