Like the rest of the internet-having world, Sam Brooks has been listening to Lorde's new album today. Unlike most of the world, he writes plays for a living. Here's his interpretation of his favourite song from the album.
New Zealand has a long storied history of pop music, from 'Blue Smoke' to 'Poi E' to 'Royals'. Chelsea Jade and Sam Brooks did their best to cover some of the forgotten and not-so-forgotten gems in between.
Speaking to your brain while hitting you in the gut: The Basement’s Julia Croft double bill, reviewed
Sam Brooks reviews If There’s No Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming and Power Ballad, two plays by rising star dramturgist Julia Croft on now at The Basement.
Spinoff Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks takes a look at the recent history of the Billy T Award, what felt different about this year's nominees, and what that means for New Zealand's comedy industry as a whole.
Urzila Carlson is straight up the biggest comedian in the country today. Spinoff Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks talks to her about how she got so good at being funny.
There’s the Billy T Award, there’s the Fred Award, but now we’ve got comedy co-editor Sam Brooks’ completely biased and very serious comedy festival awards.
Rose Matafeo won the Fred Award last night. It's New Zealand's most prestigious comedy award, along with the Billy T Award (which she has also won). Sam Brooks talks to her about her comedy, life overseas, and their shared passion for musical flop Nine.
Comedy Festival reviews: Louise Beuvink and Joel Creasey impress, while two Billy T nominees fall short.
Sam Brooks roars into the third week with two of this year's Billy T nominees, an impressive hour from local comedian Louise Beuvink, and a great one from Australian Joel Creasy.