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waterways, Dr Humphrey said the duck popu-
lation would probably need to be culled. This may
not involve killing live ducks, but could be imple-
mented in other ways.
Until the rivers were actively cleaned up, Dr
Humphrey said pollution levels would be high.
Whitebait catches from the Avon tested last
season showed high pollution levels.
It could come down to making a decision
between whitebait and ducks.
Whitebaiters want clean waterways, of course
they do. They're surprised at the levels of pollution
we are finding.
Ducks and dogs are just two of the issues that
need to be discussed now.''
Further story P11
City rebuilt with humour
and open mic sessions
By ABBIE NAPIER
LAUGH IT UP: Craig Tulloch is organising a regular stand-up comedy open-mic night.
CHRISTCHURCH IS in serious need of
some laughs, and who better to provide
them than Cantabrians with gumption?
Comedy enthusiast and amateur
comedian Craig Tulloch moved to
Christchurch to help with the rebuild
about two years ago.
A self-employed builder and con-
struction worker, Craig has been trying
to inject some life into the city's woeful
standup comedy scene.
Originally based in Auckland, Craig
became involved in standup comedy
when he was new to the big smoke.
He did his first standup routine about
three years ago at an open-mic night.
I'd been thinking of lots of funny
things, and I thought it was comedy gold
-- that is until people didn't find it funny.
The first time I got up there I completely
So why did he keep doing it after cra-
shing and burning so completely on the
Say you get three laughs in your first
gig, the next one you just aim to get four.''
It's brutal, but it's also a passion and
an infectious pastime. The laughs and
the challenge keep comedians coming
back for more.
Originally from Scotland, Craig says
Kiwis are a tough crowd.
It's hard to get a laugh out of Kiwis,
especially in small venues. You have to
work hard for it,'' he said.
It's a tough role to play, and it's even
tougher getting up in front of a small
audience in a bar and trying to make
We're just in Christchurch to cheer
the place up,'' he said.
We're pretty laid-back guys and we're
just looking to make a success of it.''
Craig is now on the hunt for would-be
comedians to join his open-mic comedy
He and a group of five regulars perform
at two suburban bars once a month, but
are in the market for more talent.
Because he recognises how hard it is to
take the stage for the first time, he is
holding weekly comedy writing sessions
at his house on a Wednesday night.
Comedians get together and test their
material, help each other improve, and
brainstorm for the next performance.
The idea is to take the edge off that
first stage show.
Craig and his group are looking for
people to give the open-mic nights a go --
no experience required. He is also looking
for venues to hold more open-mic nights.
Even if no-one turns up and it's just
us, we can drink enough beer to pay the
bar's electric bill, easy.''
It's a good night out, and the group
doesn't charge entry, and doesn't charge
a performance fee.
It's just about having a good night out
and a laugh.''
To get involved, email Craig at
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