The Watercooler

The Watercooler

Inspired by many well-known storytelling events and podcasts held worldwide (The Moth, This American Life), The Watercooler is a platform for people from all walks to tell stories both true and imagined. Storytellers are given a simple brief to share a story inspired by the month’s theme, whether based on real-life experiences or entirely fictional. Recorded live Basement Theatre (Auckland). Want to share your story? Register your interest to speak at a future event by emailing the organiser:


March 20, 2019 28 mins
This is the follow up episode to our live show The Secret Lives of Drag where Todd and Alice extend on the ideas that came up in our speaker's stories. They touch on Todd wearing make up in public, getting high while watching Ru Paul's Drag Race, and Police and Pride.
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Glitter, dry ice, false eyelashes, and tape. But what goes on behind all the illusion? For the first Watercooler of the year, come hear stories from the drag artists beneath the wigs, make up and drama. In a Pride special, Drag connoisseurs Raoūl Dinesh (Rani Kumari), Dan Veint (Drew Blood) and Sean Stapleton (Shavorn Aborealis) will spill all the tea, sharing stories about how drag found them, how they find it, and everyt...
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November 26, 2017 66 mins
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come and indulge with us, and feed your souls with nourishing tales of food, family, and the festive season. We asked Alice Pearce, Adam Rohe, and Marianne Infante to set the table for us, as they share some truly delicious tales at the fiercest FEAST of the year. This Watercooler is a chance to forget your to-do lists and silly season stresses, and join us for a taste-bud tickl...
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November 20, 2017 55 mins
It’s raining cats and dogs! And all the other animals! There is really no way to write this description without sounding like an advert for Animates, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. This month we get to see Alice Kirker, Jono Croucher, and Grace Cullen delve into the wondrous world of animals. We’ve got the dirt on all the animals in the kingdom including doggos, meow makers, fart squirrels, tall spotty horses, and t...
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November 19, 2017 43 mins
Have you ever been up to your eyeballs in Bullsh*t? It’s fifty shades of brown at this month’s Watercooler as we bring you a wonderful collection of sh*tty stories, and stories about sh*t. Valentine Tauamiti, Albertine Jonas and Todd Waters are ready to rise to the occasion (like a pesky floater that just won’t flush) and tell us all about their own Bullsh*t. (WARNING - ticket prices are not inclusive of toilet paper. P...
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November 19, 2017 69 mins
Watercooler - Issue #40: Growing Pains Stories of challenging growth, demanding expansion, and testing times. This month's Watercooler is all about growing pains. Amanda Billing, Kate Mcgill, and Nathan Joe tell tales of when they were trialed by fire and had to rise to the occasion. Issue #40 is hosted by the ever-hilarious Donna Brookbanks, one of weekly improv show Snort's pioneers, comedian, and actor. Audio en...
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June 30, 2017 56 mins
A change in seasons, a new perspective, an upheaval, a revolution, an unfamiliar chapter. Ahi Karunaharan, Zechariah Soakai and Jacque Drew are ready to hit you with radical stories of their own metamorphosis. This month’s Watercooler offers a fresh look at what it means to have your life move through a new season, or simply to reflect on a season that’s passed. This month's host is the ever-hilarious Donna Brookban...
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June 11, 2017 53 mins
This month’s meaty issue was all about the human body, from flossing habits to fertility, and each tale promised to be fully fleshed out. Featuring big stories about little body parts from Jordan Dodson, Laura Giddey and Grace Maguire. Hosted by Alice Gatland. Audio engineering by Sam Clavis and Todd Waters. Recorded live at The Basement Theatre, 20 April 2017.
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March 28, 2017 60 mins
Cringe-worthy catastrophes, face-flushing fails and sweaty palmed moments of misinterpretation. This month's issue wildly celebrates the awkwardness of the human existence.  Recorded live at The Basement Theatre, 23 March 2017. Featuring tales of the uncomfortable from Kathryn Burnett, Gina Dellabarca and Chye-Ling Huang. Hosted by Alice Snedden. Audio engineering by Todd Waters.
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March 28, 2017 90 mins
From the love bug to fighting back, in the first issue of 2017 listen to three incredible stories of things that light the fire under us all. Stories of self love, of family, of pride. Recorded live at The Basement Theatre, 9 February 2017. Featuring stories from Lillian Hanly, Taane Mete, and Cole Meyers. Hosted by Alice Snedden. Audio engineering by Sam Clavis.
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October 23, 2016 50 mins
Recorded live at BATS Theatre, 8 September 2016. Featuring stories from Jonny Paul, Tai Samaeli, and Anna Guenther. Hosted and produced by Jennifer O'Sullivan. Audio engineering by Oliver Devlin.
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October 16, 2016 42 mins
It's usually straightforward to know when you're experiencing something for the first time, but how do you know if it's the last? Is it easier when you don't know you'll never do the thing again? Or to start something rather than finish it? Recorded live at BATS Theatre on 11 August 2016. Featuring stories from Michael Howard, Freya Sadgrove, and Jess Brien. Hosted and produced by Jennifer O'Sullivan.
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October 9, 2016 56 mins
Stories of times we've wanted to stop and start again, of our favourite TV and film reboots, or maybe even of our fond memories of 90s Canadian-American CGI-animated action-adventure television series Reboot. Recorded live at BATS Theatre on 14 July 2016. Featuring stories from Kristine Bartley, Wiremu Tuhiwai, Matt Powell, and Lori Leigh. Hosted by Jonny Potts, and brought together by new Wellington producer Jennifer...
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October 2, 2016 51 mins
April's issue was loosely inspired by the hit Improv TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Except it's storytelling and there may not be as many Hawaiian shirts paired with khaki trousers. However we did what we could to dress the part. Did Alice Brine just theme this show because she thought up the name and wanted to make it work? Pretty much. Recorded live at BATS Theatre on 14 April 2016. Featuring stories from Jenn...
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September 27, 2016 73 mins
This month's theme is TMI, i.e. "Too Much Information". Writer and actor Ash Jones, comedian Jamie Bowen and journalist Sasha Borissenko will share their stories of knowing too much, too little, revealing too much, wishing they knew more, or taking it in the traditional "TMI" direction with super, super personal stories. Hosted by comedian Alice Snedden (Funny Girls, Jono and Ben). Any and all interpretations of the theme ...
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September 24, 2016 56 mins
Recorded live at BATS Theatre, 17 March 2016. Featuring stories from Eamonn Marra, Kate Robertson, Eli Joseph and Jennifer O'Sullivan. Hosted and produced by Alice Brine. Audio engineering by Oliver Devlin.
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After giving up a promising artistic roller skating career at age eight to pursue dance, music, outdoor pursuits and an awkward teenage phase as a unicyclist, Saran spent most of her childhood flinging herself into the air and making as much noise as possible. Now a professional swing dancer, she spends most of her adulthood flinging herself into the air and making as much noise as possible, only now she gets paid for it...
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April 13, 2016 12 mins
Hadley Donaldson is a poster designer/illustrator/animator recently re-based in Wellington after a couple of years in Auckland. It was okay but then Marshall from Rubicon bought his flat and threw everyone out into the street. It was cool. Hadley heads the show Sketch/Comedy, where he live draws comedian's sets. There has been one show so far and it went very well thank you. Posters n stuff up at http://hadleydonaldson.tu...
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April 6, 2016 14 mins
Originating from Canada, Rob has found a nice home with NZ stand-up comedy and has become a mainstay on the scene - the highlight of his experience receiving an honorary mention in the 2013 National Raw Comedy Quest finals. A mixture of observational and story-telling, Rob's punchlines seem to come out of nowhere, and tend to come often, always leaving the crowd delighted. Rob Co-runs one of VK's weekly shows, The Medici...
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March 30, 2016 11 mins
Hadassah Grace is a writer and performer, with a penchant for questionable life choices. During the day she writes poetry and drinks too much coffee, and at night she takes her clothes off to pay the bills. Her writing explores sex, politics and sexual politics. She’s a high school dropout, but she’s never burned a single kernel of popcorn.
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