In this seventh comedy special, Diane comes to terms with motherhood, sewing, nature documentaries. This is a softer side to Diane, but not less cutting in her wit. Also features jokes about Katie Price and the wrong way to conduct a guinea pig funeral.
Powertool (2015) In this sixth comedy special, Diane’s confessional and storytelling style are at their strongest, as she details life in 2014. She and her partner Kevin were trying to get a house together during the UK housing crisis, when a media celebrity contacted Diane and asked her to write a play to take to the Edinburgh fringe festival in 2014. Critics and audience who watched both the 2014 show and this 2015 comedy show were delighted, questionning if Diane had created a new genre of live comedy show – the behind-the-scenes autopsy.
Hurricane Diane (2013) Diane’ s fifth hour long comedy special about trying to find love – despite the fact that she is a natural disaster. Written more as a theatrical piece, the storytelling element was highly praised by audience and critics alike, with Diane continuing her style of interweaving jokes and pictures painted with words. Continuing to explore the physical performance space, the scenery was made by Diane’s Mother, and when produced at the Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Fringe festival, the audience would come in as Diane was constructing the rooftoop setting. It can be put up and struck down in under 7 minutes.
Exquisite Bad Taste (2012) Written with the sole intention of putting on YouTube, this is Diane’s fourth comedy special, exploring “what is offensive”. This show includes gingerism, fancy dress and time travelling fueled by alcohol. It continues to be the most controversial of Diane’s comedy specials and this was really the first time Diane wrote comedy social commentary. The painting seen at the back is two sided – on the hidden side is Diane’ s head, mounted like a hunting trophy. This stunning picture was created by photographer Steve Ullathorne. Beginning to experiment with the theatrical potential of stand-up show, when audience came in/out Diane flipped the picture to give the impression of her emerging from it.
All-pervading madness (2011) This was created as a sequel to Lost in the Mouth Specific (below), and details the perilous and hilarious journey Diane took to get home after a bad gig. Stories from Diane’s life are woven together, whether they appear in chronological order or as tangents. This was the first show that gained widespread critical recognition at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, and it was Nominated Best Comedy (Emerging) at the Adelaide Fringe festival 2011. Filmed in Los Angeles, in the back room of Melt Comics on Sunset Boulevard.
Lost in the Mouth Specific (2010) Only the second of Diane’s comedy specials, this was the first time Diane wrote a show in the timeframe of a year. This show really marked her jump into the world of professional comedy, and was performed in an antipodean tour of festivals (Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand) and was Diane’s first “solo” show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival as part of the PBH Free Fringe. Containing an infamous and extended toilet scene, it was for this show that Diane won the Chortle Best Newcomer Award in 2011. This show has been translated with Italian subtitles, available on YouTube.
Wit, Charm & Filth (2009) Diane’s first hour long comedy special, this was an amalgamation of stand-up that Diane had written over 3 years. Over that time she was Nominated Best Newcomer 2007 and Best Female Comedy 2009 by the New Zealand Comedy Guild (where Diane was resident at the time). Filmed at The Classic Comedy Bar, this show reveals the start of Diane’s style as a comic who takes events from her own life and turns them into well constructed sets packed with punchlines. Originally titled “Tam Pom Pom” Diane re-named the show, taking the new title from a review.