Yo Yo Yo! is the almost true "rags to bitches" story of the finest rapper to come out of Bucklands Beach in a thousand years. Award winning rapper, raconteur, performance poet, and standup comedian John Carr re-lives his meteoric rise from obscurity to mediocrity, in rap, rhyme, and spoken word.
The show is John Carr's first solo comedy show although he has been a regular and popular performer on the Auckland stand-up scene since he arrived in 2009 with a fruity rap in his repetoire.
"The Mango Rap" was meant to be Carr's last stand against the onset of old age. Instead of getting him out on the street and down with the kids, it took him to a Kiwiana debate for the over 60s in Otorohanga, and from there the story got worse.
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That story is told in Yo Yo YO! and it is not one for the faint of heart. Command performances for the Medic Alert Foundation in Upper Hutt and the New Zealand Colostomy Bag Nurses Association Annual Conference in Hamilton took Carr to places no street rapper has been before or since.
Carr's attempts to get his rapping career back on the street are covered in the second part of the show which concludes with a courageous and spectacular, fully blinged, freestyle, booty bouncing, "Dougie doing" finale that could well re-define the nature of hiphop in New Zealand, if not kill it all together. You owe it to yourself to be there.
Carr on mercy dash to Korean Peninsula
John Carr's plans for an Easter re-union Rap-Fest with old krump brothers in Otahuhu were put on hold on Thursday after the the old school rapper received a late night email from close friend Dennis Rodman.
Good Friday saw Carr on a plane to North Korea to try and talk dictator and long time "J Doggg" fan, Kim Jong Un, out of executing his own barber.
Carr was able to broker a deal where the barber's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in return for two front row seats to Yo Yo Yo's opening night on April 27. "I was happy with the result," said Carr on his return to Auckland on Sunday night. "When I saw the haircut close up, I too felt it was a capital offence but I managed to talk Kim out of it. He seemed very happy with the tickets, but I haven't told him yet that he will be sitting next to Sally Ridge."