Simon Bridges tries comedy

Simon Bridges has failed to impress as National’s leader. Now he is trying comedy. Does this come off as successful ordinary blokeness, or does it look lame and desperate?

“Must-watch”? I did my blogger duty and tried watching it but I gave up half way through. Jono and ben made out they thought it was hilarious – perhaps laughing at the effect it might have on their show ratings – I didn’t find it very funny.

Newshub: Simon Bridges pranks customers at supermarket checkout (video included)

Simon Bridges has tried his hand at working at a supermarket checkout.

After a bad week in the Beehive, the National Party leader appeared on Three’s Jono and Ben to have a go at their long-running ‘Next Actor’ segment.

Mr Bridges donned a Countdown uniform and a headset, through which he received orders from mischievous hosts Jono and Ben.

Actually, there were aspects of it that I thought were quite inappropriate, like joking about theft as an employee, giving away goods, and handling food with his mouth.

One woman who approached his checkout knew exactly who he was, and didn’t look happy about being served by the politician.

In an effort to win her over, Mr Bridges tried to give back her GST in the form of 10c coins.

“Because I like you, I’m going to give you all your tax back on this stuff because you’re paying far too much tax at the moment.”

However, she was unimpressed by his gesture.

Some may think it was a hoot, but I was unimpressed with Bridges doing this. I’d rather see him try to look competent as a political leader. Perhaps he has given up on that.

Allowing himself to be used by a couple of shock jocks looks lame and desperate to me.

19 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  October 5, 2018

    Jono & Ben ?? That pair of utter twits ?? Christ !

    He has to go. >:D

    What about Melissa ? o_O

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 5, 2018

      Or anyone? They say tragedy repests as comedy but i don’t think we can wait for it.

    • Corky

       /  October 5, 2018

      Yes, one thing I love about Asians…they don’t do PC. When they see a pile of crap they will tell you it’s a pile of crap….and not a diverse rose garden.

  2. Blazer

     /  October 5, 2018

    His whole tenure has been…comedy…just not very funny.

    He has undoubted talent at doing…awkward.

  3. Corky

     /  October 5, 2018

    Anyone notice the only nasty piece of miserable humanity on that clip? Yep, it was that snivelling Lefty. That’s why I would vote Right….if I voted. Thank god her face was blotted out.

  4. robertguyton

     /  October 5, 2018

    Chris Trotter on Simon Bridges: a young boy dressed up in his father’s suit
    “About a politician who cannot seem to make the simplest of moral judgements there will always be an air of inauthenticity and impersonation. Bridges has been described (unkindly, but not entirely inaccurately) as a young boy dressed-up in his father’s suit. The jacket’s cuffs extend well beyond his fingertips and the legs of the trousers puddle around his Dad’s too-big shoes. It’s an image that invites ridicule – not respect.

    It is Bridges’ lack of authenticity: the impression he gives of playing politics by-the-numbers and without conviction; that makes the electorate so unwilling to take him seriously. He can frown, scowl, pout and shout his defiance of the Coalition Government and all its leaders do is laugh. Much as a gathering of youngsters would laugh if one of their number attempted to impersonate the responsible adult in the room.”

  5. duperez

     /  October 5, 2018

    I don’t watch those guys on tv, I won’t watch the clip. The shop would’ve been happy if I was in store and realised something was up though. Big sale. I would’ve headed straight to the fruit and vegetables section and grabbed all the leeks, taken them up and dropped them on the counter in front of the man.😊

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  October 5, 2018

    I was pleasantly surprised how well Bridges came across, when interviewed he usually comes across as rather wooden and stilted. The skit brought out the softer more human side of Bridges. A glimpse into why his colleagues voted for him as leader.

    • Corky

       /  October 5, 2018

      Yeah, well..are you taking the piss?

      • Patzcuaro

         /  October 5, 2018

        No it looked like he was having fun

        • Gezza

           /  October 5, 2018

          Yeah I just watched it. He was quite good, really. Funnier than those two wankers giving him the instructions. Christ. Are those two plonkers the best tv3 can do?

          One thing about Simon is he can do it with a straight face. His expression never changes in any circumstances, does it? 😀

  7. Haha, I thought he was funny and carried it off well. The mouth moment was a bit too eeewww for me though. 9/10

  8. robertguyton

     /  October 5, 2018

    I watched, just now and laughed with Simon – I thought he was a great sport with a sense of humour – I liked him. Plus, brave enough to do really dodgy stuff without flinching, like the “look mum, no hands” challenge. I was impressed by Simon Bridges.

    • PDB

       /  October 5, 2018

      I see you’ve come to your senses and want him to stay to improve the chances of the left.

      • robertguyton

         /  October 5, 2018

        Only if he plays the fool…oh, hang on!!

  9. Zedd

     /  October 5, 2018

    a joker or just a JOKE ?

    actually I think it would be great to see him stay on, at least until 2023 or longer

  10. PDB

     /  October 5, 2018

    After viewing it I’ve come to the conclusion that Simon will make it with a bit more training……….as a checkout operator. Even then they would be fast tracking a self-service machine to replace him. Seriously this is the end for him so bad that was which would be good for the National party. Had a whiff of Bill English boxing about it.

    • robertguyton

       /  October 5, 2018

      If Judith stood behind the checkout, playing “Checkout-chick”, all of the customers would bypass her and go to another lane.

      • robertguyton

         /  October 5, 2018

        “Is this juice freshly squeezed?”
        Collins: Cruuuush!! “It is now”.