NZ International Comedy Festival 2017 - Round Up
NZ International Comedy Festival 2017 - Round Up
The Festival was started back in 1993 at the Watershed Theatre in Auckland, with 'three weeks of open slather comedy'. You might recognise some of these names from the first couple of years; The Topp Twins; Corbett Brothers (Jeremy & Nigel); Facial DBX (made up of Jon Bridges, Paul Horan, David Downs, Paul Yates, Dave Horn, Alan Brough); Kevin Smith & Peter Rowsthorn (Kath & Kim), Brendhan Lovegrove, Te Radar, Sugar & Spice, Cal Wilson and Ewen Gilmour.

Some of the first international comedians performing in the early years included Alan Davies, Simon Pegg, Bill Bailey, Lano and Woodley, Rich Hall and Ardal O’Hanlan.

Audiences loved it and the Festival grew and grew into the massive annual event that it is today! Every year, for three weeks in Auckland and Wellington as well as regional touring around the rest of the country, we're proud to bring the laughs to Aotearoa.

This year, the NZ International Comedy Festival runs from the 27th April - 21st May. The Festival is not only a hugely popular event, but also an extremely accessible one. With comedy performances ranging from stand up, sketch, improv, theatre, children's and musical comedy the Comedy Festival provides something for everyone to laugh at!
NZ International Comedy Festival 2017 - Round Up
Comedy Festival - Last Laughs

21 May 2017

The Comedy Fest will go out with a bang in this dynamite show hosted by the brilliantly funny Jesse Griffin. Last Laughs will tease out the final giggles of the Festival with cracker performances by the five Billy T Award nominees, the three Fred Awards finalists (for the Best NZ Show) and some surprise guests on the night. Join Festival comedians in the crowd as we award the Fred Gumboot & Billy ...
Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala

27 Apr 2017

Hosted by Urzila Carlson This is the first announcement for the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. The Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala will showcase a plethora of amazing comedians, many for the first time on a New Zealand stage. Hosted by the greatest South African/New Zealand comedian this world has ever seen, Urzila Carlson will lead the charge introducing audien...
ED BYRNE – OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

02 May 2017 - 06 May 2017

Irish comedian and international sensation, Ed Byrne, celebrates his 20 year love affair with NZ audiences with his seventh tour down under, in his new show ‘Outside Looking In’. This highly acclaimed show will be one of the headlining acts the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co in Auckland and Wellington. He is also touring to Napier, New Plymouth and Auckland’s No...
Class Comedians Show Case - Comedy Fest

20 May 2017

Start 'em young, we say! This year's line-up of talented high school students have made it through their intensive comedy training and are amped to unleash their stand-up skills on an audience. Every year the quality of the comedy from these performers blows our mind. As seen with previous Class Comedians graduates Rose Matafeo (TV3’s Jono and Ben, Funny Girls), Rhys Mathewson (Best Bits, 7 Days) ...
Best Comedy Show on Earth - Comedy Festival

30 Apr 2017

10 Comedians, 100’s of jokes, 1000’s of laughs! Get a sneak peek of the Comedy Fest’s brightest stars each Sunday in this fast-paced showcase that is guaranteed to have you finding your next Festival fave, with a super tasty selection of the finest international and local comedians. There’s plenty of flavours to suit everyone so it’s great for dates, mates, social groups or a family outing you’d b...
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