• Home  > 
  • Whats On  > 
  • NZ International Comedy Festival 2018 - Round Up
NZ International Comedy Festival 2018 - Round Up
NZ International Comedy Festival 2018 - 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 26th April - 20th 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 2018 - Round Up
Arj Barker - Organic

18 May 2018 - 19 May 2018

As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they're brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin'. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That's quality you can trust. *may contain traces of nuts "Barker is an incredibly a able storyteller" - Bad Feeling Magazine You obviously have g...
Urzila Carlson - Loser

04 May 2018 - 05 May 2018

Multi award-winning South African/New Zealand comedian – URZILA CARLSON brings her brand-new comedy show LOSER to SkyCity Theatre. “Marvellous subversiveness” - Theatreview “Effortlessly likeable... stream of belly-laughs” - The Age “Loser is almost always negative, Urzila says, I’ve lost my keys, a relative, my mind, money, dignity… it’s only positive when you lose some weight. WHY? If you meet s...
Paul Chowdhry - Live Innit

30 Apr 2018

UK comedian Paul Chowdhry is bringing his highly acclaimed Live Innit show for his first New Zealand show at SkyCity Theatre on 30 April as part of the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Live Innit sees Paul Chowdhry addressing love in the cyber age, trolling the trolls and an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. Paul said “the Live Innit tour has sold out almost everywh...
Carl Barron - Drinking With A Fork

28 Apr 2018

CARL BARRON, arguably the most successful and accomplished comedy performer in Australia, is set to make a welcome return to New Zealand this April/May bringing his hugely successful new stand up show ‘Drinking with a Fork’ to theatres in Hamilton, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. For established fans and for those yet to become familiar with Barron’s wry observational style of ...
A VERY NOTORIOUS* LATE NIGHT SHOW

05 May 2018

Holy shit balls, the mother of all shows is about to drop yo! A revolving set of co-hosts will make sure this beast will be a beast! David Correos and Donna Brookbanks, Dai Henwood and Justine Smith, and Ben Hurley, Jamie Bowen and the 22 Rants Band will each introduce the best comics into this late night situation. Salsa night, games night and revolution night are all on the cards. This will be a...
Event Map

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
02 Auckland's Best Outlet Shops

We check out the five best spots for outlet shoppi...

image
04 Aaron Eckhart Interview

Aaron Eckhart, star of Olympus Has Fallen, tells V...

image
05 Auckland's Best Rooftop Bars

When Auckland's weather allows, enjoy a few coldie...

Content updated: 16/07/2019 19:03

Latest Features

If you fancy taking your mum out this Mother's Day then look no futher than this list of all the best stuff to do with mumsy in Auckland.
Honour those who served our country by attending an Anzac Day commemorative service.
Everyone is Irish on Sunday March 17th - we've picked out the best St Patrick's Day events in Auckland
Elton John to tour NZ for the last time as part of a huge farewell tour.

Noteworthy

Live Music in AucklandLive Music in Auckland

So many concerts - so little time!

Get Listed

Whats On Most Viewed

Hitwise Award Winner