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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
JAMIE BOWEN: IT HAPPENED THEN, NOW

15 May 2018 - 19 May 2018

Jamie witnessed an event. A moment in time. A child, eating a sandwich. This is an exploration of that moment; that happened then, now. Two-time Fred Award nominee and two-time winner of NZ Comedy Guild Best Live Show award, Jamie has been performing comedy for over 18 years. He knows what he's doing. He’s even been on the TV, 7 Days, the Gala, AotearoHA, all of that stuff. You're in safe hands he...
Best Comedy Show On Earth

06 May 2018

10 comedians, 100s of jokes, 1000s of laughs! Get a sneak peak of Comedy Fest’s brightest stars and freshest talent in this fast-paced stand-up showcase that’s guaranteed to have you finding your next fave and wanting more. This show has a flavour to suit everyone, featuring killer sets from some of the top international and local comedians. Perfect for mates, Tinder dates, that colleague you want...
CLASS COMEDIANS SHOWCASE: STARRING THE 2018 CLASS COMEDIANS

19 May 2018

Fresh from their intensive comedian training, these high schoolers are new to the stage but not to the game of comedy. Catch this year’s line-up of talented graduates from the NZ Comedy Trust’s Class Comedians programme as they unleash their skills crafted by some of New Zealand’s leading comedians. We’ve got a seriously impressive track record of previous graduates including; Rose Matafeo (Jono a...
INNER DIALOGUE: HOSTED BY MIKE KING

10 May 2018

Hosted by I Am Hope ambassador Mike King, we welcome to the stage a bold line-up of progressive New Zealand entertainers sharing their own encounters with mental health; be they everyday anxieties, technology-induced glitches or things that have cut a bit closer to the bone. In a powerful and touchingly humourous event, join us as we explore our inner dialogue to help make sense of the things we t...
Stand Up For Kids

05 May 2018

The power of laughter is one infectious force - so bring your little heroes along to this action-packed giggle fest hosted by the hilarious Chris Parker (5 & 12 May) and Hayley Sproull (19 May). Stand Up for Kids is a family-friendly, interactive show aimed at 4 - 8 year olds, but suitable for kids slightly older and younger. Relax on a bean bag or grab a seat and let your laugh out for 50 minutes...
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