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
Best Foods Comedy Gala

26 Apr 2018

Tickets will be on public sale on Thursday 16 February at 12pm. Hosted by Comedy Fest crowd favourite Arj Barker, this year’s Best Foods Comedy Gala will launch the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with one hell of an illustrious night of comedy in Auckland. Arj Barker has a special connection with New Zealand and our Kiwi sense of humour, with many of us first getting to know him as Dave, in...
David O'Doherty

29 Apr 2018

Unhook your mindbras, David O'Doherty is coming back to New Zealand with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. That is, if the demo tune doesn't go off on the keyboard as his suitcase is being unloaded from the plane like last time, and the New Zealand border police almost carry out a controlled explosion on it.
DAVID CORREOS: THE CORREOS EFFECT

02 May 2018 - 05 May 2018

Billy T Award winner David Correos has developed a reputation for delivering a maelstrom of comedy that has seen him get five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is full noise, powerful, messy comedy; defying genre and labels. Sometimes it's paint, sometimes cinnamon, could be a bread knife - it's hysterical nonsense. This year's show has already required discussions around extra power supp...
The Umbilical Brothers – Not Suitable for Children

15 May 2018 - 19 May 2018

Everyone’s favourite elastic Australian comedy duo, THE UMBILICAL BROTHERS are back with a brand new show. It contains violence, sexual references, pseudo drug taking and frequent coarse language - it is absolutely NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Returning to Auckland this May (15-19) for a strictly limited season at Q Theatre with their lauded show NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, join David (Col...
James Smith - Pleasure Enthusiast

05 May 2018

Australian and internationally renowned comedian James Smith was chosen as a special guest on US comedy giant Chris Rock’s July 2017 Total Black Out Tour of Australia and New Zealand. Smith was personally selected by the two-time Oscar host himself and earned rave reviews for his set. Now James Smith presents his debut New Zealand show Pleasure Enthusiast this May for one night only at SKYCITY...
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