PREVIEW: NZ International Comedy Festival: Week Three

May 23, 2019
Matt Baker gives his picks for the final week It’s the third and final week of the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival and there is still an abundance of shows to see. Week two saw Jamaine Ross, James Roque, and Eli Matthewson putting their best feet forward with award-worthy shows, while Hamish Parkinson introduced use to his mum Lynette in […]

REVIEW: The Mournmoor Murders (NZ International Comedy Festvial)

May 17, 2019
[Missing Bodies] Created by Alice May Connolly and Maria Williams, The Mournmoor Murders is an ensemble murder mystery set in a small town in which everyone is a suspect. The hook is that this show is a two-hander in which Connolly and Williams play every role – from the cops investigating the case, through the mayor who becomes the chief suspect, to […]

PREVIEW: NZ International Comedy Festival: Week Two

May 14, 2019
Matt Baker’s back with highlights from week one of the Comedy Festival and his picks for week two Week one of the 2019 NZ International Comedy Fest saw winner of the 2018 Auckland Theatre Excellence Award-winner Leon Wadham follow up his debut hit Giddy, with Funk, an absurd literal and metaphorical journey of self-discovery, which once again blew audiences away. […]

REVIEW: NZ International Comedy Festival Preview Week

May 7, 2019
Matt Baker reports on the early highlights from this year’s Comedy Festival If the Best Foods Comedy Gala is any indication of what the year has to offer, 2019 looks to be a great year for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Winner of the 2018 Best International Guest, Rhys Nicholson is the perfect host for the two-and-half hour plus […]

REVIEW: Inner Dialogue (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 24, 2018
[Tears of a Clown] A man walks into a doctor’s office and says, “Doctor, I’m depressed.” The doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him, that should cheer you up.” The man bursts into tears and says, “But doctor, I am Pagliacci.” Who makes the clowns laugh? It’s a variation on […]

REVIEW: Matt Okine: The Hat Game (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 23, 2018
[A Fine Balance] With his laid-back presence and intelligent humour, Matt Okine’s latest show is a highly watchable evening of stand-up. With just the right brand of Australian colloquialism, Okine’s manner translates well to our Kiwi stages without unnecessary pandering. In between the jokes Okine masterfully weaves something like a rags to riches story into the tapestry of his material. […]

REVIEW: Guy Williams: I Wanna Hear what I Have to Say (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 19, 2018
[One Guy on Stage] Guy Williams is a household name that most Kiwis recognise by now, particularly being of Jono and Ben fame. His comedy career spanning almost a decade has been nothing short of impressive, making him a regular at the NZ Comedy International Festival in Auckland and Wellington. Hence expectations were high at opening night.  But for some reason we […]

REVIEW: Brendan Green: My Mates Dave (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 19, 2018
[Mate!] If you’ve been paying attention to the NZ Comedy, bets are you’ve heard of Brendon Green. His list of credits is pretty impressive – he’s written for TV’s 7 days and The Project, he’s written and performed multiple stand up shows that have toured NZ and internationally, and he has also mentored upcoming young comedians in the Class Comedians […]

REVIEW: Donna Brookbanks: You Do You Babes (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 18, 2018
[Put Your Hands Up] Auckland seems to be teeming with strong female comedians this year. Donna Brookbanks is a prime example: not only funny, but incredibly multifaceted. Nominated for this year’s Billy T award, Brookbanks is back with her ‘sort of’ inspirational comedy show You Do You Babes. Brookbanks isn’t here to mess around; from the moment the doors open […]
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