2017 NZ International Comedy Festival

This April, the NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co hits a quarter century, and it looks as though we’ve never needed comedy more. What better time is there to embrace the laughter, as others are closing borders, the Comedy Festival are opening their arms to performers from all over the world. Here, they are welcome to share with us their perspectives and observations whilst making us laugh. The laughing bit is super important.

It’ll be a great big melting pot of comedy with acts from Ireland, South Africa, Scotland, Finland, England, Australia, the United States and of course there’s some of our favourite Kiwis.

Below are just a few of the great shows coming to Q, the full Comedy Fest line-up will be announced on Tuesday 28 Feb.

PSA: Extra 10pm show added Fri, May 19!
It’s an hour of therapy, high energy therapy filled with characters, sketches, stand up - hell probably even some dancing. Join me on this journey inside the brain of a slightly crazy, insecure, creative.


Apr 28 to May 19 2017

PSA 31/03/2017: Show cancelled. Due to an unforeseen filming schedule for his upcoming TV show Matt Okine has unfortunately had to pull out of his shows at the 2017 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.



Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

James Nokise has spent the last 10 years focusing on biting political satire, then Brexit happened, then Trumpocalypse happened. So this year it's jokes on sports, New Zealand's favourite pastime!



May 9 to May 13 2017

Returning from his sell-out run at last year's Comedy Fest, and voted NZ's Best Male Comedian (2015 NZ Comedy Guild), Brendhan Lovegrove is back as an open book about his world and the one around him.


May 16 to May 20 2017

Justine has basically seen it all. And made it funny.






May 16 to May 20 2017

This New Zealand-born Samoan brings his guitar and keyboard to the stage to go through his past with a fine-tooth comb in his debut comedy show.




May 16 to May 20 2017

Scruffpot, bogan and effervescent storyteller... 2017 Billy T Nominee Patch Lambert coaxes equal parts hilarity and honesty from life’s pitfalls.





May 16 to May 20 2017

Ray O’Leary (Billy T Nominee 2017) presents a timid unleashing of opinions from an overeducated man with too much time on his hands.




May 16 to May 20 2017

They’re back! Three’s Jono and Ben are recording another special episode LIVE during the Comedy Festival because they love to give the people what they want!



May 17 2017

Using a mix of sharp one liners and clever observations they will delve into the humor behind the thoughts and experiences that result from these anxieties.



May 17 to May 20 2017

He may look like Big Bird after a buzz-cut, but Frenchy's no Muppet! The charming, self-deprecating crowd-work master has sold-out comedy festivals & theatres around Australia, NZ & the UK. His live show is where he really unleashes his anarchic wit.


May 18 to May 19 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.



May 20 2017

2016 Face TV Comedian of The Year award winner Jarred Fell is back!







May 20 2017

PSA: AS OF 18/04/2017: Show cancelled. Due to unforeseen circumstances Steve Hughes has had to cancel his date for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Century Entertainment and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival apologise for the cancellation. 





May 20 2017

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