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.

Laugh out loud as part of the studio audience at Q Theatre on Wednesday, then hear yourself on TV 3 on Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 26 2017

Life is like learning the recorder. It looks way easier than it is, you're mostly blowing hot air, and it results in a lot of internal screaming.

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Look at this planet. Plans A to Y have all failed. Now is the time for Plan Z!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

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 Apr 29 2017

Don't miss the stunning new show from Scotland's internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedian.

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Mixing stand up, physical comedy and circus this show is full of ideas that didn’t quite make it - like the Laser Kiwi flag.

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Despite his unfleekable brows, John Carr is down with the young ones, and at the tender age of 63 he's ready to talk about it.

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Check out this up-and-cumming (occasionally) young performer in her first solo show.

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

When he’s not winning awards, Matt is one of the most endearing and engaging storytellers on stage. He’s played to sell-out crowds at all of the world’s major festivals and is in NZ for two-shows-only, don’t miss him.

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

The weird and truly wonderful Mr Paul Foot aka Professor Ketchup makes his NZ debut, joining forces with his camembert piglet to tackle the big issues such as terrorism, Kim Jong-un Kardashian, immigration X-Factor and breakfast.

Apr 28 2017

Hi it’s me Ray but you can call me Australia’s Premier Comedian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Award-winning comedian Raybon Kan presents his view through the bottom of a half-empty glass

 

 

 

 

Apr 28 to Apr 29 2017

Officially named 'The World's Funniest Comedian' at Laugh Factory's USA 2014 Global search. Ismo has some unfinished business. He sold out in 2016 at The Classic, so he's back by public demand for one-night-only at Q Theatre.

Apr 29 2017

Four world-class comedians packed in to one big two hour show.

 

 

 

 

 

May 1 to May 13 2017

Brynley Stent (Funny Girls, SNORT and Comedy Fest hit show Camping) is Providence Gratitude. Join her on her bizarre first few days in the big, wide world.

 

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

Uplifting, illuminating and meticulously crafted comedy

 

 

 

 

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

Nazeem Hussain has a love/not-so-love relationship with Australia that is fraught with mistrust. And given the state of the world, the feeling's mutual.

 

 

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

Comedian Rhys Nicolson is whip smart and sassy, and the king of cheap laughs and expensive suits. You should totally come. Bring some friends. Like, eighty friends.

 

 

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

Comedian Tony Lyall's Happy Hour will be a celebration of the good times in life. From travelling the world to having a family, everyone has a different idea of what it means to be happy. This show is an examination of what is essentially the meaning of life.

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

Zoe finally returns to the Festival after a year that has seen her appear on Live at the Apollo, The John Bishop Show and win the Chortle Best Comic Award (UK).

 

 

 

May 2 to May 6 2017

After winning the Billy T last year and stepping out of the shadows with his full noise extremity, David Correos is going FULL CORREOS! To understand what this means is to know that it will be a hilarious, action-packed show that will leave you gasping for more.

May 3 to May 6 2017

Defying all safe space, genderqueer performance artist Ren (of Michelle/Ryan and the hit play "Ze": Queer as Fuck!) brings un-conventional comedy to the identity debate to prove that we all humor what makes each of us ridiculous.

May 3 to May 6 2017

With over 139K Subscribers, 19.3 million hits on YouTube and their own sketch series Trendy on Comedy Central you know you’re in good comedic hands.

 

 

 

May 4 to May 6 2017

Bring your own little heroes along to this action-packed series of live comedy shows and let them unleash their mighty giggles in this fun-filled event.

 

 

 

 

May 6 to May 13 2017

Filling dark times and strange places with humor, irreverence and an ukulele, this is another hilarious and disturbing self-help manual that you never knew you needed.

 

May 9 to May 13 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

James has stumbled upon something really cool and wants to share it with you all.

 

 

 

 

May 9 to May 13 2017

For too long they've been slumming it as comedians, and finally they've found their true calling.

 

 

 

May 9 to May 13 2017

Fresh from opening for Danny Bhoy's nationwide NZ tour, join Nick (Winner Best Comedy Show Dunedin Fringe) as he hilariously tackles this peculiar new world of Kombucha and inspirational quotes.

 

 

May 9 to May 13 2017

Learn how to navigate the minefield grief with award-winning comedian and longtime Dead Dads Club member, Sarah Harpur.

 

 

 

 

May 9 to May 13 2017

Dusty Rich is a master of crowd interaction, moving spontaneous ideas around the room faster than his yoga-like lunges accentuating a physicality that only makes his performances even more hilarious.

 

 

May 10 to May 13 2017

Comedy is about the things that don't fit in. This show puts three of those things in one place. You'll love their bold awkwardness and obsessive love of cats.

 

 

May 10 to May 13 2017

Troy Kinne's popularity continues to soar with his online videos being constantly shared all over the world. Most know Troy from his hit sketch comedy TV show KINNE, which saw him nominated for a Logie award.

 

 

May 10 to May 13 2017

Google has completely changed human society, giving instant access to a vast array of cat videos and 'Which Disney princess are you?' quizzes. Comedian Tim Muller is so good at googling that he became a scientist! Come bask in his learning.

May 12 to May 13 2017

You’ll be treated to Dai Henwood, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Nick Rado, Jesse Griffin and more in this two-hour show – including visiting internationals. A special event not to be missed!

 

 

 

May 14 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

Joel Creasey, Australia's crown prince of comedy returns to Auckland with his brand new show.

 

 

 

 

 

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

From the art of passive aggressive Facebook comments to the science of making champagne with a goon bag and a SodaStream, join Louise Beuvink for a masterclass in etiquette and housewifery for the modern age.

 

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

Are you NZ's next big comedy thing? Find out in the 2017 Raw Comedy Quest.

 

 

 

 

May 18 2017

Identity is unique for everyone. We all have our own experiences around our heritage, our upbringing and where we feel we fit within our community.

 

 

 

 

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

Internationally renowned stand-up comedian Steve Hughes tells it like it is – confronting, thought provoking and always hilarious.

 

 

 

 

May 20 2017

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