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Posted by Website Admin on April 30, 2017

New Zealand Comedy Festival is a Tour de Funny                                                                       

There's nothing as uplifting as a good laugh. So don't be depressed that the Masters Games is over because the 25th annual New Zealand International Comedy Festival is here now!  During May you can laugh yourself silly.

The Festival first had us in stitches back in 1993. You might recognise some of these Kiwi names from the early years; The Topp Twins; Corbett Brothers (Jeremy & Nigel); Jon Bridges, Paul Horan, Alan Brough; Kevin Smith Brendhan Lovegrove, Te Radar, Cal Wilson and Ewen Gilmour. 

Sadly some of these New Zealand artists are no longer around to make us laugh but Kiwi comedy is in good health buoyed by the addition of some major international acts for the 2017 Comedy Fest. Namely Ed Byrne, Chris Martin, Hal Cruttenden, Lou Sanders and Ed Gamble to name a few.

May is shaping up to be a bundle of live laughs.  From send-ups of Gloriavale and Broods, to a masterclass on housewifery for the modern age, there’ll be something to tickle your fancy and get you chuckling this Festival. No laugh yoga or mindfulness training necessary.

On reviewing the line-up, here’s six gigs which tickle my fancy. 

The Bitches' Box.  Described as 'fall off the chair funny" this is well overdue to hit Auckland. This act has toured provincial New Zealand to great acclaim.  Can't wait! 

Two Hearts: Auckland World Tour starring 7-days Laura Daniel  and Joseph Moore. Appears to be a send up of Roxette, Broods and any other good-looking pop spectacle.  Love these two – should be a hoot.  

The Best of Lou Sanders.  Named one of the top 10 comics in Vogue and The Guardian and described by critics as “a breathless adventure”.  This is one UK wahine on the rise.

The Classic Festival Debate – The World vs NZ . Our homegrown comedians take on their international rivals to debate New Zealand’s place in the world.  Lucky we don’t take ourselves too seriously – should be comedy carnage.

Ed Byrne – Outside Looking In.  Just the fact that this is Ed’s fourth trip down under makes me want to see this guy.  Always gets rave reviews so sending my money his way. So he can fund a longhaul upgrade. 

Angella Dravid – Down the Rabbit Hole.   A former legal secretary, rising Kiwi star and Billy T nominee for 2017. Direct reputation, long pauses ……sounds awkwardly funny.  

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