The 5 must-see shows at this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival

The NZ International Comedy Festival has officially kicked off and this year it’s back with a bang! The program is jam-packed with much-loved favourites and some new faces that are guaranteed to leave you howling. With over 100 shows at your doorstep,  it can be a hard task deciding what to see. We’ve whittled it down to six side-splitting performances that we think are a must see. Oh and don’t forget the tissues for those mascara mishaps – there’s bound to be plenty!

James Acaster

We can’t get enough of Brit James Acaster, so much so his shows have sold out at lightning pace, but never fear an extra show has been added to the mix, but get in there quick! Acaster never fails to bring in the laughs, and has even been nominated for the ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The comical genius brings his new show ‘Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999’ to the fest this year, where he reflects on the best and worst years of his life.

When: 03 May -12th May 2019

Time:   7pm

Venues: SKYCITY Theatre, Q Theatre, Rangatira

Urzila Carlson

If you’re looking for belly laughs then you’ll certainly get just that with South African born Urzila Carlson. Known for being brutally honest by reflecting on her own life, you can’t help but feel a connection with her, whether that’s humour, sympathy or sadness – she’ll make you feel something, that’s for sure! Bringing her brand new show ‘Token African’ to Q theatre, Carlson will give you a grand tour of her hometown with plenty of belly chuckles thrown in too.  

When: 03 May – 25th May 2019

Time:   8.30pm

Venues: Bruce Mason Centre, Q Theatre, Rangatira

Chris Parker

2018’s Fred Winner for his smash hit show, Camp Binch, Chris Parker is back with his new work ‘ICONIQUE’ and let’s just say it’s going to be iconic! Join Parker has he shared stories, jokes, songs, dances and wigs inspired by his influences, Dolly Parton, Judie Garland, Barbara Streisand and many more. Sit back, relax and watch as Parker makes an icon out of himself.

When: 7th May -11th May 2019

Time:  7:15pm

Venues: Q Theatre, Loft

Frickin Dangerous Bro

After a smash season at last years NZ International Comedy Festival and just missing out on the Fred Award– renowned sketch group Frickin Dangerous Bro are back to prove their worth with their new sketch Legacy. The comedy trio, Jamaine Ross, James Roque and Pax Assadi hit rock bottom after their loss last year, but the boys have now jumped back on the gruelling path to redemption in order to cement their ‘Legacy’. Come witness their return to glory.

When: 14th May – 18th May

Time: 10pm

Venues: Q Theatre, Loft

Rhiannon Mccall

Do you want to live a happier healthier life? Yes! Then get rid of your mindfulness apps and throw out your keto cookbooks as Rhiannon Mccall is bringing you her self-help show Eat Slay Love to help you lead a happier and healthier life. Directed by comedy genius Laura Daniel, you guaranteed a night of cheek aching laughter!

When: 7th May – 11th May 2019

Time: 8.45pm

Venues: Q Theatre, Cellar

To find out more about what’s on this year at the NZ International Comedy Festival, click here.

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