New Zealand Comedy Festival at Te Auaha

Te Auaha is excited to be hosting 21 shows as part of the 2018 New Zealand International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo! Join us for a show, it’s a great opportunity to check out our stunning new facilities.

Te Auaha is home to two fabulous theatres – Tapere Nui & Tapere Iti. We are looking forward to bringing our theatres alive with the hilarious chaos of the Comedy Festival.


Live Nation presents

Andy Zaltzman: Right Questions. Wrong Answers.

Monday 30 April
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

The host of hit podcast The Bugle returns to Wellington to (a) ask, (b) confront, (c) evade and (d) incorrectly respond to, the biggest questions facing our very naughty planet.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Century presents

Aunty Donna: Glennridge Secondary College

Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Glennridge Secondary College is a co-educational high school located in the rapidly growing Grundy Shire, approximately 20 kilometres south of Melbourne. Set over two campuses, the college boasts extensive facilities to deliver a comprehensive curriculum. As of 2007 the motto for the school is "Young Minds achieving through excellence".

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Comedy.co.nz Productions presents

The Big Show 2018An International Comedy Showcase

Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Our All-star lineup has a fab new home in Wellington at Te Auaha. Featuring the return of headline act, Jimmy McGhie, with his best ever new show that stormed the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Plus M.C. Ian Smith ("A riot of sprightly silliness" Chortle UK) and rising UK star, Phil Wang ("Standup dreamland" The Guardian). Three world-class Brit comedians packed in to a 100 minute show / 5 nights only.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Brendon Green: My Mates Dave

Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Everybody has at least one friend called Dave in their life. Brendon Green has 17 of them. That's too many Daves.

Come watch one of New Zealand's best comedy story tellers weave his way through stories inspired by the Daves. Tales of friendship, personal discovery, and good old-fashioned shenanigans.

Bring your own Dave.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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New Zealand Comedy Trust presents

Class Comedians Showcase: Starring the 2018 Class Comedians

Saturday 19 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Fresh from their intensive comedian training, these high schoolers are new to the stage but not to the game of comedy.

Catch this year’s line-up of talented graduates from the NZ Comedy Trust’s Class Comedians programme as they unleash their skills crafted by some of New Zealand’s leading comedians.

We’ve got a seriously impressive track record of previous graduates including; Rose Matafeo (Jono and Ben, Funny Girls), Rhys Mathewson (The Project), James Roque (Frickin Dangerous Bro), James Malcolm (Billy T Nominee) and last year’s RAW winner Ruby Esther. Proceeds from this show go towards the running and evolving future Class Comedian programmes.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Melbourne International Comedy Festival presents

David O’Doherty: You Have to Laugh

Friday 27 - Saturday 28 April
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Unhook your mindbras, David O'Doherty is coming back to New Zealand with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

That is, if the demo tune doesn't go off on the keyboard as his suitcase is being unloaded from the plane like last time, and the New Zealand border police almost carry out a controlled explosion on it. 

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Eamonn Marra: Dignity

Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Dignity, a new fragrance by Eamonn Marra that smells like you actually showered today.

I used to be very depressed and completely dysfunctional. I was unemployed. I wasn't sleeping. Now I am not depressed anymore. I have four jobs. I sleep eight hours a night. If anything, I'm too functional. This is annoying because I have five years of depression jokes that I can't use anymore. This show is about what happens next.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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The Fan Brigade: Feminazi Bitches 

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Even before strangers online started telling them to fuck themselves to death, their lives were filled with mystery.

The Fan Brigade won Best Newcomer NZICF 2016 for their debut and sold- out show Ask the Fan Brigade and smashed a second sold-out season in 2017 with the hit sequel Don't Ask the Fan Brigade. Their third show Feminazi Bitches brings more of their brilliant musical comedy hits, and a bit about life before death threats.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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People People presents

Guy Montgomery: Guy Montgomery Doesn’t Check His Phone for an Hour 

Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Friday 4 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

For an entire hour Guy Montgomery will do the unthinkable as he resists the overwhelming urge to check his phone for any possible notifications, emails or text messages.

Truly, this is a show that must be seen to be believed. No news (either global or personal) will be enough to break the laser-like focus of Guy, as he does literally anything else to wile away the agonising 60 minutes his phone is off limits.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


People People presents

Guy Williams: I Wanna Hear What I Have to Say!

Tuesday 1, Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 March
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

This year I want to do a political show (here's the catch) that doesn't suck. I know that sounds impossible, and I can't promise that I will achieve this amazing goal, but I'll give it a good shake because we've all got to do something to fill in the time before we die.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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James Malcolm: Fameless

Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

All James Malcolm wants in life is to become a C-List New Zealand celebrity and receive the adoration he's always felt he deserves... the only problem is that he's the exact opposite of famous.

Gazing in from the cusp of celebrity culture, James leans into controversy with explicitly detailed stories of his sex life, awkward celebrity encounters and going viral for not recognising one.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival presents

James Veitch: Dot Con 

Saturday 28 April
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Suspicious emails, unclaimed bonds, Nigerian princes; standard procedure is to delete on sight. What if you replied? UK comedian, bestselling author and self-professed scamp James Veitch has perfected the art of scamming the scammer and brilliantly plays the internet impostors at their own game.

Responsible for the fastest ever TED Talk to reach over two million views , James Veitch delivers unashamedly nerdy, creative and cheeky comedy.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Comedy.co.nz Productions presents

Lloyd Langford

Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Fan favourite Welsh comedian, Lloyd Langford, returns to New Zealand with a brand new show that he hopes will be rough but charming, like an old-timey hobo. It may contain jokes about balconies, terror, acid and robins.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Molly Sokhom & Neil Thornton: Hangry Americans: Extra Spicy 

Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Hungry + Angry = Hangry. American expat comedians Molly Sokhom and Neil Thornton bring you a night of no-fries-left-behind comedy.

Exploring the intersection of food and fury, they confuse carbs with love and hunger with boredom. They show you how to eat your angst, with a combination of stand-up comedy and a chaotic interactive cooking show.

Expect mayhem and high blood sugar.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Creeping Charlie proudly presents

Pax Assadi: Brown Famous

Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

A lot has changed since Pax’s last Comedy show in 2016. He’s a little bit older, a little bit wiser and also a little bit famous, but only in neighbourhoods where brown people live. Pax is Brown Famous and wouldn't have it any other way.

Come join Pax (Fred Award Finalist 2016) as he opens up about being a father, a husband and the joys of being Brown Famous in his brand new hour of comedy.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


Century presents

Rhys Nicholson: Seminal 

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

Please come to my show.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz


People People presents

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Rose has kissed nearly ten men in her life. So I guess you could say, this girl's a horndog. Join Rose for another classic hour of stand-up and sketch.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Zanetti Productions presents

Tess Waters (Kids show): How to be a Rockstar 

Saturday 12 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Kids, it's time to pull on your best rock ‘n’ roll outfit and get ready to release your inner rock legend with air guitar, dancing and hit song lyrics! This high-octane hour of hilarious high-energy fun from multi-award-winning comedian Tessa Waters will have all youngsters feeling like true rock stars and at the same time will promote body positivity.

Spandex, sequins and killer dance moves collide in a physical comedy show that is part disco, part mock training session and all outrageously fun. Recommended for kids aged 3-8.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz 


Tim Batt: My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage 

Wednesday 2 - Saturday 5 May
Tapere Iti (Little Theatre)

What are we outraged about today? Let’s find out!

The latest stand-up hour by “one of the brightest young comedians the Southern Hemisphere's seen in yonks” (Chlöe Swarbrick), promises to be political, personal, observational but mostly, funny!

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Live Nation presents

Urzila Carlson: Loser

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 13 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

Loser is almost always negative, I’ve lost my keys, a relative, my mind, money, dignity... it’s only positive when you lose some weight. WHY? If you meet someone awesome would you not want there to be more of them? Why can your friends not see your fatness but your family and doctor can see nothing but your fatness? Why is losing so hard? The truth is, we’re all losers in some form and at some point the worst thing will happen. Our rock bottom. Are you prepared? Get ready losers, let’s tackle our failures, what’s the worst that can happen?

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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Zanetti Productions presents

Wilson Dixon: What a Country! 

Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 May
Tapere Nui (Big Theatre)

America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this needs a calm, firm hand: someone with insight and experience, someone like Wilson Dixon.

Book at comedyfestival.co.nz

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