NZ International Comedy Festival 2019 at Te Auaha

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Te Auaha is excited to host 18 shows over the month of March as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2019.

Paul Foot

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 
Monday 6 May
8:30pm - 8:50pm

A new show from award-winning British surrealist comedian Paul Foot. His 2017 Comedy Fest show was a sell-out – get in quick! 

Get tickets for Paul Foot here.

Paul Foot


Urzila Carlson

Live Nation
Tuesday 7 to Sunday 4 May
7:00pm

Africans have become the new must have accessory. Okay, not really, but everyone knows one, works with one or has a sister that's dating one of us. What makes you African? Is it enough that you're born there? Do you need to be able to dance? Why does being South African not register as African in most places? You're thinking about it right now aren't you? Questioning it. This show will help you find focus, delivered to you by a Token African. 

Get tickets for Urzila Carlson here.

Urzila Carlson


Guy Montgomery

Junkyard Artists
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May
8:30pm

It's hard to believe, but Guy hasn't always been perfect. While most people are gracious and empathetic from birth, this has not been Guy's path.

Embrace this rare opportunity to hear from someone unlearning the various blind spots that made him part of the problem before we were talking about it.

Get tickets for Guy Montgomery here.

Guy Montgomery


Melanie Bracewell

Junkyard Artists
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May
8:45pm

What rumours? Are there any rumours? All we know is that some people have been saying Melanie Bracewell is one of the fastest-rising stars in New Zealand comedy. Winner of the prestigious Billy T Award in 2018, Melanie is guaranteed to leave you in stitches with her endearing storytelling. 

Get tickets for Melanie Bracewell here.

Melanie Bracewell


Pax Assadi

Junkyard Artists
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May
7:15pm

Yo, it's yah boy Pax, and I'm taking time off from being a dad to do a brand new hour of comedy for you! 

Some call me one of the fastest growing names in NZ comedy, others call me a masterful storyteller. My father calls me a waste of a student loan. 

But I just wanna be the guy who, for an hour, laughs with you about everything from being raised by brown refugees to having light skin daughters, and everything in between.

Get tickets for Pax Assadi here.

Pax Assadi


Boo Dwyer & Tash York

Mick & Boo in Association with Big Hair productions

Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 May
10:00pm

Wanted: Petty Bitches. 

Why be a Basic Bitch when you can be a Petty Bitch? 

Are you willing to go that extra mile for the most minute detail? To be petty is not to be childish, it's to be specific, REALLY SPECIFIC, because every detail counts. 

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning comedy cabaret bitches, Dwyer & York have combined forces to address the very specific, small and somewhat meaningless issues that make us petty, but better than the rest. 

Are you petty? Then come join us... B*tches! 

Get tickets for Boo Dwyer & Tash York here.

Boo Dwyer


Ivan Aristeguieta

Laughing Stock Productions
Sunday 12 May
8:30pm

'Congratulations! You've made it to The Fourth Floor!'

That's what Venezuelans say when someone turns 40, and this is the year that Ivan needs to get out of the lift and see what all the fuss is about.

He’s halfway to the rooftop party and too far up to take the stairs back down.

Call it a mid-life crisis or mid-life celebration, Ivan is livin' la mid-vida loca.

After a successful 2018 world tour, Ivan is ready to take his life to the next level. 

Going up!

Get tickets for Ivan Aristeguieta here.

Ivan Aristeguieta


James Acaster

Comedy.co.nz Production LTD
Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 May
7:00pm

In his new show, whimsical master James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life, and the worst year of his life, and does stand-up comedy about them while throwing a strop. 

Acaster's previous shows garnered a record-breaking 5 consecutive nominations for 'Best Comedy Show' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They form the basis of his current Netflix four-part series, Repertoire. 

Always a hot ticket in NZ. 

Get tickets for James Acaster here.

James Acaster


Josh Wolf

Events Innovated LTD
Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May
8:30pm

For the first time in forever, Josh Wolf is bringing his highly acclaimed comedy to NZ.

As one of the USA's most sought-after comics, Josh will charm you, take you on a journey and most of all, make you laugh. His popularity has seen him write on hit TV shows, perform alongside the world's best acts and amass a huge following for his unique brand of humour. Josh's stories on stage are legendary and he constantly strikes a chord with his audience wherever he plays. Do not miss his NZ debut!

Get tickets for Josh Wolf here.

Josh Wolf


James Nokise

Not Even Productions
Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May
8:45pm

Joyful, daring and undeniably sharp, God Damn Fancy Man is the hotly anticipated new show from critically acclaimed, internationally award-winning comedian James Nokise. 

Covering a thrilling whirlwind of topics with skilful ease and exhilarating energy, Nokise's brand of joyously cathartic stand up will twist it's way into your psyche and leave you delighted. 

Host of RNZ's ground-breaking podcast Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower. 

Contains Discussions of Suicide

Get tickets for Jamie Nokise here.

James Nokise


Tom Sainsbury

Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 March
7.45pm

Political satirist and mimic of all things Kiwi, Tom Sainsbury, is about to share some good ol’ yarns with ya. 

From the kooky characters who have come into his life, to an exposé of his embarrassing experiences, it’s gonna be an evening of lols, rofls, lmaos and kererus… 

Tom is also a nominee for this years’ Billy T Award. So surely that’s some sort of seal of approval. *shrugs smugly*

Get tickets for Tom Sainsbury here.

Tom Sainsbury


James Malcolm

No Homo: Queer Comedy
Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 May
10:00pm

When you're as funny, talented and instantly iconic as James Malcolm, there comes a time when you need to stop and pay homage to your inspiration. That's why James is throwing a party to celebrate... himself. Forget every birthday, wedding and work do: the invitation of the year is this anti-pity party of self indulgence. 

"Maybe this is a sign I'm getting old and incredibly boring, but stories about blow jobs are not funny" - NZ Herald 

Please don't come if you're old and/or incredibly boring. 

Get tickets for James Malcolm here.

James Malcolm


Ed Byrne

Comedy.co.nz Productions LTD

Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May

8.30pm

No international comedian has headlined more NZ Comedy Festivals than Irishman Ed Byrne, and he is back in 2019 with a brand new show - Spoiler Alert. In the show, Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, 'are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?'

Get tickets for Ed Byrne here.

Ed Byrne


Paul Sinha

Comedy.co.nz Productions LTD
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May
7:00pm

The Comedy Fest welcomes the comedian with all the answers, for the first time in NZ. As seen on TVNZ's The Chase, the 'Sinnerman' turned his back on a family medical dynasty 20 years ago after being nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. He is now a champion of both the pro-comedy circuit as well as one of the UK's finest quiz-masters. 

Get tickets for Paul Sinha here.

Paul Sinha


The Big Show 2019

Comedy.co.nz Productions LTD
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May
8:30pm

 A sold-out success in 2018 in the first year at Te Auaha. 

We’re back with three fresh world-class comedians in a huge 100 minute show, featuring a ‘Best of British’ line up with: 

Alistair Barrie (ENG) “A no frills master of his craft” ★★★★★ - The Scotsman 

Tom Houghton (ENG) “The long awaited male answer to Bridget Jones made flesh” – The Daily Telegraph, UK 

Chris Henry (SCO) “A one man hurricane of humour” – Broadway Baby, UK 

It’s the ideal show for your friends, workmates and social networks with great group discounts. 

Get tickets for The Big Show 2019 here.

The Big Show


Aunty

Zanetti Productions
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May
8:45pm

HELLO EVERYONE IT’S YOUR AUNTY HERE. FAMILY BBQ WILL BE AT MINE THIS YEAR. BRING A PLATE BUT I'M ON A DIET SO PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE. BYO BOOZE AND DURRIES. NO SCABS THIS YEAR THANK YOU. 

Fresh from sold-out New Zealand seasons throughout 2017 & 2018, Johanna Cosgrove(Re: Brekfist, Nope Sisters Clothing) brings her award-winning show back for the family reunion you never knew you wanted or needed. 

Get tickets for Aunty here.

Aunty1


Eli Matthewson

Fifteen Thousand Co.
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May
7:15pm

Eli Matthewson spent three years on a degree in Classics, and the amount of money he's earned from that qualification is currently... $0. But that is all about to change. 

Fred Award-nominated comedian Eli uses his degree for the first time in a comedy lecture that combines Ancient Myths with his own legendary life stories. 

A show for anyone who studied something useless. 

Get tickets for Eli Matthewson here.

Eli Matthewson


Uther Dean

My Accomplice 
Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 May
10:00pm

Dissecting millennial life and pop culture with black-hole-dark wit, Uther Dean is the most exciting new comedian in the country. He's written for Shortland Street, 7 Days and Power Rangers and made a name for himself with funny shows about serious topics. This year he’s going to do an hour of jokes about the song ‘Elevation’ by U2.

Get tickets for Uther Dean here.

Uther Dean