NZICF 17 | our top picks for NZ International Comedy Fest 2017

The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is back from Thursday 27 April to Sunday 21 May in both Auckland and Wellington.  Like previous years, the festival promises a line-up of both local and international comedy super stars!  With so many to choose from, you might not know where to begin.  To help, we’ve put together our list of top picks (in alphabetical order) for you to have a look at.

For more information, tickets and a bunch of other things, check out the Comedy Festival website.


Angella dravid

Love makes you do crazy things.

This is a love story. Well, kind of. Except it went a bit wrong. Really wrong. So wrong that Angella’s written a show about it. A story so intriguing she’s been nominated for the Billy T. So bizarre that it has to be seen and heard to be believed.


Anya & Saran

Anya Rzhevitskaya and Saran Goldie-Anderson (Saranya Asks) expected to solve the world’s problems (or at least their own) with their last show How Not To Be A Fuckwit. The show was a success, the self-help empire is booming, but fuckwits are still everywhere – look at 2016. What happens when you’re the agony aunt and you still have problems. Who do you ask?


Aunty Donna

Professional entertainment consisting of jokes & sketches intended to make an audience laugh.

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.


Becky Lucas

Becky Lucas is a Little Bitch.

Writer, performer,  and fervent tweeter. She’s returning to the Comedy Fest after a successful debut last year as part of Breakout Comedy.

Becky is refreshingly real on stage and one of most exciting new voices on the comedy scene, quickly commanding worldwide attention.

It’s going to be very funny and exciting, however if you have a red rummy face and wraparound sunglasses don’t come, it’s probably not for you.


chris martin

After three years away, Chris Martin (the comedian!) is back in New Zealand with a brand new show.

“One of the UK’s best young observationalists” – The Guardian, has returned to discuss the key to happiness; how to tell you’re in a posh area and the importance of owls in your life.

Read our review of his 2013 show.



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.

Find out what two million social media followers love about Frenchy – and prepare to be offended!


Guy Williams

Guy Williams is back with more of his wrong opinions spoken confidently and loudly!

His revolutionary quantity over quality approach is “licensed to thrill”. Boy oh boy this is bound to be one of the shows in the year!

“The most unfunny comedian since Seinfeld” – Ivan Lloyd, Facebook


good guys

The 10th Good Guys comedy extravaganza is set to be a cracker. Each year a line-up of all-star headliners donate a set for SpinningTop charity, often prompting them to throw out the script and ‘go rogue’ in this hilarious gala style event.

In Auckland you’ll be treated to Dai Henwood, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Nick Rado, Jesse Griffin and more in this 2-hour show. A special event not to be missed!


Lou Sanders

Lou Sanders is a new force to be reckoned with on the UK Pro comedy circuit. Named one of the Top 10 comics to see in Vogue, Elle, Timeout, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, we’re bringing The Best of Lou Sanders to The Classic Studio for just 3 late night shows only. Hold on to your seats!

Also see her in The Big Show.


Nazeem Hussain

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.

Public Frenemy is the latest show to come from one of the most in demand TV and radio personalities in Australia. If his 2015 & 2016 shows are anything to go by, this show will sell out in New Zealand. 

Read our 2016 interview with him.


Phil Jupitus

Phill Jupitus is heading to New Zealand with his new show Juplicity!  Join the stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.  Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funnyman smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.  

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.



Romesh Ranganathan is heading to New Zealand for the first time with his current show exploring the rationality of his worldview.  Irrational will see Romesh examine the issues close to his heart, and explains why everybody else is wrong about them.