NZICF19 | 5 mins with Alan McElroy

After selling out shows in previous years, Auckland-based Irish Comedian, Alan McElroy is bringing a brand new hour of comedy to this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival. Alan McElroy is S#it at Twitter is Alan’s realisation that as a story-telling comedian, Twitter’s 280 character tweets are hindering his attempts to spin a good yarn… Don’t miss your chance to see this multiple-award winning comedian, actor, MC, Quizhead and Writer at this year’s festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Funny, no refunds

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I am terrible on Twitter but decent on other social media apps & that confuses me so I made a show about it and show my hilarious tweets and the stories behind them and while debuting the show in Adelaide, I developed an actual structure and a message that actual proper award winning shows have…but still funny.

Where will we find you at the festival?
At The Classic Comedy Club every night possibly, not always on stage, sometimes at the bar

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Always swipe right on your friends…even if they’re mingers

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Other than mine?! I like Paul Douglas & Donna Brookbanks

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
I Touch Myself by the Divinyls

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
These bloody crazy documentaries like Abducted in Plain Sight… or any Anthony Bourdain…

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I Touch Myself of course, All By Myself & Prejudice by Tim Minchin

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Nap! Or write, I run a load of comedy quizzes around Auckland called Crack Up Quiz & I always need to write new, weird stuff but tend to fall asleep while doing it so IF I DIDN’T fall asleep…I suppose, I’d work more…which is why I prefer sleep

Word Association:
Comedy – Funny
New Zealand – Home
Adulting – Bloody Bills
Basic – Toast
Trend – I’m never on it
Joke – I once sold ice to an Eskimo!! It was easy.. he was a meth addict

Alan McElroy performs his solo show ‘Alan McElroy is S#it At Twitter’ and hosts ‘The Crack Up Late Show’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to