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NZICF19 | 5 mins with Ivan Aristeguieta

Ivan Aristeguieta is a Venezuelan-born, Australian-based award-winning comedian who has performed sold-out shows across the world, including opening for Chopper right across Australia, and a sold-out run in his NZ debut for the NZICF 2018. He returns to NZ with his new show, The Fourth Floor.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Damn funny!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s my yearly report on my life. This year I’ll be turning 40, I’m moving to the fourth floor.

Where will we find you at the festival?
Q Theatre, Auckland and Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
James Roque, Aaron Chen, Becky Lucas

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Happy Gilmore

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Tree with deep roots. A Korean action packed soap opera based on the creation of the Korean Alphabet.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
New York state of mind, 19 Dias y 500 Noches, Pedro Navaja.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Walk I like to walk.

Word Association:
Comedy – the way of enlightenment
New Zealand –  Korean Food
Adulting –  Sciatic Nerve
Basic – caustic soda
Trend –  Kombucha
Joke –  Fart

Ivan Aristeguieta returns to NZ with ‘The Fourth Floor’, performing in Wellington on May 12 and Auckland from May 14-18 as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 16 | 5 minutes with Daniel Sloss

Having sold-out numerous shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and side-splitting audiences in New York, London, and Australia, you’d be surprised to know that Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss learned his art over a 2-day course.  He’s also the youngest solo comedian ever to perform at London’s West End.

This award-winner is now heading to New Zealand, bringing his world-renowned show, DARK to a Kiwi audience.

Describe your show in three words starting with a vowel.

Amusing, Intelligent, Unnecessary.

What’s the inspiration behind your show?

I like making people laugh and dislike people telling people what I can and cannot say.

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Nick Cody, Nish Kumar, Felicity Ward

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage…

First time I got to play The Comedy Store in London, a club I’d wanted to play my whole life, was also an audition for Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. And I had a great gig, one of my best at that age. It resulted in getting the Roadshow gig (my first ever big telly), and being booked at the biggest club in the UK.

Word Association:

Comedy – Life

Fashion – Covering up a lack of personality

New Zealand – sexier Scotland

Sheep – Fuckers

Selfie – Photobombing

Dating – Tinder.

And finally, describe the last meal you ate.

My seventh Thai meal this week. It’s Tuesday.

DANIEL SLOSS performs DARK Sat 23 April, Tue 26 – Sat 30 April, at Auckland’s Loft at Q Theatre, as part of the 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. from 22 April – 15 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to comedyfestival.co.nz

NZICF15 | Ben Defend New Zealand

We Kiwis have heard it all before, from the dirty sheep jokes to the prime minister’s hair pulling, it is time we take the stand to defend our nation. Come watch New Zealand’s very own Ben Hurley defend our country against three international guest comedians. Each night invites a different line-up of comedians keeping it ‘fresh as’, this is a great chance for you to sample what NZICF2015 has to offer. I attended a Thursday night show in week two with guest James Roque, Tevita Manukia and Steve Wrigley.

If you constantly tune in to watch 7Days on TV3 then you would know that Ben makes regular appearances on the show, but did you know he also is the head writer for it? This man is just as funny as he is on television. The sense of humour flows strongly in this one and he has a God given talent in public speaking. I had put my name down to see Ben Defend New Zealand not because of the funnies but the ‘burns’ I wanted to witness. Part of me wanted to see some serious word battles of the century, I wanted to see some tears of defeat among blood shed. In my mind I had a vision of one man up against three in a boxing ring with microphones.

What I had imagined didn’t quite turn out that way so to all you peace lovers out there, no one gets hurt. Instead of a boxing ring where people thrash words out like ‘are you mad bro?’ it was Ben one side of the stage interrogating the three poor guest speakers on the other end. Okay, so I may have exaggerated a little bit, it was more like a small quiz on what they know about their own country. I enjoyed this show not because of what I expected to see or hear (obviously), but the fun and games that it turned out to be. The whole show became a hilarious conversation about countries, traditions, habits and strange news. The only issue I had with this event was it wasn’t long enough, this needs to last the whole day darn it!

Here is a tip for this show do not avoid front row. If you think you can avoid being picked on by avoiding the front row you are wrong as proven by a lady I met at the venue. She was waiting for people to fill the front row so she could sit a row or two behind to avoid embarrassment, it didn’t work out well. When you’re target for the comedian you will be one no matter where you are in the room. So my tip is sit in front row if you can, don’t miss out on the full experience just to avoid a small chance of being teased.

Ben Defend New Zealand is showing in Auckland only and is happening at Q Theatre’s Loft. Tickets are available to purchase here on Q Theatre’s sessions page, this show ends this Saturday (16th May) so book your tickets now and don’t miss out.

WHEN:  10:00 pm   Wednesday (13th May) – Saturday (16th May)

WHERE: LOFT @ Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street AUCKLAND 1010


Adults $25.00
Conc. $20.00
Groups 4+ $20.00

Cheap Wednesday $20.00
Thursday Special $20.00

* service fees may apply

Check out New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s Website for more fantastic shows and acts to see. Click here to visit Ben Hurley’s website and follow the links on his website to stalk him on social media.

NZICF 14| Meet James Nokise

Award-winning (Best Male Comedian 2013, Most Improved Comedian 2013) Wellington comic James Nokise returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with a sequel to So-So Gangsta.  This year, he’s collaborated with some of the country’s most exciting visual and musical artists to create a show about the Renaissance, perceptions, and finding one’s Bro’s.  We caught up with him ahead of his Auckland shows.

Describe your NZICF 14 show in three words or less…

A Sequel to (last year’s) So So Gangsta in which I make my own arts gang.

Why should we come to your show over someone else’s?

Don’t be a dick, and come see both.

Your Top 3 Festival picks?

Kraken – Trygve Wakenshaw

Heart Goes Boom – Jamie Bowen

(Sarah Pascoe) VS The Truth – Sarah Pascoe

What’s in your festival hospitality rider?

An invitation for the annual locals vs. internationals soccer game.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

A few – I pour a drink to my homies, mop up mess, apologise to staff.

Do you have a joke that never fails?

All my jokes fail – hopefully not at once – especially during comedy festival.

Word Association:

Comedy  New Zealand

Selfie Royals

Cats Celebrity

JAMES NOKISE performs his solo show THE BRONAISSANCE (WLG 29 April – 3 May & AKL 6 May – 10 May) while playing host for LATE LAUGHS (on every Fri & Sat night in AKL & WLG during festival time) all as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider 24 April – 18 May. For more info visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz.