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NZICF 18 | Our top picks for the NZ International Comedy Fest 2018

It’s that special time of year when comedians from across the globe descend upon our great land for the NZ International Comedy Festival.  Like the years that have passed, this one is no different; there’s a plethora of great comedians to choose from.   To help you out, we’ve listed some of our top picks below.

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


El Jaguar: Tele Nova

A Tele Novela is a Mexican soap opera, and El Jaguar is bringing it to New Zealand, so get ready to weep on command, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with cheesy accents.

Alexis Dubus: Alexis Dubus versus the World

Lyrical tales from the road mixed with iffy wordplay and first-rate bullsh*t. Alexis has been seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Set List, The John Bishop Show, Ricky Gervais’ Derek and Red Dwarf.

Marcel Lucont: Marcel Lucont etc. – a chat show

France’s multi-award-deserving flâneur interviews different guests every night in his own unique style. Expect top Festival names, bawdy badinage, classy sex poetry and a house band. 

The Big Show: International Comedy Showcase

Looking to check out some international talent but don’t know where to start? May we introduce Edinburgh Fringe heros, Lauren Pattison, Fin Taylor, Phil Wang and Ian Smith from the UK, all packaged together as part of the Big (two hour) show.

Paul Chowdhry – Live Innit

After completing a phenomenal 100 date sell-out 2017/2018 tour and becoming the first Asian stand-up to play a sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry will be coming to New Zealand.  Hurry, this will sell out!

Luke Heggie – Tripat

No lowbreeds please.  You heard him.

He’s been here before – read our interview and show review.

David Correos: The Correos Effect

Love him or hate him, he’s back for another year. Billy T Award winner David Correos has developed a reputation for delivering a maelstrom of comedy that has seen him get five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is full noise, powerful, messy comedy; defying genre and labels. Sometimes it’s paint, sometimes cinnamon, could be a bread knife – it’s hysterical nonsense.

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Rose has kissed nearly 10 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.

Bridget Davies: Bridget Davies’ Diary

Can you pass up the chance to read someone’s diary? You can’t resist can you!

Bridget Davies is all set to take you through hers and the latest year of her life with material described as “fresh, relatable, poignant and most importantly VERY FUNNY!” – Backbeat Comedy.

Guy Williams: I wanna hear what I have to say

Guy wants to do a political show that doesn’t suck. While he can’t promise he’ll achieve this, he’s got to do something to fill in the time before he dies.

We’ve got a lot of love for Guy – read all about it here.


The NZ International Comedy Festival takes place 26 April – 20 May. Get your tickets for all shows here.

NZICF 17 | Rose Matafeo – Sassy Best Friend

‘You can’t call your children c**ts! Can you?’ (Matafeo, 2017)

Rose Matafeo returns home with a new show – Sassy Best Friend, an introverted extroverts trip down memory lane for every millennial female who grew up in New Zealand.  Centred around Rose growing up in Auckland and being her own sassy best friend; full of great one liners but never quite the centre of attention.  

She wittingly describes her childhood with solid punchlines interwoven within stories – from slogan t-shirts her mom bought her to starring in high-school musicals and most recently, the feeling of loneliness and what she did about it when she first moved to London.

With her unique talent, well-rehearsed narratives and music-based gags, she had every member of her sold-out audience in stitches.  Her hour-long show will go quickly and leave you wanting more.  This is one local talent you must check out.

**** (4 stars)

been | Finally Dead

A show that I was literally dying (pun intended) to see since receiving an invite to its opening night.

Basement Theatre was most equipped to deal with such macabre yet surprisingly refreshing subject matter – (yes, I am aware of the slight irony in that last sentence), but that is exactly what the young but charmingly indelible Rose Matafeo brings to the table.

From the immediate onset, the theme of the hour show is set. With the somber and recognisably obsequies imagery, of deep violet and red hues of rosettes hung back of center-stage and giving one the mood of being present in a Gothic Chancel.   Cue banal funeral procession music and there is absolutely no confusion as to what the evening might entail ……….

The whole ‘event’ left no stone unturned in its attention to detail. The funeral handouts upon entry with posthumous (always wanted to use that word) photoshopped images of the deceased were slightly disturbing but nonetheless priceless in the laughs that they ensued …….

Being a huge fan of Rose for some time now, I found that I was far from alone in my appreciation of her comical genius amongst an enthusiastic and rather young, but not necessarily impressionable, sell-out crowd. The high spirits of the audience paved the way for the grand entrance of the lady of the evening.  With her natural acting abilities clear for all those lucky enough to see, the cheeky damsel treated us to a variety of personas throughout the night.  Starting with the hysterically funny introduction of the ceremony by a particularly pious congregant, from where the subject herself jumps out and immediately grabs your attention with a highly entertaining dance number to the likes of the Sex and the City go-to tune, and hence giving all us viewers a taste of what we were to experience for the entirety of the procession, and judging by the passionate guffaws from the people beside me, an experience we were not going to be left disappointed by.

All the bases of an image-obsessed and progressive generation were covered. With brand endorsements to Uber references – a jovial stab at the competitive Taxi/Hearse industry, complete with a delightfully morbid soundtrack of everyone’s favourite tunes en route to the after-life.  The entire show was jam-packed with such impressive content that it makes it somewhat difficult to summarise in one review, but there were some definite standout moments for me, including one notably classic karaoke performance that was honed to such perfection it had me almost believing she was Steven Tyler himself!

I was especially impressed with the way the show was directed to its inevitable finale. Closing with an obligatory poetry reading that many of us fellow funeral enthusiasts will be familiar with, that segwayed into multiple crazy quotes from old-school movie stars, and an awkward but hilarious impromptu serenade of an unsuspecting audience member who took it all remarkably in her stride and contributed to the overall feeling from the legion of Rose Matafeo supporters who were present, that we had just witnessed a profound moment in NZ comedy history.

A thoroughly enjoyable and killingly funny ( yes, I did do that again ) night of off the wall genius!

Catch Rose Matafeo in the return season of FINALLY DEAD this week at The Basement.  Tickets and details here.