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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.

NZICF15 | the Big Show

Well what a treat, in the glorious setting of the Town Hall’s Comedy Chamber, Auckland was host to four, diverse in style (but not in gender) stand ups. Gags ranged from sex toys and Shindler’s list to global warming and necrophilia. Yes there were some edgy moments, and certainly some jokes were so dark they were tiptoeing the line of just plain wrong.

To kick off the evening we had the young and sprightly Joel Dommett, a handsome Brit who may have had a few too many redbulls before kicking off the show…”F***ckin’ Sweeeet!” was the catch phrase of the first 15 mins, but with the infectious british humour of piss-taking and self-deprecation (that’s deprecation, not defecation although he did insinuate that at one point too), Joel had me in tears within minutes. He did seem a wee bit nervy and hyperactive, but he certainly calmed down by his second appearance.

Following Joel we had another bloke from over the pond (actually all of them were from the UK) – the very sweet, and weirdly charming Lloyd Langford from Wales. Not quite my cup of tea, but nevertheless got me laughing with his opening gambit about New Zealand’s border controls – not interested in drugs or knives, but will fine you $400 for an apple. He explained he loved his fruit so much he shoved a tangerine in a condom and hid it up his arse. Realised afterwards he should have broken it into segments. See, it’s verging on toilet humour, but again, my liquid eyeliner was rolling down the cheeks. From there in we went through a series of anecdotes including clearing up after your dog – you only get that wrong once he told us, after you’ve spent the day with your hand in a plastic bag of poo, it doesn’t happen again. Lloyd was probably the most natural and comfortable on stage, the kind of bloke you could sit in the pub and have a good laugh (said my Irish housemate).

Andrew Watt was a different sort – a posh looking accountant said the housemate – this guy made being chubby a point of humour and focused much of his act around not being laddish or making laddish jokes, but actually still talking a fair bit about picking up girls and the best way to handle women’s questions: “just ask them, what about the accessories?” He also gave some useful tips for how to use neurolinguistic programming to pick up girls, and ended on some kind of weird necrophilia joke – I and the others around me didn’t quite get it, mainly due to the rapidity of his delivery.

Perhaps the best was saved ‘til last – Nish Kumar had the combination of intelligence and a good choice of accessible material to make him a winning choice. With the voice of Downton Abbey and the face of Homeland, he claims, Nish managed a fine reflexive wit, using his own ethnicity to point out some of the difficulties of race politics in the UK – claiming that people are more bothered about who will be the next black James Bond than who will offer a future of economic and social representation. He was endearing, smart and a first rate performer –possibly the best gag of the evening came from Nish, using Harry Potter as a metaphor for understanding ISIS (the small group of people who are pro-Voldemort doesn’t make all Harry Potter readers pro-Voldemort).

All in all, a great start to the festival. Oh but one P.S. there are always other jokes available that do not have to reference rape. Sorry Lloyd, your Trojan condom story was a good one – but you certainly got your laughs from what was being suggested (an unexpected visit, slipping in without being noticed). Rape jokes need to stop being normalised, whether they fit the bill of mainstream humour or not. Surely there’s enough material in the world to leave violence against women out of it?