- Publish Date
- Sunday, 10 February 2019, 2:58PM
Radio Hauraki is stoked to announce The Best Foods Comedy Gala returning for another side-splitting year, launching the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival with a smorgasbord of tasty comedic delights.
The Comedy Fest is delighted to welcome a host of world-class international talent to our shores for their first show in New Zealand. The Brits are always a hit with Kiwi audiences, so we’re thrilled to have Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Chris Henry, Ireland’s ‘One To Watch’ Eleanor Tiernan, Hate Thy Neighbour’s Jamali Maddix (UK), The Chase’s Paul Sinha (UK), and Londoner Tom Houghton who joins us directly from the actual Tower of London. A strong contingent of Aussies are heading across the ditch, with Aaron Chen, Demi Lardner, and Michelle Brasier all performing in Auckand for the first time. Critically acclaimed cabaret stars Boo Dywer & Tash York have a foot in both camps, with Birmingham-born Dywer and Melbournian York also making the trek across the Tasman. And lone American Josh Wolf makes his debut, heading down under from the writers room for E!’s Chelsea Lately.
Returning to Aotearoa are some of comedy’s biggest names, including Becky Lucas, Ed Byrne, Fern Brady, Phill Jupitus, Phil Nicols, and Ross Noble. They join some of our homegrown fave, including Angella Dravid, Ben Hurley, David Correos, Frickin Dangerous Bro, Guy Montgomery, Guy Williams, and Urzila Carlson. 2018 Billy T Award winner Melanie Bracewell is back with brand-new hour, as is Chris Parker after winning the Fred Award in 2018 for the best NZ show in the festival. Plus, this years Billy T nominees – Donna Brookbanks, James Mustapic, Kura Forrester, Ray Shipley, and Tom Sainsbury – will strut their stuff in their bid to take home the coveted yellow towel.
Thu 2 May, 8pm
Live at The Civic Theatre
Sun 5 May, 7.30pm
Live at The Opera House
The full Comedy Festival programme goes live and on-sale through comedyfestival.co.nz at midday Thursday 28 February