If you are planning a visit to New Zealand throughout April and May you are in for a treat! Each year the New Zealand International Comedy Festival plays host to a number of comedy events, theatre shows, film festivals and events. The film festival is hosted in both Auckland and Wellington as the main 'hubs' with a few shows in Christchurch, Taupo, Nelson, Dunedin and Christchurch also. There are always loads of FREE comedy gigs to check out (as well as many cheap options for under $30) and the vibe in both Auckland and Wellington is always buzzing!
Some of the comedians you can catch at the NZ Comedy festival 2017 include Ed Gamble, Hal Cruttenden, Paul Foot, Ed Byrne, Ben Hurley, Billy T, Phill Jupitus, Romesh Ranganathan, Zoe Lyons and so many more...
2017 NZ Comedy Festival
When: 27th April - 21st May 2017
Where: various locations throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua, Taupo, Queenstown, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, Christchurch and more...
The Best Cheap Shows at the Festival
Comedy All Star Showcase is a great show to check out, the most expensive listed here but a one night only 2 hour show featuring some of the comedians who have shows throughout the NZ Comedy Festival. Tickets are $49.50 29th April, Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland at 8pm (cheaper for a group of 5).
Class Comedians showcases a range of professionally trained high school comedians that have passed their test and made it to the big stage! Tickets for Wellington (21st May 3pm) and Auckland (20th May 3pm) are just $25.
Dope Joke Party has been referred to as quite the interactive comedy show with music, unscripted improv, air horns and lots of surprises! Auckland (Saturday nights 11.30pm at The Basement Theatre), Wellington (Sat 20th 10.30pm at Wellington Rowers Club) are $15 and $18.
You can purchase NZ Comedy Festival 2017 tickets here.
Accommodation in main show locations:
- Nomads Auckland
- Nomads Wellington
- Nomads Queenstown
- Base Rotorua
- Base Taupo
- On Top Backpackers Dunedin
- Kaiteri Lodge