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!

2018’s line up has not yet been announced however some of the comedians seen at the NZ Comedy festival 2017 included Ed Gamble, Hal Cruttenden, Paul Foot, Ed Byrne, Ben Hurley, Billy T, Phill Jupitus, Romesh Ranganathan, Zoe Lyons and so many more…

2018 NZ Comedy Festival

When: 26th April to 20th May 2018

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

The Big Show is a great show to check out, the most expensive listed here but it’s a 2 hour show featuring four international comedians who are debuting at the NZ International Comedy festival. This years comedians are all Edinburgh Fringe Festival ‘heroes’ – Lauren Pattison, Fin Taylor, Phil Wang and Ian Smith. Tickets are $49.50. Throughout May, Rangatira at Q Theatre Auckland at 8.30pm (cheaper for a group of 6 or more).

Big Wednesday – $15 for 10 comedians! You’ll see a range of local and international headlining acts as well as some rising stars. Wednesday nights, 10pm at The Classic in Auckland.

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 and Auckland both on 19th May 5pm are just $24.90.

Raw Meat Monday – Only $10 and this night could be a bit of a gamble as it’s open mic night! Yup that’s right, no professionals here, but you’re pretty much guaranteed a few laughs, hopefully not at the comedians expense. Mondays at The Fringe Bar in Wellington from 8pm.

You can purchase NZ International Comedy Festival 2018 tickets here.

Accommodation in main show locations:

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