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
Details below are for 2017 – we’ll update with 2018 details as soon as they’re released.
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: