Top Picks for New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2018

26 April - 20 May 2018
8 March, 2018

The New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2018 programme is packed to the rafters with hilarious acts from local and international comedians.

We decided to make your life easier and have selected the shows that we think you should see.

Fern Brady - Suffer, Fools!
27 and 28 April, Basement Theatre

Fern Brady is a fiercely funny and provocative comic, with an invigorating ability to combine eloquence and bluntness. A Guardian columnist and accidental spokesperson, she’s an uncompromising feminist, sex positive advocate, and is unafraid to tackle the big subjects around femininity as well as provide insights into her own life – addressing her self-image and recounting her past life as a stripper.

Andrew Maxwell - Showtime
28 April - 12 May, The Classic Comedy and Bar

Andrew Maxwell is one of the biggest names in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival having played to over 100,000 fans, and is renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary. 

James Veitch - Dot Con
29 April, Q Theatre

Packed full of Nigerian princes, can't miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides, James Veitch's correspondence with email spammers leads to surprising, bizarre and usually hilarious results.

Paul Chowdhry - Live Innit
30 April, SKYCITY Theatre

Live Innit sees Paul Chowdhry addressing love in the cyber age, trolling the trolls and an unfortunate case of mistaken identity. This show was sold out across the UK including shows at the Hammersmith Apollo and The SSE Wembley Arena. 

James Mustapic - Mildly Wild
1 - 5 May, Q Theatre

Exploring the inner mind of an anxious introvert, James Mustapic (Shorty Street Scandal, Repressed Memories) is looking for the wild and dangerous side hidden deep in his personality. Putting aside his shy and timid temperament to become the confident and exhilarant performer he's always wanted to be, James is determined to set his wild side free.

Rhys Nicholson - Seminal
1 - 5 May, Q Theatre

Rhys Nicholson is an Australian comedian originally from Newcastle, New South Wales, now living in Sydney. After moving to Sydney in 2009, Nicholson had limited success as a comedian until in 2012 he won the Time Out Award for Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Since then Rhys has gone on to perform all over the world, including New York, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin’s Vodafone Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival and London’s classy SOHO Theatre.

Rose Matafeo - Horndog
1 - 5 May, Basement Theatre

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.

Ivan Aristeguieta - Matador
8 - 12 May, Q Theatre

Direct from Venezuela by way of Australia, Ivan Aristeguieta is one happy immigrant and he’s squeezing all the privileges the first world can give him. 

Chris Parker - Camp Binch
​9 - 12 May, Basement Theatre

Growing up in Christchurch, Chris Parker has worked hard to become a self-created prolific actor, comedian and writer, working in television, theatre and comedy. He’s been open and candid about growing up and his experiences not fitting in, in a school centred around sports as someone who is gay and interested in the arts, and his newest show Camp Binch is about exactly that. 

The Fan Brigade - The Feminazi Bitches
15 - 19 May, Q Theatre

The Fan Brigade is a musical comedy duo taking New Zealand comedy by storm. Their third show Feminazi Bitches brings more of their brilliant musical comedy hits, and a bit about life before death threats.