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The NZ International Comedy Festival Has Dropped Its 2018 Lineup

Take your pick from over 120 shows this April and May.
By Rachel Stone
February 28, 2018
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The NZ International Comedy Festival Has Dropped Its 2018 Lineup

Take your pick from over 120 shows this April and May.
By Rachel Stone
February 28, 2018
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Laughter will sweep the nation this April and May as the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival lands for its 26th year. More than 120 shows are set to take place between Auckland and Wellington with comedians representing 14 countries.

Not your average roll call of comedians, this year's program includes everything from improv and arena-sized musical comedy to naked magic, interactive cooking, Mexican soap operasex education parody and the best play that Shakespeare never wrote.

The ribbon will be cut on the festival with comedy galas in Auckland (26 April) and Wellington (29 April), hosted by American stand-up Arj Barker.

From across international waters comes Lauren Pattison with her show Lady Muck, Scottish stand-up Fern Brady in her NZ debut, London-born comic Dane Baptiste with G.O.D (God. Oil. Drugs), and Andy Zaltzman of podcast The Bugle.

The local lineup includes 2017 Billy T-winner Angella Dravid, Johanna Cosgrove with her "one-woman tornado" Aunty, Parker & Sainsbury with their new sketch show Giggling Gerties, and hysterical, label-defying comedian David Correos.

In addition to solo shows, the festival will play host to special showcase events, including a show sharing stories around encounters with mental health, a stand-up extravaganza for kids, and Last Laughs, a celebratory showcase of the best of the festival with the Billy T and Fred Award nominees performing on the night.

The 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival runs from 26 April – 20 May. For more information and tickets, visit the festival website.

Published on February 28, 2018 by Rachel Stone

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