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April - May 2012

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The Big Show 2012

An International Showcase

Festival favourite featuring five international guest comedians in a two-hour show with Bill Dawes (USA), Stuart Taylor (South Africa), Chris Martin (England) and special guest Milton Jones (England). Plus guest hosts, Dan Willis (28 April - 5 May) and Scotland’s Janey Godley (7 -12 May). Fully seated, cabaret style and licenced.

The ideal Comedy Festival party for family, friends and workmates.

TIP: Monday Special - SAVE 25% - All tickets only $35.


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Sat 28 April, Mon 30 April, Tue 1 - Sat 5 May, Mon 7 - Thu 10 May, Sat 12 May, 8.45pm


Comedy Chamber, Auckland


Adults $48.50
Conc. $44.50
Groups 10+ $44.50* service fees may apply


0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842)

Show Duration:

2 hours

Critics Review

Jacqueline Smith - NZ Herald'The Big Show - one of the more glamorous daily events at the festival.'open/close
A boozy Saturday night crowd wants easy gags. Thankfully Gordon Southern, the host of The Big Show - one of the more glamorous daily events at the festival - was full of them.

His jokes around binge drinking and Aussie/Kiwi accents prompted a steady stream of that canned sort of laughter, preparing the audience for a full-steam attack on the senses by coarse Canadian Pete Johansson. The slovenly king of irony opened with a set of punchlines that would serve well as an earnest follow-up sexual education session for the over-30s.

A master of the well-oiled analogy, Johansson turned his tubby waistline - and everything below it - into a crude half-hour of wildly imaginative imagery that will no doubt have his crowd referring to cracked coconuts, mice running towards cheese and grandfather clock pendulums for a while yet. He was followed by relative newcomer Mike Wozniak, a British comedian resembling a mad scientist who has made a breakthrough discovery about the birds and bees.

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Great show!
Had a great night. All acts were great especially funny was Milton.