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AucklandSun 20 May, 7pmAucklandFridays & Saturdays at 11.30pmAucklandSat 5, 12 & 19 May, 3pmWellingtonSat 5, 12 & 19 May, 3pmTOURING NATIONWIDE14 - 26 MayWellingtonFriday's & Saturday's at 10pm

April - May 2012

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NZ Comedy Trust presents 

Creative Comedy Initiative

Creative Comedy Initiative



As New Zealand comedy continues its growth in popularity, the New Zealand Comedy Trust are launching an initiative designed to encourage increased variety in the way kiwis make people laugh.

The Creative Comedy Initiative aims to encourage, develop and support comedians who wish to create new, innovative and visionary performances that push the boundaries of the traditional comedy genre.

In 2012, the Trust is stoked to be supporting two exciting new works, with grants of up to $10,000 each going towards the creation of their shows.

The recipients are:

Irene Pink & Justine Smith in The Pitch

Irene Pink & Justine Smith

Irene & Jussi combine their forces again after 2011’s spectacular I’m Sorry I Said That.

Inspired to bring their big comedy to the small screen, Irene & Jussi have decided to pitch their ideas straight to you, the audience. A multi-media, musical sketch show combining two of New Zealand’s best comic talents. The Pitch could just be the next big thing.

“If you can only see one thing in this festival see [I’m Sorry I said That]”

Auckland: Tues 8 - Sat 12 May at the Herald Theatre

Wellington: Tues 1 - Sat 5 May at BATS Theatre


Greg Ellis is Vance Fontaine in Command Performance


One of the world’s greatest solo improv talents returns, Greg Ellis is Vance Fontaine. Vance Fontaine is a lounge singer.The first Kiwi to make it big in Vegas. This is an on the spot fabrication of his life story. These are his unsung songs.

“To witness Ellis' ability to create a complete show form start to finish is a truly hilarious and unique experience, go!” Steve Wrigley, 7 Days

Auckland: Tues 15 - Sat 19 May at The Basement

Wellington: Tues 8 - Sat 12 May at BATS Theatre


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