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The Big Show on the Shore

An International Showcase On The Shore


After ten sell-out years in the Comedy Chamber The Big Show comes to the BMC on the Shore for one-night only! Featuring Dan Willis, Milton Jones and Chris Martin from England, Bill Dawes from the USA, Stuart Taylor from South Africa, and MC Janey Godley from Scotland.

Six world class comedians, one huge two hour show. The ideal Comedy Festival party for your family, friends and workmates.

Season pass to comedy at the Bruce Mason Centre

Want to see all 4 NZ International Comedy Festival shows at the Bruce Mason Centre?

5 Star Comedy Showcase On The Shore

The Big Show On The Shore

The Boy With Tape On His Face

South Africa Stands Up - Stuart Taylor & Urzila Carlson

Book a season pass for the above 4 shows for only $95 (service fees will apply) at


Showing In:



Fri 11 May, 8:30pm


Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland


Adults $47.50
Conc. $42.50
Groups 10+ $42.50* service fees may apply


09 970 9700

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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