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New Zealand Comedy Trust

The New Zealand Comedy Trust was established as a charitable trust to champion the art of laughter. It is responsible for the annual Comedy Festival and works to foster the growth of comedy as a performing art in New Zealand. The Trust aims to provide a platform for New Zealand comedy in all its forms, as well as showcasing the best of international comedy to New Zealand audiences.

Our development initiatives include The Billy T Awards, Class Comedians, The Fred Award, Comedy Lab and the Creative Comedy Initiative, which ultimately aim to help comedians establish a career in comedy.


Chair :
Carole Pedder
Trustees :
Mick Sinclair, Andrew Lumsden, Nigel Corbett and Megan Clark

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NZ International Comedy Festival

The NZ International Comedy Festival is a highlight on the entertainment calendar. Its broad mainstream appeal has been demonstrated by consistently high audience attendance since it’s inception in 1993. Held simultaneously over three weeks in Auckland and Wellington during April & May each year, the Festival then takes to the road with the Comedy Convoy, touring to regional cities across New Zealand. With an average ticket price of just over $26, the Festival is not only a hugely popular event, but also an extremely accessible one. With comedy performances ranging from stand up, sketch, improv, theatre, children's and musical comedy we aim to provide something for everyone to laugh at.

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