Creative Comedy Initiative
The aim of the Creative Comedy Initiative is to encourage, develop and support established New Zealand performers who want to create new, innovative and visionary comedy performances that push the boundaries of the traditional comedy genre.
The grant aims to assist the development of comedy as an artform, extend and diversify performer’s skills, inspire and surprise audiences, and encourage performers to utilise the experience and knowledge of arts practitioners from the wider performing arts industry. Each year, the Creative Comedy Initiative supports a new work or works from established performers (or collective of performers) in the realisation of their show concepts, through a development grant and additional marketing, publicity and production support.
"Command Performance was a show that had existed inside my head for 15 years. The Creative Comedy Initiative allowed me to actually put it on stage. And it made the show much better than I could ever have envisaged it. The Creative Comedy Initiative helped to make Command Performance the show that I am most proudest of" - Greg Ellis, 2012 Creative Comedy Initiative Recipient
The Creative Comedy Initiative was initially funded through the ART Venture programme and ASB Community Trust, and is now funded by the New Zealand Comedy Trust.
The 2016 recipient of the Creative Comedy Initiative is Eli Matthewson for his show Wow! You Won't Believe This Disney Prince Reimagined As An Absolute Comedy Legend!
Creative Comedy Initiative Recipients
|2011||Steve Wrigley for 'Kevin The Musical'|
|2011||Jamie Bowen for 'Munfred Bernstein's Cabinet of Wonder'|
|2012||Irene Pink & Justine Smith for 'The Pitch'|
|2012||Greg Ellis for 'Command Performance'|
|2012||Joseph Moore and Nic Sampson for 'Bombs Away!'|
|2013||Alan McElroy & Vaughan King for 'One Bucket, Two Comedians'|
|2013||Nick Rado for 'Funniest Joke In The World'|
|2014||Jackie Van Beek & Jon Brugh for 'FlashDunce'|
|2015||Chris Parker for 'No More Dancing In The Good Room'|
|2015||Rose Matafeo for 'Finally Dead'|
|2016||Eli Matthewson for 'Disney Prince Reimagined As A Comedy Legend!'|