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New Zealand Comedy Trust Presents 

Next Big Things

Next Big Things - Hosted By Ben Hurley



Ben Hurley (TV3’s 7Days) hosts a funny as selection of the Next Big Things on the Kiwi comedy circuit.

After the huge success of AotearoHA: Next Big Things on TV3, this third installment promises a massive line-up showcasing fresh comedic talent you may not have heard of yet, but who’ll definitely be on your radar after this.


  • Paul Douglas
  • Steven Boyce
  • Maarten Idema
  • Becky Crouch
  • Louise Beuvink
  • Sam Smith
  • Nic Sampson
  • Sanjay Patel
  • James Roque
  • Matt Stellingwerf
“ …the stronghold of talent that is AotearoHA – Next Big Things have clearly been busy fine tuning their art. Let the era of funny continue.” –

Showing In:

Auckland Wellington


Mon 28 April, 7pm


Rangatira at Q Theatre, Auckland


Adults $29.50
Conc. $27.00
Groups 6+ $27.00* service fees may apply


09 309 9771

Show Duration:

2 hours

Critics Review

Steph Bean -'4 Stars - a dose of its local up-and-coming comedic offerings.'open/close
Another day, another smashing comedy show. Last night’s Next Big Things at Q’s Rangatira was a veritable feast of comedy’s new and emerging talent. Ben Hurley hosted, warming the crowd up like the pro he is, and encouraging the audience to be supportive of these relative newbies. The Comedy Festival just gets better with every passing year, and it’s great to see that there’s plenty of room on the schedule for the younger, less-exposed comedians out there, as well as the bigger names.

Most of Next Big Things’s comedians do have their own (very reasonably priced) shows in the festival, so coming to a night like this is a brilliant way to sample each act before deciding who to hone in on. Clearly among this lot are the future Urzila Carlsons and Rhys Darbys of NZ comedy. One who is definitely on his way is Steven Boyce, a core member of the Fanfiction Comedy crew who is obviously very comfortable having the stage to himself too. Newcomer Sanjay Patel was another favourite with the crowd with his deadpan delivery and offbeat material, while Becky Crouch’s ‘Walking Dead’ tribute song went down a treat.

Another musical interlude was provided by true-blue Kiwi and talented musician, Sam Smith (a writer for Jono and Ben at Ten), whose upcoming show ‘Augmented Fourth’ looks very intriguing indeed. Louise Beuvink’s tales of online dating woes were another crowd-pleaser, and Hamiltonian Paul Douglas won us over with his bloke-ish charm and naked-drive-thru stories. The zesty and cheeky James Roque was an especial treat with his impressions of various rappers’ signature sounds. Keep an eye out for this chap in future, I like his chances.

Next Monday night it’s Wellington’s turn to get a dose of its local up-and-coming comedic offerings, and if Auckland was anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed.

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