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New Zealand Comedy Trust and Best Foods Mayo present



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Full line-up announced!

Hosted by crowd favourite Arj Barker (US), this year's Best Foods Comedy Gala launches the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with one hell of an illustrious night of comedy.

Featuring a hilarious spread of talent at Auckland's ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, this will be a super funny taster of who's to come over the next three weeks. 

Alongside Arj you’ll be treated to:

  • Andrew Maxwell (IRE)

  • Andy Zaltzman (UK)

  • Aunty Donna (AUS)

  • Dai Henwood (NZ)

  • Dane Baptiste (UK)

  • Eli Matthewson (NZ)

  • Fuq Boiz (NZ)

  • Hayley Sproull (NZ)

  • Heath Franklin's Chopper (AUS)

  • James Roque (NZ)

  • Jimmy McGhie (UK)

  • Justine Smith (NZ)

  • Lauren Pattison (UK)

  • Marcel Lucont (FR)

  • Pax Assadi (NZ)

  • Rhys Mathewson (NZ)

  • Sarah Callaghan (UK)

  • The Fan Brigade (NZ)

  • The Umbilical Brothers (AUS)

  • Wilson Dixon (USA)

Filmed for THREE, join us for a fast-paced event celebrating some of the world's hottest gags and comedy stars. A rare opportunity to see so much talent in one room, this mouthwatering line-up is not to be missed! 

Proceeds from this show will be invested by the New Zealand Comedy Trust into supporting the growth of our comedy industry in Aotearoa.

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Ticket prices

A Reserve $94.90
B Reserve $79.90

*service fee may apply


2 hours 30 mins. incl. interval

Wheelchair accessible

Occasional bad language
Adult themes

R15, recommended 16+


"[Rhys] Nicholson takes in everything that goes on in the world around him, and it's his sharp observations about ordinary people and places that make this one-hour show unforgettable." - Henrietta Cook, The Age
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