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New Zealand Comedy Trust and Best Foods Mayo present



The Best Foods Comedy Gala returns to Auckland for another side-splitting year, launching the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo with a smorgasbord of tasty comedic delights.

Leading the line-up for this year’s event are New Zealand’s favourite South African, Urzila Carlson, 5-star rated comedic maestro James Acaster (UK), The Chase’s Paul ‘Sinnerman’ Sinha (UK), and 2018 Billy T Award winner Melanie Bracewell, winner of the 2018 Fred Award Chris Parker (NZ) and star of stage, screen and Twitter Becky Lucas (AUS). Critically acclaimed UK comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy NeighborJamali Maddix (UK) and one of NZ’s hottest comedians Pax Assadi (NZ) (Spinoff TV, Only In Aotearoa) join the line up. You’ll be treated to a tasty set from Alice Snedden (NZ), writer and star of TVNZ’s Alice Snedden’s Bad News. NZ’s most bombastic pop-comedy duo Two Hearts (NZ) (Laura Daniel & Joseph Moore) inject a shot of music into the night and UK comedian Ian Smith (UK) returns to NZ for his debut Best Foods Comedy Gala appearance.

The winner of Best International Show at last year’s Comedy Fest Rhys Nicholson (AUS) will return to host this glamorous night of comedy in the stunning surrounds of The Civic. But wait, there’s more - further acts to be announced!

Expect an all-star line-up featuring some of the best to launch this year’s Comedy Fest, packed into two and a half hours of rollicking good times.

Please note this show is filmed for broadcast for TVNZ.

Looking for the Wellington Best Foods Comedy Gala Sun 5 May? Click here!

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Auckland line-up:

Rhys Nicholson (AUS) - host

Urzila Carlson (NZ)

James Acaster (UK)

Paul Sinha (UK)

Melanie Bracewell (NZ)

Chris Parker (NZ)

Becky Lucas (AUS)

Jamali Maddix (UK)

Pax Assadi (NZ)

Alice Snedden (NZ)

Two Hearts: Laura Daniel & Joseph Moore (NZ)

Ian Smith (UK)

...with even more yet to be announced!

  • Auckland Shows


The Civic

Ticket prices

Premium $89
A Reserve $69
B Reserve $45
VIP $145

*service fee may apply


2 hours 30 mins. (incl. interval)

Wheelchair accessible

May contain colourful language and adult themes.

Recommended 15+

Sponsored by

  • TVNZ
  • Best Foods
  • Electric Kiwi