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NZ Comedy Trust & Q Theatre present



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We're kicking off the Comedy Fest’s calendar with one hell of a comedy showcase at Q Theatre to introduce you to this year's exceptional Billy T Award nominees.

It’ll be a night where you get a hilarious taster of the hottest up-and-coming comedians on the Kiwi scene;

  • Alice Snedden – Best Newcomer nominee at Comedy Fest in 2017, SNORT improv, Boners of the Heart podcast and 7 Days
  • Donna Brookbanks  Best Newcomer nominee at Comedy Fest in 2017, SNORT improv, Funny Girls
  • James Malcolm – RAW winner, Billy T Nominee in 2016
  • Melanie Bracewell – RAW winner, Best Newcomer winner at Comedy Fest in 2017, The Project, 7 Days
  • Two Hearts (Laura Daniel & Joseph Moore) – Jono & Ben, both previous Billy T nominees, 7 Days


Hosted by Rhys Mathewson, who has taken out The Fred and the Billy T Awards. You may have recently seen him on The Project or at a wrestling match.

We also welcome a special performance by last year’s Billy T Award winner Angella Dravid.

Join us and be the first to see what this exciting new generation of brilliant comedians have got to offer.

Q Theatre is proud to support Billy T Jams, as it provides a wonderful opportunity for Aotearoa’s next generation of comedians to perform in Q’s jewel, Rangatira. Proceeds from the tickets you purchase raise funds that will go directly to the 2018 Billy T winner. Supporting this event alongside us, you’ll be directly supporting New Zealand comedy as well as having a good time. 

The Billy T Award is named in honour of our 'cuz', Billy T James. The award is an initiative of the New Zealand Comedy Trust that aims to recognise and support up-and-coming NZ comedians with outstanding potential and commitment to their comedy career.

You can catch all of the Billy T Nominees' solo shows at the NZ International Comedy Festival, 26 April – 20 May.


*Special Early bird price of $19.90 available until 5pm Tuesday 5 December, or until allocation is exhausted. Get in quick!

  • Auckland Shows

Ticket prices

Full Price $27.00
Concession $23.00
Early Bird (until 5pm Tue 5 Dec) $19.90

*service fee may apply


2 hours. incl. interval

Wheelchair accessible

Occasional bad language
Adult themes

Recommended 16+