Access Inclusion v3

Access & Inclusion

We are working hard to make the NZ International Comedy Festival inclusive and accessible. We will continue to update this page with additional information leading up to Festival.
If you have any questions that haven't been answered below, don't hesitate to get in touch! Email us at or call us on +64 9 309 9241 ext 2. We also value your feedback, so if you have any suggestions on how we could make the Festival more accessible and inclusive, please do get in touch.

Accessible Bookings

Accessible Booking lines can help you book wheelchair seats, suggest the best seats for hearing loops, give you information about venue access and answer any other questions you might have. For a full list of Accessible Booking lines and email addresses, click here or visit the Venue Accessibility page.

Family Programme

Our Auckland Family Programme includes shows that are suitable for children from four to twelve, and fun for all ages! For a full list of family-friendly shows, click here or visit Find A Show and sort by the Family Friendly category.

Low-Cost Tickets

Part of ensuring the Festival's accessibility is making low-cost tickets available to a selection of shows. For a list of shows that have tickets available for $15 or less, click through for Auckland or Wellington, or visit Find A Show and sort by the Under $15 - Auckland or - Wellington category. Some shows also have concession prices that are available to unwaged or community services card holders - click through the "Buy Tickets" button on each show to check what the Concession price applies to.


NZSL Signed Performances

The New Zealand Comedy Trust is excited to offer two NZSL signed performances in both Auckland and Wellington for some of our hottest picks of the Festival. Once the dates are confirmed, we will post them on this page.

If you'd like to be kept up-to-date, please email and we will keep you in the loop!

We are also pleased to welcome Ray Bradshaw to the Festival, who will be interpreting his solo show at The Classic Studio in British Sign Language. Check out his show here.

Hearing Loops

Many of our venues are equipped with hearing loops. In Auckland, these include the Bruce Mason Centre, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Herald Theatre, Rangatira at Q, and Loft at Q. In Wellington, Tapere Nui and Tapere Iti at Te Auaha are both equipped. In some venues, specific seats are better than others for the hearing loops, so get in touch with the venue or ticketing agent to get seating recommendations. Click here or visit the Buy Tickets page


Very Visual Shows

Very Visual Shows can be enjoyed by patrons who may not be able to hear or understand the language being used. For the full list of Very Visual Shows, click here or visit Find A Show and sort by the Very Visual Shows category.

Wheelchair Companion Seats

We are pleased to announce that patrons booking wheelchair seats will have access to free Wheelchair Companion Tickets (1 per wheelchair seat) for almost every show in the Festival! For individual shows, talk to the ticketing agent about whether there are any tickets available. Click here or visit the Buy Tickets page.

Some venues offer additional services. Q Theatre offers fee-free Wheelchair bookings over the phone.

Assistance for Blind Patrons

Comedy, especially stand-up, can be a great option for blind patrons. For show recommendations, call on +64 9 309 9241 ext 2 or email us at For venue accessibility, please get in touch with the appropriate venue - contact info can be found here or on the Venues page.

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