As the New Zealand International Comedy Festival operates across many venues with different ticketing agents, the process for purchasing tickets will depend on the venue that the show you're going to is in. Below is some information on how to buy tickets.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?
All of our official ticket agents are linked through this website. Please do not purchase from unauthorised resellers such as Viagogo, as these are not valid tickets and you will not be admitted to the event. Buying online is the most cost-effective way to purchase tickets, with fees starting as low as $2 per ticket and $5 per transaction. Some providers offer a ‘no online booking fee’ option. Start at 'Find a Show' for all show listings, then click on the BUY TICKETS link and we’ll send you to the appropriate ticketing agency for that show.
Please note: If you are buying tickets to multiple shows within one ticketing agent or venue, you will be able to buy them in the same transaction. Unfortunately, you are not able to buy tickets being sold through multiple ticketing agents in one transaction. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Skip the queue and get tickets direct to your mobile! You can now purchase tickets on your phone for shows through the Ticketmaster, Q Theatre, EventFinda, or iTicket mobile sites and apps. No need for printing, just have your ticket loaded and ready for scanning before you arrive at the show.
Over the Phone
To find the relevant phone number, refer to the ticketing agent details on this page for the venue of the show you wish to purchase tickets for or click Venue on the left hand side of the show page. Please note that many ticketing agents charge higher fees for phone bookings.
Tickets can be pre-purchased at a variety of agency outlets and box offices – refer to the ticketing agent details on this page.
Door sales may be available at venues prior to the show starting, check the ticketing agents listings for box office hours. Transaction fees still apply to door sales, so it’s best to book your tickets online ahead of time to avoid missing out.
TYPES OF TICKETS
Shows in the Festival will usually either have a Traditional pricing model, whereby a Full Price applies every night, and there may be Concession, Group discounts, and Cheap Wednesday tickets available, or Dynamic pricing, whereby different nights of the week have different ticket prices. Here's a little info about the different ticket prices.
LITTILE HAND - Did you know that on average it takes around 300 hours to create a comedy festival show? Even with a sold-out season it can be a huge financial risk for performers – so if you’re able to, you can show some extra love by purchasing one of these artist support tickets, and giving this performer a little hand. Note: Not all shows have opted-in to offering a Little Hand ticket price.
FULL PRICE - These are tickets are the normal price for adults.
CONCESSION - Concession tickets are available to Seniors (65+) and Students with valid ID. Concession tickets may also be available to members of industry guilds and unwaged people.
GROUP - Groups (usually of 6+) have discounted tickets to some shows.
CHEAP WEDNESDAY - These tickets are usually 20 per cent cheaper than Full Price tickets, and only available for Wednesday performances.
LOW INCOME EARNER - Some shows offer a lower priced ticket to keep their event accessible to all. There are no barriers or boxes you have to tick to get these tickets – just choose “Low Income Earner” at the checkout. If you can afford the full price, please leave the Low Income Earner tickets for those they’ll help the most.
ACCESS & INCLUSION
The Comedy Festival is committed to continuing to make the Festival more accessible for all patrons. Please visit our Access and Inclusion page for more information about our full Access & Inclusion programme. For accessible bookings lines, please contact the ticketing agents via the information provided below.
To skip to ticketing info for a specific venue, select if from the list below:
|Basement Theatre||BATS Theatre||Bruce Mason Centre|
|Cavern Club||The Classic||Covert Theatre|
|The Fringe Bar||Northern Rovers||Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre|
|The Opera House||Q Theatre||San Fran|
iTICKET manages sales for Basement Theatre and SkyCity Theatre in Auckland, and The Fringe Bar, Cavern Club, and San Fran in Wellington. To make bookings, call 0508 iTICKET (484 253) or book online at iticket.co.nz.
NOTE: In Auckland, you can purchase iTICKET tickets from Q Theatre box office. You can also buy tickets from each venue 30 minutes before the show start time. However, it is best to purchase your tickets prior to the event to guarantee availability.
Ticketmaster manages sales for Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, The Civic, and Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland. In Wellington, they manage sales for The Opera House. You can make bookings by calling 09 970 9700 or you can book through their website, ticketmaster.co.nz. You can also buy tickets at venue box offices. The Civic, Kiri Te Kanawa, Aotea Centre, and Bruce Mason Centre box offices open 90 minutes before performances. The Opera House box office is open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 6pm.
To make an accessible booking with Ticketmaster, call 0800 111 999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q Theatre manages sales for all their venues; Rangatira and Loft. To make bookings, call 09 309 9711 or book online at qtheatre.co.nz. You can also buy tickets in person, at the Q Theatre box office, 305 Queen St. The box office is open 90 minutes before performances.
To make an accessible booking, call the box office at 09 309 9711.
The Classic has door sales available from 6pm daily for that night's performances at their box office, 321 Queen Street.
To make an accessible booking, call the box office at 04 802 4175 or email email@example.com.
Northern Rovers manages sales for all their shows. To make bookings, including accessible bookings, email comedy@northernroversFC.org.nz.