|Sun 13 Dec 2009, 8:00pm–10:00pm|
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Tired of having to clean up the office the morning after the Christmas party? Fed up with recycling bins full of photocopies of lewd body parts? Or do you just fancy treating yourself to a night out where the speeches will actually be funny? Then the producers of the NZ International Comedy Festival have a seasonal treat to fill your stocking.
The Comedy Christmas Gala is a fast paced, two-hour showcase of hilarity with the hottest comedy talent from New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom, playing a strictly limited season in Auckland, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
The Auckland show is being filmed for TV2 and will be bursting with Christmas cracker goodness. Stepping into the ‘Comedy Christmas Gala’ arena for the first time is comedy legend Brendhan Lovegrove (NZ), who will be hosting the festive festivities. Lovegrove will be joined on the Auckland stage by over 12 top notch comedians including the “Maxwell Smart & Agent 99 of Kiwi Comedy, Jeremy Elwood & Michele A’Court”.
Michele reigned as NZ’s Best Female Comedian from 2002 – 2007 and appears regularly on our TV screens, newspapers and radiowaves as well as on stage in theatres and pubs nationwide. Jeremy’s face will be familiar from the new hit TV current affairs show “7 days”, but is also one of NZ’s most successful stand up comedians.
Returning to NZ shores for this special show is the aptly names Jarred Christmas – the man responsible for the London showcase “4 Kiwis Walk Into A Bar” and a regular performer on UK & USA TV and radio. Jarred was a competitor in the 2008 series Last Comic Standing, and we’re pleased as punch that he will be bringing his world-class, high energy, gag-tastic stylings to our stage.
Also spreading the Christmas cheer will be our Australian friend Wil Anderson – GQ “Comedic Talent” Man of the Year, and smash hit of the 2009 Crunchie Comedy Gala - and perennial favourite, American country western star Wilson Dixon.
Of course, the Festive season is about celebrating new friends as well as old. Making his debut in New Zealand to enjoy a Christmas in the sun we welcome Jarlath Regan (IRE). Regan is a regular on television in his native Ireland on their version of Mock The Week and was a crowd favourite in his solo show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, having outgrown his opening act spot alongside the likes of Ardal O’Hanlon and David O’Doherty.
But don’t worry, NZ – it’s not all about Auckland. From the 9th December, Brendhan Lovegrove gives Rudoph a giddyup and leads a troupe of 6 wisemen and women out on the road to entertain the rest of the country. Audiences from Hastings to Queenstown can catch highlights of the Christmas show before it goes on air, with performances by Michele A’Court (NZ), Jeremy Elwood (NZ) , Wilson Dixon (USA) and Jarlath Regan (IRE) – and there are still more acts to be announced!!
This Christmas Comedy Gala has enough festive spirit for the whole country – so get amongst it!
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