Festival will deliver lots of laughter
The New Zealand International Comedy Festival will kick off with a two-hour preview show on April 30 to give punters a taste of things to come.
The Five Star Comedy Preview has sold out every year since 2002 and is a way for crowds to sample some of the talent at the annual festival, which runs throughout May.
This year the preview will be hosted by awardwinning comedian Jason Cook whose show, My Confessions, was voted best international show at The Classic last year.
He will be joined by Scottish comedian Janey Godley, Carey Marx and Dan Nightingale from England, Australia’s Lindsay Webb and Canadian Glenn Wool.
The preview night will be followed on May 1 with the official launch of the festival, the Crunchie Comedy Gala featuring more than 20 local and international acts.
The gala will be hosted by multi-award winning American comedian Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway.
Other big acts this year include Ireland’s Ed Byrne, the Austral- ian Kransky Sisters, the UK’s Mark Watson, Scotland’s Danny Bhoy, Wilson Dixon from the US and New Zealand’s Te Radar.
The comedy festival runs from May 1 to 24.
Tickets to the preview on April 30 are available from Ticketek. Tickets to the Comedy Gala are available from The Edge, phone 0800-289-842.