Fes­ti­val will de­liver lots of laugh­ter

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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