Winter Festival in Queenstown
New Zealand’s adventure capital is set to become the short-term comedy capital, with the Queenstown Winter Festival organisers announcing three comedy shows during this year’s event.
The opening weekend of annual festival will see the Comedy Debate being conducted on June 20, featuring a line-up of New Zealand celebrated comedians Paul Ego, Donna Brookbanks, Oliver Driver and Vaughan Smith debating the moot ‘‘Adventure Should be Dangerous’’.
The group will be joined by 7 Days host Jeremy Corbett as moderator.
Corbett, who dabbled in debating in school and had been involved in several comedy debates, was pleased to be taking the ‘‘judicator’’ position, a responsibility he has become well-known for on 7 Days.
Corbett said he will be giving the line-up ‘‘a bit of grief’’ before the show to spark them up for the event.
‘‘We want to see a good fight, 7Days host Jeremy Corbett will be in Queenstown to moderate the American Express Comedy Debate as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival, which kicks off on June 19. and a fair fight,’’ Corbett said.
‘‘It’s going to be great. It’s a great line-up,’’ he said.
The trio of comedy events will also include a Comedy Night on June 23, featuring comedy heavyweights Urzila Carlson, Brendhan Lovegrove, Jamie Bowen, Tevita Manukia and Ego, and the late-night, no-holdsbarred comedy session at the Wednesday Latest Show on June 24.
Tickets to the shows will go on presale on Tuesday, for American Express card holders, and to the general public on May 4.
Organisers urged those who were wanting to take part to get in quick as the comedy events were usually the first to sell out at the festival.
The festival kicks off on June 19 with the spectacular opening fireworks display and features returning favourite events, the Dog Derby, festival street parade, Mountain Mayhem and the SkyCity Ball.
Festival continues until June 28.