Win­ter Fes­ti­val in Queen­stown

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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