Com­edy fron­tiers

Fancy a good laugh? Then head on down to Distinc­tion.


What do James Kirk of the star­ship ‘En­ter­prise’ and co­me­dian Ben Hur­ley have in com­mon? The same mid­dle name.

One of New Zealand’s most recog­nis­able and loved comics, Ben has won all the ma­jor New Zealand com­edy awards and is head writer and reg­u­lar pan­elist on 7 Days.

Lo­cals can see Ben live this Satur­day when he head­lines the Com­edy Club’s one-night only stand-up show­case at Distinc­tion.

Born in Taranaki, par­tially raised in Palmer­ston North, Ben cut his com­edy chops in Welling­ton be­fore mak­ing the move to Lon­don where he honed his craft.

Along with 7 Days, he has ap­peared on nu­mer­ous TV shows most re­cently TV3’s Af­ter Hours.

Ben is joined by MC Paul Dou­glas who en­joyed a suc­cess­ful solo run at the 2014 New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, and guest ap­pear­ances at the 2014 Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

Sup­port­ing Ben and Paul is Sa­vanna. The fe­male comic took out the top Raw Quest award in 2015.

Lo­cal per­former Sera Dev­cich is an­other fresh face on the scene who has taken to com­edy like a two-headed duck. In less than year, Sera has per­formed through­out the coun­try along­side Ben and Urzila Carl­son, or­gan­ised the city’s first Com­edy Club in April with head­lin­ers Vaughan King and Ray­bon Kan, and en­joyed a solo slot in the re­cent Lola & Friends show at The Dark Room.

Oh, and the mid­dle name the real Ben shares with the fic­tional star­ship cap­tain – Tiberius.

The Com­edy Club at Distinc­tion in Cuba St June 18 at 9pm. Tick­ets are $25 at

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