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World-class comedy is on its way to New Zealand

A slew of international comedy superstars are ready to roll into New Zealand, and we have all the details.

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well if you ask him now, he’ll probably tell you it’s to get to some of the side-splittingly hilarious comedy shows ready to bring the laughs to New Zealand audiences.

Okay, so we’re all lucky that the jokes will be much better than that one, but don’t let our poor attempt at humour stop you from getting up close and personal with the real deal.

Daniel Sloss

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish stand-up star, Daniel Sloss will bring his new show to New Zealand next May. Returning off the back of two recent Netflix specials, Sloss offers a slick and genuinely witty performance. X is his 10th solo show and if youíve not seen him live before, itís time to find out why he is fast becoming one of the worldís biggest names in comedy.

Artist Presale: Monday 3 December 9am until Thursday 6 December @ 8.59am

NZ Comedy Fest Presale: Tuesday 4 December 9am until Thursday 6 December @ 8.59am

General Public Onsale: Thursday 6 December @ 9am

Daniel Sloss will come to Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach on Wednesday 1 May. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Joe Lycett

UK funnyman and newest host of clock-watching quiz show The Time It Takes, Joe Lycett is ready to visit Auckland next May. Following recent appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI, Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance, he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings, and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently.

Artist Presale: Monday 3 December 9am until Thursday 6 December @ 8.59am

NZ Comedy Fest Presale: Tuesday 4 December 9am until Thursday 6 December @ 8.59am

General Public Onsale: Thursday 6 December @ 9am

Joe Lycett will come to Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach on Wednesday 1 May. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Catherine Tate

Critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor Catherin Tate is set to bring The Catherine Tate Show to Kiwi fans for the first time ever. It seems we can’t get enough of the British television star because, due to exceptional demand, she’s even had to extend her run. More Catherine for everyone. In never before seen sketches, the tour will unite some of Catherine’s best-known characters from her BBC series The Catherine Tate Show, including ‘Nan’ Taylor, Irish nurse Bernie, Geordie Georgie, and Essex girl Sam. Joining Catherine will be long-term collaborator Niky Wardley, and David O’Reilly.

Catherine Tate will come to The Opera House Wellington on Thursday 6 December and  Friday 7 December and Spark Arena, Auckland on Saturday 8 December. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Kevin Hart

In a first for a stand-up comedy tour of this scale, Kevin Hart is set to bring his The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour to New Zealand and will perform 360º in-the-round. As part of his last tour What Now, Kevin become the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets for his show at Lincoln Financial Field. 2017 saw Kevin’s memoir I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons debut at number one on the New York Times Bestseller list, as well as appear alongside The Rock in the reboot of Jumanji, and launch his  digital comedy streaming service, LOL NETWORK (Laugh Out Loud).

Kevin Hart will come to Spark Arena, Auckland on Tuesday 11 December. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Sarah Millican

Award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Millican is returning to New Zealand with a brand new show. This time we’ll learn about everything from road rage to farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting to how to tee up a compliment. It’s been more than ten years since Sarah set herself up as one of the leading lights of the British Comedy scene by winning the Best Newcomer Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe. Since then she’s hosted three series of her BBC2 series The Sarah Millican Television Programme, earned two BAFTA nominations, released a book titled How To Be Champion, and started a podcast titled Standard Issue.

Sarah Millican will come to The Opera House Wellington on Monday 28 January and Tuesday 29 January and Auckland Town Hall from Thursday 31 January until Saturday 2 February. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Eddie Izzard

Five years after his last comedy tour Force Majeure became the most extensive comedy show in history when it played in 45 countries and in four languages, Eddie is back – this time expanding on his very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’. His newest show Wunderbar was first born in Paris, before Eddie flipped countries, taking the show to Berlin and at the same time moving from French to German. Now that the show has been developed in English, Eddie is on his way.

Eddie Izzard will come to Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington on Tuesday 26 February and Horncastle Arena, Christchurch on Wednesday 27 February. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Rob Brydon

Charming Welshman and cult comedy tv star Rob Brydon is set to tour New Zealand for the first time, bringing his new show I Am Standing Up to our stages next April. From ad-libs to audience repartee and improvisations, Rob is a masterclass in clever comedy. His impressions are second to none, become everyone from Tom Jones, to Bill Clinton, Michael Caine and even his The Trip co-star Steve Coogan. Perhaps best known for his role as Bryn West in sitcom Gavin & Stacey and BBC One hit comedy panel show Would I Lie To You?, he’s also featured in films including Swimming With Men, Early Man, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Rob Brydon will come to ASB Theatre, Auckland on Tuesday 2 April and  Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington on Thursday 4 April. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Ready for even more laughs, we have you covered. Head to Ticketmaster.co.nz for the full list of comedy gold.

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