Natasha Hoyland

Natasha Hoyland is a comedian in Auckland, NZ. When she's not writing or telling jokes on stage, you can often find her at managing theatre shows or eating a grilled cheese at Denny's.

Comedy
May 22, 2017

If women aren't funny, how come they took out all the awards at Last Laughs?

For years New Zealand comedy has – with some notable exceptions – had a reputation as something of a boys' club. Last night its three key awards were all won by women for the first time. Natasha Hoyland, a young comedian herself, describes how that moment felt.

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Comedy
May 18, 2017

The Spinoff's Comedy Fest Diary, Week 3: 'My brain is broken'

Just as the biggest annual event in NZ comedy was getting underway, Spinoff Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland ended up in hospital. But now she's back and raring to go – in time for the festival to enter the home straight.

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Comedy
May 11, 2017

The Spinoff's Comedy Fest Diary - Week 2: Comedians review their own opening nights

Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland ended up in hospital as the opening nights of NZ International Comedy Festival's second week were kicking off. So she asked the comedians to review their own shows in her absence.

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Comedy
May 9, 2017

Backstage with musical comedy duo The Fan Brigade

Natasha Hoyland chats to The Fan Brigade about song writing, Mike McRoberts, and toilet sex.

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Comedy
May 4, 2017

‘I hope we didn’t get any shit on you’ – The Spinoff’s Comedy Fest Diary, Week 1

Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland recaps the shows she's seen and what she's looking forward to in this festival diary for Week 1 of the NZ International Comedy Festival, proudly sponsored by Flick Electric Co.

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Comedy
Apr 29, 2017

Nazeem Hussain on stand up, ‘I’m a Celebrity’, and why NZ comedy will be the next big thing

Nazeem Hussain talks living in the jungle, talking to strangers, and how NZ Comedy could be the next big thing.

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Comedy
Apr 28, 2017

Top 5 picks from the Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala

Spinoff Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland shares her highlights from the Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala, New Zealand's biggest night in comedy.

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Comedy
Apr 27, 2017

And so it begins: The Basement’s Comedy Fest curtain-raiser, reviewed

Natasha Hoyland reviews the Basement Preview Show, a showcase of acts performing at The Basement during the comedy festival.

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Comedy
Apr 24, 2017

Comedians tell us the worst jokes they’ve ever told (WATCH)

First up in our new video series Comedians Answer Our Questions, aimed at introducing you to a number of faces in this year's comedy festival, we had comedians reflect and …

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Comedy
Apr 17, 2017

‘The Fuq Boiz are not what you think’: Talking with Auckland’s super-surreal new comedy duo

Comedians Hamish Parkinson and Ryan Richards have formed a new comedy act for this year's comedy festival. Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland has a chat with the Fuq Boiz over Facebook messenger.

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Comedy
Apr 14, 2017

Aunty Donna’s Broden Kelly on making comedy that kicks people in the face

Australian troupe Aunty Donna have been taking the internet world by storm with their insanely hilarious sketch comedy. Natasha Hoyland talks to member Broden Kelly about how Aunty Donna came to be and their plans for their upcoming New Zealand shows.

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Comedy
Apr 3, 2017

Andi Crown on how an archaeologist becomes a comedy festival photographer

Photographer Andi Crown talks about creating some of the Comedy Festival's most loved and impactful imagery.

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Comedy
Mar 30, 2017

Waiting is for suckers: 10 great comedy shows to see before the Comedy Festival begins

Can't wait until the festival starts to get your comedy fix? There's plenty of live comedy and exciting events on in the lead up to the festival. Spinoff Comedy co-editor Natasha Hoyland picks the cream of the crop.

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Society
Mar 29, 2017

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #14: Who keeps asking for L&P fusion foods?

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: Natasha Hoyland can't comprehend the L&P fusion food craze. I ask myself this time and …

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Comedy
Mar 24, 2017

An interview with the guy who made tiny hats for a toad

An interview with a guy who made some hats for a toad that went viral

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Comedy
Mar 21, 2017

From the Shambles Theatre to ‘Pukemakoe’: On the road with Guy Williams

Tour producer (and Spinoff Comedy co-editor) Natasha Hoyland joins Guy Williams on his mini tour of New Zealand in the lead up to his Comedy Fest show Why Am I Like This?.

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Comedy
Mar 20, 2017

Comedian Brynley Stent on becoming Providence Gratitude, Gloriavale escapee

Natasha Hoyland talks to Brynley Stent about creating a comedic play about Gloriavale.

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Comedy
Mar 14, 2017

Comedy and anxiety don’t mix. Or do they? A conversation between anxious comedians

Natasha Hoyland talks to Ashton Brown about phone-call terrors, mental health, and why anxiety doesn't necessarily hinder his performance.

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Comedy
Mar 3, 2017

A yellow towel is on the line: Meet the Billy T Award nominees

Natasha Hoyland gets to know the Billy T nominees ahead of their showcase at Q Theatre tonight.

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Media
Apr 28, 2016

Behind the LOLs: Natasha Hoyland on tackling stage fright with food fights

During the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, ‘Behind the LOLs’ will reveal the inner workings of some of our finest comedy talent.

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Television
Mar 4, 2016

I saw Nathan from Hi-5 rip his shirt off on a cruise ship

Natasha Hoyland witnesses Hi-5's Nathan Foley rip his shirt open whilst singing Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ on a cruise ship.

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