Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton is a comedienne, actress, performance poet, wedding celebrant, social commentator and Jazz Hand and Jane Austen enthusiast. She is a regular on Radio NZ National¹s The Panel, the originator of Poetry Idol and is currently touring her solo show Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton. #bonnetiscoming

Jul 18, 2018

#notyourstoo: On the Pop-Up-Globe's 'Abuse of Power' season

Yesterday, the Pop-Up Globe announced their new season of work, with #metoo and #timesup hashtags flying wild in their marketing.

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Nov 3, 2016

Isn't that the sweetest thing: An ode to the greatest woman of this or any year, Bono

Penny Ashton takes time away from drinking boxed wine and crying into her Justin Bieber throw cushions to announce the recipients of the 2016 Women of The Year award.

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Jun 17, 2016

Scandi-lous: What we can learn about sex and nudity from Scandinavian drama

Penny Ashton watches gritty Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge, and finds beauty in the unabashed pile of skin, spleens and wobbly bits.

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May 20, 2016

The giant blind spot in Married at First Sight

Comedian and celebrant Penny Ashton pulls back the veil on Married at First Sight.

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May 5, 2016

Behind the LOLs: Penny Ashton on her pilgrimage to Jane Austen mecca

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

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Apr 28, 2016

Poetry Idol’s organiser is shocked and saddened to learn that slam poetry is “dumb-ass and not good”

Yesterday we published a furious denunciation of slam poetry which felt like it demanded a counterweight. Comedian and performance poet Penny Ashton – the founder of Poetry Idol – offered her services, …

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