Comedy Archive

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.

Comedy Festival review: James Nokise is the winner on the day

Sam Brooks checks out James Nokise's new sports-focused show and discovers an hour that's much more than just jokes about rugby.

The Bitches’ Box duo on five years touring the nation’s woolsheds, and finally bring their show to town

Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn have spent the last few years touring their show The Bitches' Box around the country's woolsheds, but now they're back in the city with their new show: Sons of a Bitch.

The Laugh-Off’s second episode, and we’re doing it live!

For the second episode of our comedy festival podcast actor, writer and comedy expert Chelsea McEwan Millar is joined by comedy editor Sam Brooks and award-winning comedian Rhys Mathewson.

Backstage with musical comedy duo The Fan Brigade

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

Comedians share the worst heckle they’ve ever had (WATCH)

"And she stood up and said, 'It's just not funny!'"

Comedy Festival review: Zoe Lyons is just really, really good

Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks wraps up his first week of the festival with British stalwart Zoe Lyons.

Live. Laugh. Nap in between: The Spinoff Comedy Festival Survival Guide

It's the end of week one of the comedy festival and you're probably already tired from all those Late Laughs late nights, hungover from too many drinks at The Basement, and in pain from laughing too much. We asked Chelsea McEwan Millar, host of our new comedy podcast The Laugh-Off, to share her tips for surviving the comedy festival in one piece.

What happens if you do stand-up in a library? Nic Sampson finds out (WATCH)

A few weeks ago, comedian Nic Sampson came to The Spinoff with an idea: What if he did a comedy show in a library? We've got the bizarre results, and a brief interview with the man himself, right here.

Comedy Fest reviews: David goes full Correos and Bridget Davies and Tom Sainsbury are ones to watch

Sam Brooks heads to the new show by last year's Billy T Award winner David Correos, and a duo lineup featuring Snapchat star Tom Sainsbury and newcomer Bridget Davies.

‘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.

Comedian Nick Rado’s guide to the health fads that are actually massive scams

Comedian Nick Rado's life changed drastically when he married a yoga instructor. For one thing, he learnt more than he ever wanted or needed to know about whole foods, super nutrients, and health fads in general. Here he shares his hard-won knowledge.

Comedy Fest reviews: Brynley Stent escapes from Gloriavale and Tessa Waters gives a comedy masterclass

Sam Brooks checks out Comedy Festival shows from Funny Girls star and Snort regular Brynley Stent, and from Australian clowning superstar Tessa Waters. Plus - we bestow our second Spinoff Badge of Honour.

Welcome to The Laugh Off, The Spinoff’s comedy festival podcast!

Host Chelsea McEwan Millar is joined by Spinoff Comedy co-editors Sam Brooks and Natasha Hoyland to talk about the kick-off of the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Comedians share the funniest things they’ve ever seen (WATCH)

Comedians tells us about the funniest things they've ever seen, from unexpected peeing, to a cat throwing up, to a vintage YouTube video.

David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache on making old school magic in a modern world

Sam Brooks caught up with David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache, husband and wife creators of circus-magic-sideshow-theatre hybrid Mr. and Mrs Alexander, currently at Wellington's Circa Theatre as part of the Comedy Festival.

Comedy Fest reviews: Guy Williams and Lucy Roche tackle sex and politics

Sam Brooks' take on two NZ International Comedy Festival shows that debuted in Auckland over the weekend: Ubiquitous funnyman Guy Williams and Wellington newcomer and 2016 RAW Comedy Quest winner Lucy Roche.

Comedy Festival reviews: Rose Matafeo, Daniel Sloss and more

Sam Brooks kicks off the Comedy Festival with reviews of four shows: NZ favourite Rose Matafeo, international Daniel Sloss, rapping grandpa John Carr and Wellington circus trio Laser Kiwi. Plus - our first Spinoff Comedy Badge of Honour is awarded.

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.

The Williams Comedy Dynasty: An epic interview with Guy, Paul and Maria Williams – Part II

Sam Brooks talks to the three Williams siblings – all comedians – about growing up in a loud, competitive household, their mum's sideline in character comedy, and their plans for a family stand-up tour.

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.

The Williams Comedy Dynasty: An epic interview with Guy, Paul and Maria Williams

Spinoff Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks talks to the Williams siblings about family dynamics , what lead them into comedy, and who's the funniest (spoiler: it's dad).

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.

Is working at Jono and Ben just like 30 Rock? Head writer Alice Snedden explains

Sam Brooks chats to Jono and Ben head writer Alice Snedden about swapping law for comedy and controversial pop-star Katy Perry.