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.
Uther Dean is a finalist in tonight's Raw Comedy Quest Grand Final at Q Theatre – and he's terrified. He explains why that is, and why there's a big problem with stand-up comedy that nobody talks about.
Comedy Festival: Alice Snedden comes out swinging, Paul Williams makes a mark, and Eli Matthewson gets deeper and darker
Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks starts week three of the festival with a three-show ripper. Alice Snedden kills her first hour, Paul Williams makes a name for himself, and Eli Matthewson only gets better.
The fourth instalment of our video series Comedians Answer Our Questions is here! From mushrooms, to murderers, to farms, to iPads, comedians tell us what they hate more than anything else in the world.
Dialogue: Identity, proudly supported by The Spinoff, is a one-off storytelling event at Q Theatre this Friday, May 19. One of the performers, Sam Brooks (who also happens to be our Comedy co-editor), introduces the show here.
Brendon Green's shows have a tendency to make people laugh, but also make them cry. He explains why that is, and why it's actually okay.
For the third episode of our comedy festival podcast actor, writer and comedy expert Chelsea McEwan Millar is joined by comedy editor Sam Brooks and performer Jess Brien.
Comedy Festival reviews: Dead Dad’s Club brings humour into grief, Two Hearts burns this whole festival down
Sam Brooks reviews the two recipients of the Creative Comedy Project Grant - Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore's Two Hearts and Sarah Harpur's Dead Dad's Club - and dishes out our third Spinoff Comedy Badge of Honour.
‘Kids are like the drunkest crowd at a late night gig’: The comedians who perform stand-up, for kids
Stand-Up For Kids is the only show in the Comedy Festival aimed at one very specific and special audience: children. Sam Brooks talks to performers Tessa Waters and Chris Parker about performing for kids, and why young audiences love comedy.