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Leading the line-up for this year’s event is New Zealand’s favourite South African, Urzila Carlson, 5-star rated comedic maestro James Acaster (UK), The Chase’s Paul ‘Sinnerman’ Sinha (UK), 2018 Billy T nominee Alice Snedden. Taking care of hosting duties will be our own multiple award-winning wahine Justine Smith! But wait, there’s more - further acts to be announced over the coming weeks.

Expect an all-star line-up featuring some of the best to launch this year’s Comedy Fest, packed into two and a half hours of rollicking good times.

Wellington line-up first announcement:

  • Host - Justine Smith (NZ)
  • Urzila Carlson (NZ/SA)
  • James Acaster (UK)
  • Paul Sinha (UK)
  • Alice Snedden (NZ)

Proceeds from this event will support the New Zealand Comedy Trust to run the annual Comedy Festival and continue their work in the development of the local comedy industry.

The 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo will run from 2 – 26 May, with the full programme of shows announced and on sale 28 February at

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