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About Best Foods Comedy Gala
The Best Foods Comedy Gala is back with an incredible lineup to kick off the 2021 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Expect big laughs from this fast-paced live show with bite-sized sets from some of Aotearoa’s comedy superstars.
Leading the lineup this year, our host is the multi award-winning Queen of NZ comedy, Justine Smith. Joining Justine on the lineup is 2018 Fred Award Winner and online sensation Chris Parker; from TVNZ’s Taskmaster NZ and winner of the Billy T Award the awkward and always hilarious Angella Dravid; national treasure Ben Hurley of Have You Been Paying Attention? and 7 Days, alongside international Samoan comedy superstar, and half of the Laughing Samoan’s duo - Tofiga Fepulea'i!
Stay tuned for more absolute bangers to be announced soon and get in quick for tickets to this buffet of the best.
Proceeds from this event will support the New Zealand Comedy Trust to run the annual Comedy Festival and continue their work supporting the development of the local comedy industry.
The 2021 NZ Intl Comedy Festival will run from 4 – 23 May, with the full programme of shows announced and on sale 18 March at comedyfestival.co.nz.
Justine Smith (host)
One of New Zealand's very best award-winning comedians Justine Smith takes the stage as host of this unmissable night of comedy. In short, she's done it all: a regular on our TV screens with awards coming out her ears, including multiple Best MC wins at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards. She'll be steering the ship and coming in hot with her razor-sharp wit and biting commentary for this fast-paced live show full of laughs.
A classic on the comedy scene and winner of all the awards Ben's trademark style has won him adoring fans in Aotearoa and abroad. You've seen him on the telly, he’s the Head Writer for 7Days, a regular guest on TVNZ’s Have You Been Paying Attention? Now catch him live in this lineup of pure joy at the Best Foods Comedy Gala.
Known for her wide-eyed pauses, the Billy T Award Winner and Taskmaster NZ Champion Angella Dravid is bringing her signature dark and dry wit to the Best Foods Comedy Gala. From TVNZs Taskmaster NZ and Jono and Ben, her awkward and unexpected style has been described as ‘wonderfully cringe-worthy and hugely entertaining’.
Heating up instagram feeds everywhere with his iconic, off-beat craft-based comedy, Chris Parker is the bouncy Fred Award winning performer who captivates audiences with his campness and quick-wit. He’s part of the cult-classic, super silly late-night improv show Snort and the infamous Parker & Sainsbury duo and is a guaranteed good time.
After touring the world both as a solo act, and as half of the legendary Laughing Samoans duo, this international comedy superstar is gracing the stage at the Best Foods Comedy Gala for the first time ever! Tofiga is a sure-fire crowd pleaser with a clean and clever comedic wit.