The Classic, Auckland

27/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

07/05/2013 - 11/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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Local audiences liked Chris Martin so much at the 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival that we have invited him back with his brand new show Spot the Difference which enjoyed critical and box office success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2012.

Considered one of the hot new prospects on the UK Pro circuit, Martin has been stepping up in the rankings with numerous TV appearances and some supporting gigs for the likes of Jack Whitehall, Terry Alderton and Pete Firman on their National UK tours.

In Martin’s new show he explains, amongst other things, how to wind up squirrels, shows techniques to confuse a pervert and how not liking cheese will lead to violent abuse.

Since his career began not so long ago, Chris has several other television appearances under his belt including Best Ever 3D Moments (Channel 4), Great TV Christmas Moments (Channel 5) World Cup’s Most Shocking Moments’ BBC3) and ‘Most Annoying People’ (BBC3). He has earned various award nominations and he also hosts a regular monthly podcast with fellow comedian Carl Donnelly, which was voted in the Guardian’s “Top 10 Comedy Podcasts” (

***** “Sheer genius… if you see one person this August, make it Chris Martin” EDINBURGHGUIDE.COM 

**** “Hilarious… takes this year’s Fringe by the scruff of the neck” METRO 

**** “Fantastic comedy… a rising star” EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE 

Chris Martin opens at NZ’s home of live comedy, The Classic on Sat 27 April for 1 week only before moving on to the San Francisco Bathhouse in Wellington from Tue 7 to Sat 11 May. 

As part of the 2013NZ International Comedy Festival


Dates:  Sat 27, Mon 29 Apr- Sat 4 May, 7pm                      
Venue:  The Classic, 321 Queen St
Tickets:  $24 – $28 (booking fees may apply)
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Dates: Tues 7 to Sat 11 May, 7pm 
Venue:  The San Francisco Bathhouse, Cuba St 
Tickets: $22 – $25 (booking fees may apply) 
Bookings: 0800Ticketek or or

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Close but no cigar

Review by Sharu Delilkan 10th May 2013

The foyer of The Classic was buzzing as would be expected on the first official night of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival

The bar was under siege before the start of Chris Martin’s first show and the queue for the theatre snaked out the door to the last of the smokers building up their nicotine levels before the hour-long show. But once we were shown our seats we knew we were in for an intimate night of comedy, especially given the warm reception from the people at the table we were seated at. [More


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Personal stories and opinionated rants

Review by Stewart Sowman-Lund 09th May 2013

Chris Martin comes onto the stage to loud applause and some friendly ‘Kiwi-styled’ cheering in front of a three quarters full San Francisco Bathhouse.

Martin, a young British comedian who has never sung in a band called Coldplay, initially comes across as rather quiet and reserved, but during his hour long set both he and the audience warm and the end is far better than the beginning. 

Early on he politely converses with several of the audience members in the front row, as well as those willing to yell out comments from the back. Martin is never rude to his audience members, so we quickly grow comfortable with his conversational style of comedy. Even when a couple arrive 25 minutes late for the gig, he is courteous, and pauses his rant to make sure they are happily seated.

Even after embarrassingly mistaking a couple of friends for a mother and daughter, he is happy to make fun of his own mistake and point out that perhaps he is slowly, “losing members of the audience” with the errors he does make.

Perhaps this truly is the case in the opening 10 or 15 minutes, where the jokes seem slow and spread out. However, after this slow start, he begins to warm up, and may have benefited from some extra time at the very end. 

Martin has many moments of cleverness in his jokes, and many of the punch-lines are as thought-provoking as they are funny. My particular favourites include anecdotes about dogs, how fear ‘works’ and a shopping experience while abroad. The majority of Martin’s show consists of personal stories and opinionated rants, which are both relatable and funny.

Structurally, Martin skilfully has a way of making the whole show have a definite finish, with constant references to a teapot prop he has on stage. While never fully telling the story behind it until the end of the show, he keeps the audience in the palm of his hand for the entire set, and the pay-off does not come as a disappointment.

Chris Martin delivers an hour’s worth of funny, clever, clean and thought-provoking comedy, and while perhaps not the funniest, Martin makes up for it with an on-stage persona which is polite, caring and likeable. Recommended. 


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