Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

08/05/2014 - 10/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details


The Classic Comedy Club in Auckland City has joined forces with the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna to create a brand new live comedy venue, the BMC Comedy Club, to be launched during the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival featuring an All-Star line-up of world class comedians.

Local producer, Scott Blanks, intends to convert the conference and function rooms at the Bruce Mason Centre in to a comedy cabaret very similar in style, proportions and atmosphere to that at the home of live comedy, The Classic, which he has run for 17 years on Queen St.

And to kick the show off, from 8 – 10 May, he has invited three festival stars including James Acaster and Sara Pascoe from England, hosted by one of NZ’s funniest impressionists, Simon McKinney.

Acaster and Pascoe will both be appearing in the official Comedy Gala on April 25th as well as performing their own solo shows at The Classic and Q Theatre respectively.

The 2 hour show kicking off at 8:30pm will run for three nights – Thu 8 to Sat 10 May in the new 150 seat venue which is fully licensed and seated, cabaret style in the function room on the 1st floor at the BMC.

Also look out for Comedy Allstars # 2 at the BMC Comedy Club – Thu 15 to Sat 17 May at 8:30pm featuring Chris Martin from the U.K.,hosted by Kiwi expat, Rhys Mathewson who is returning from the UK Pro Comedy circuit for the festival along with other guest comedians.

ACASTER : “one of the sharpest comic minds to have emerged in recent years.” – The Guardian UK

PASCOE : “Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation to make a near-perfect show” – The Guardian UK

As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April – 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to

Comedy All-Stars # 1 at the BMC Comedy Club With James Acaster, Sara Pascoe and Simon McKinney
Dates: Thu 8 – Sat 10 May, 8:30pm
Venue: The BMC Comedy Club, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Tickets: Adults $35, Conc. $29.00
Bookings: 09 970 9700 // 


Review by Gabrielle Beran 09th May 2014

I think I will call it convenience comedy, having such talent at the Bruce Mason Centre. The night doesn’t get much better than having two of the brightest young British comedians only a five minute walk from your own home. But even if you are not on the Shore, this line up is worth the trip. 

Sarah Pascoe, whose sold out solo show is just one of the many examples of how great she is, is the first international act. I have said it before and I will say it again for emphasis: she is one incredibly funny comic. I hate to point out her gender but she is a shining example to all female comics about how there is so much more to poke fun about in the uniquely female experience that is relatable to all audiences. She is self-deprecating (a sure way to get in with a kiwi audience) and intelligent. She manages to be politically relevant, comparing herself to Kim Jong Il, and at the same time enchantingly fantastical as she pretends her boyfriend’s belly is their unborn child. 

Pascoe must be the only comedian who can talk about the female anatomy without making anyone cringe. It is not only her jokes themselves, which are a fluid mix of anecdotal and observational, but her delivery is so charmingly casual and chatty that you feel like you’re catching up for a drink and she is telling you about her day. Simply brilliant.   

To continue the dream run is the inimitable James Acaster who has quickly made a name for himself here with his return to the Comedy Festival. Acaster opens with his trademark teen awkwardness and continues his non-threatening, intense yet casual tone throughout, delivering a masterclass in comedy. He flows with grace and ease between ideas with such smooth links that we move miles from his original topic without even realising it.

His concerns about the world are wholly original – such as turf wars in conga lines and mathematical catchphrases – and incredibly refreshing. Having had the pleasure of watching Acaster before, it is a real pleasure to see him break his character and crack up at people’s reactions to him. I cannot gush over Acaster enough. A standout performance from a true comic genius. 

In light of all this, MC Simon McKinney is completely outclassed and outwitted. While he is a familiar voice to introduce the acts and his impressions are a giggle, when followed up by Pascoe and Acaster he is an introduction and a conclusion to a night that is so full of laughs, you owe it to yourself to go. 


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