The Horse and Trap, Enfield St, Mt Eden, Auckland

07/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details

One of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival’s longest running franchises is back to tickle your fancies. In its seventh season Sex, Lies and Improvise is an evening “of high energy entertainment filled with hilarious theatre sports style games with a very naughty twist.” Theatreview 

We take your salacious suggestions and turn them into instant comedy and this year you decide what stories continue and which hit the cutting room floor. It’s Improv Idol and you’re Simon Cowell.

ConArtists have been entertaining Aucklanders since 1987 and show no signs of slowing down. The company members have performed improv all over the world; have represented their country in Theatresports™ and also extensively toured New Zealand. They boast some of the most experienced and hilarious improvisers in the country, so you should really see what all the fuss is about.

Cast members have been featured in Almighty Johnsons, Gloss, Lord of the Rings, In My Father’s Den, Good Morning, Shortland St, Outrageous Fortune, Xena, Hercules, Spartacus, 7 Days and Would I Lie to You. So they’re quite good.

“…it is clear that the ConArtists are the professional, seasoned variety of improv artists. They don’t miss a beat.Theatreview, Sex, Lies and Improvise 2010

“…gut-busting brilliance.” Theatreview, Sex, Lies and Improvise 2011

“The evening is full of high energy entertainment…hilarious.” Theatreview, Sex, Lies and Improvise May 2013

“Whose Line is it Anyway” meets an uncensored “Carry-On” film.” Theatreview, Sex, Lies and Improvise 2009.

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

Dates: 7 May – 10 May and 14 May – 17 May
Venue: The Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. $20
Bookings: 0508 iTicket (484 2538) or


How much can Sex and Lies be NOT improvised?

Review by Gus Simonovic 08th May 2014

How much can Sex and Lies be NOT improvised?

One of the first pieces of advice experienced comedy/theatre producers would readily give you, when preparing for a comedy festival show, is to put the word SEX in the title. So this show is set for success, without a lie! There is quite a bit of sex in it, a lot of orgasms, even sex with animals this opening night. Now that you are interested …

In its seventh season the Sex, Lies and Improvise show, at the Auckland Comedy Festival, is as fresh and new as ever. Here’s the deal: four performers, as directors, get a chance to make a short improvised ‘film’, made up with prompts from the audience. With a rotating cast of four ‘directors’ and an MC, plus feeds from the audience that influence the creation of the performances through their stories, ideas, imagination and comedic sexual fantasies it becomes “a three way thing, you see,” says Lori Dungey, the fantastic MC for the evening. 

Let me start with the audience: they are very much up to the challenge, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the people in the room were regulars, attending this show year after year. As clear instructions are given by an MC, it is evident right from the start that there is not the slightest sense of shyness or unfamiliarity in the room. To the contrary, everybody seems keen to contribute their own teenage sexual failures or reveal the secrets of their sexual education.

Tonight’s cast of impromptu directors and actors playfully turn those stories into ‘short movies’ and at the end of each round, with guidance from audience’s cheers and claps, one of the ‘directors’ is eliminated – giving the audience the chance to choose which story they want to see more of.

And then there are the stories: Clare Kelso recreates a real life story: Game of Thrones meets Birkenhead; Lindsey Brown brings to life a sexy story from the illicit past of an audience member; Simon Cameron directs a date between an ordinary women and a man brought up by rats, who acts like a real rat of a man; and Andie Spago conducts a rather weird encounter at the pharmacy, where a Parkinson’s disease patient who regularly comes in for condoms, gets Viagra  by mistake – you get the picture!

And as the acts and stories keep evolving and changing, they start to morph into one: The Story of the Search for the G-Spot.   

Rat-man and a midget-son from Game of Thrones, with the help of the director from the Parkinson’s disease patient on Viagra story, elicit the help of the sex ed teacher, who – despite having uncontrollable multiple orgasms – decides he’ll run for prime-minister-to-be. He runs an election campaign with the promise: “No G-spot will be left unfound.” Yet he (as instructed by audience) collapses when the word penis is mentioned, passes horrible wind when anybody says “sorry”, salutes and has a ‘Tourette’s moment’ when the word “duty” gets mentioned and has to have an orgasm every time it is mentioned.

I know, nobody’s imagination goes that far! Even I would start getting interested in politics if our prime minister, or anybody running for the office, adopted this routine and more importantly delivered this promise to the people of NZ! At any rate, we all know one can’t expect much from our politicians, that’s why we have a Comedy Festival! 

One interesting comment, from the women sitting next to me, is, “It was great, but it was too short” – showing the directors met their aim of leaving their audience wanting more … A second, readily-available, piece of advice from experienced entertainment producers.

So from my perspective, this show ticks the two main boxes of a great night’s entertainment.

Listen, don’t wait for, or rely on, any election promises: until Saturday this week then Wednesday to Saturday next week is your chance for some Sex … Lies and Improvised fun; for finding your G-spot of humour through creative, laugh-a-minute ‘on the spot’ entertainment.


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