BATS Theatre, Wellington

01/05/2012 - 05/05/2012

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland

08/05/2012 - 12/05/2012

NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

NZ International Comedy Festival 2011

Production Details


Teaming up to receive the NZ Comedy Trust’s Creative Comedy Initiative has given Irene Pink & Justine Smith an opportunity to take their funny to a whole new level. Their new show, “The Pitch” will be a definite must see of the 2012 Comedy Festival.  

Inspired to bring their big comedy to the small screen, these comedians are together again and going straight for the TV execs. Armed with a multi media extravaganza – including puppet versions of themselves, charm and wit – Irene and Justine will be pitching a selection of new shows they’ve been working on. There’s a Breakfast Show that is guaranteed to get you up in the morning-GET UP, a hilarious period drama complete with racist stereotypes and a media round up of hard hitting current events guaranteed to confuse more than inform.

Its The Muppets meets, well, Irene Pink and Justine Smith, by way of every television style worth its weight in satire. Will these ladies finally realize their dreams by starring in their very own television production? See The Pitch, and decide for yourself (along with the Television Executives).

Having successfully worked together many times as part of the Lady Bunch, on line up shows such as Divas and their 2011 show “I’m Sorry I Said That” Irene and Justine have an effortless rapport and an acute understanding of how to push each other’s buttons. 

“A great idea to pair these two together and a fantastic night out” –

Irene has been performing stand up for over a decade, she has featured on TV in Comedy Galas, AotearoHAs, A Night At The Classic, Pulp Comedy and Comedy Central.

“She works the crowd and its funny bone expertly“–

Having won the Billy T Award and NZCG Best Female Comedian, Justine has established herself as one of the key players in New Zealand Comedy.

“She riffs on and around the audience like a pinball machine having an orgasm.” –

As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012 


Dates: Tue 1 – Sat 5 May, 8pm
Venue:  BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, CBD
Tickets:  Adults $20/ Conc. $14/ Groups 10+ $14
Bookings: 04 802 4175 or
Duration: 1 hour

Dates: Tue 08 May – Sat 12 May, 8:45pm
Venue:  Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE, 50 Mayoral Drive, City
Tickets:   Adults $28.50/ Conc. $25.50/ Groups 10+ $25.50
Bookings: 0800 BUY TICKETS   

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Some wit and originality

Review by Ewen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 10th May 2012

The second show at BATS is Irene Pink and Justine Smith’s double act The Pitch.  What they are pitching are ideas to an invisible TV producer for their own TV show. 

After some improvised and under rehearsed banter their various ideas are shown on a screen. Some like Down and Out Abbey, The Medium and Copzzz are witty and original while others fall rather flat. 

Both Pink and Smith engage reasonably well with their audience but they lack any real dynamism to lift the show and make it as funny as it could be. 


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Can’t wait for the TV series!

Review by Karin Melchior 04th May 2012

The show begins with Irene Pink and Justine Smith standing spot lit, centre stage muttering indistinctly to each other and occasionally readjusting necklines for what seems like several minutes, before the voice of the TV executive announces he’s ready to see their pitch. The fact that the audience is already laughing before they even say a word, I take as a sign of good things to come, and I’m not disappointed.

Oozing self-confidence, if somewhat misplaced, they launch into pitching a selection of all the most send-up-able TV styles you could wish for.  These include a period spoof, the double entendre eagerly pointed out by Justine, who seems to have a penchant for women’s bits; a cop show, where Justine’s cop persona, Sunshine, spends most of her time doing unmentionable things with a truncheon; a Spitting Image meets The Muppets current events show, about as hard-hitting as a sanitary pad (sorry it’s catching), starring Miss Piggy-inspired puppet versions of themselves. Guess who they want to write them a song!

My highlights are the Get Up morning show, a large part of which consists of giving emailers advice they “are completely unqualified to give”, and I’m so dying to find out how to make a Christmas tree out of … [spoiler averted]! Also, the hysterical take off of The Amazing Race reality show, which has a distinct Ab Fab feel.

The Pitch is billed as a “multimedia, musical sketch show”, and the on screen component works well when combined with live back-up to flesh out the comedy, however I feel the screen show becomes a little laboured towards the end. Despite that, the show is a hoot.

Justine and Irene have a great rapport and relaxed style, which allows their obviously well honed stand-up personas to frequently creep into the sketch. They are unmarried, childless and proud of it, with Justine’s distaste at the idea of having children creating some fabulous comedy fodder.

The Pitch is a great night out; I can’t wait for the TV series!   


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