Late Laughs (Wellington)

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

30/04/2010 - 15/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

For the raucous night owls and insomniacs amongst us, the place to be during the 2010 NZ International Comedy Festival is the San Francisco Bathhouse, where some truly savage comedy will be unleashed.
Given its late night setting, expect some provocative stand-up that does not ever get to see the light of day. Late Laughs is where comedians can go wild and let loose with their material – it has long been an audience favourite, selling out 4 years in a row.
An impressive lineup of comedians are involved in the late night shenanigans, first up in the hosting seat is Zoe Lyons (UK) who will be performing her most wicked material. Local star of TV3’s 7DAYS Dai Henwood, will MC the second round of late night fun, pushing his own unique brand of New Zealand humour to the very limit.   Andrew O’Neil (UK) will be bringing his devilishly charming, cross dressing, black metal, occult humour to the third installment!
Defiant comedy at its best!
Line up varies each night – check for details.
SAN FRANCISCO BATHHOUSE – Every Fri & Sat Night at 10pm throughout the Festival
Week 1: Friday 30 April & Saturday 1 May – MC Zoe Lyons (UK) & more to be announced!
Week 2: Friday 7 May & Saturday 8 May – MC Dai Henwood (NZ) & more to be announced!
Week 3: Friday 14 May & Saturday 15 May   – MC Andrew O’Neil & more to be announced!
Tickets $20*
Book @ 0800 TICKETEK (842 5385) or
*service fees may apply.
WARNING: The later the hour the more offensive the comedy  

1hr approx - Fri & Sat only

Rolling together with well warmed up comedians

Review by Maryanne Cathro 02nd May 2010

The crowd gathering outside the door to the San Francisco Bathhouse are a happy lot – most have come from another gig or a bar, and are already in a mood to be entertained. When we are let in, the venue is packed and it’s little wonder as Late Laughs has to be one of the best value events in the Comedy Festival.

This week’s line up is hosted by one of my favourite acts Zoe Lyons, and comprises Wilson Dixon, Josh and Woody, Clayton Carrick-Leslie, TJ MacDonald and James Nokise.

A truer cross section of Kiwi comics [plus English MC] you couldn’t hope to find. Zoe Lyons worked the audience with lightning repartee. An audience as hyped as this one could have gotten out of hand but this gal knows how to get people on side and working with her.

I know she had since last year to come up with some great topical Wellington lines, but it’s always great to hear an overseas artist poke the borax at one’s home town in a way that is far more real than the usual “insert name here” stuff.  

I can honestly say I’ve not laughed so much at a live show since Janey Godley last year (same venue, hmm, is there a connection?) most of the acts have come from a show that night already so they are well warmed up, and we roll together.  

My advice to all is to book ahead. Grab a warming coffee at Floriditas, as it can be nippy in the queue, and SanFran can’t let us in until the previous show clears, and last night the show started 20 minutes late. But it is well worth it. At $20 for five or six great acts, a bit of Wellington wind up your trouser leg is a small price to pay! 
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