NIC SAMPSON - National Treasure

Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

05/05/2015 - 09/05/2015

Production Details

Nic Sampson (Head Writer for TV3’s Jono And Ben at Ten, Snort, Power Rangers eight years ago) returns to the stage like a hero to receive the National Treasure award for services to the nation and/or treasure. Expect more surreal jokes, good stories and patented ‘wit’ from one of New Zealand’s most exciting new comics (maybe). You will leave feeling like the show has finished!

Winner – Best Newcomer AKL 2014, NZ Intl Comedy Fest

Undeniably hilarious” – Gather & Hunt

If you have any interest in the future of New Zealand comedy, this is a show you will not want to miss” – Theatrescenes

Twitter: @NicSampson



Tue 5 May – Sat 9 May, 8.30pm

Cavern Club, Wellington


Adults $18.00
Conc. $15.00
Groups 6+ $15.00* service fees may apply


0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Comedy ,

50 min

Fast paced and surprising

Review by Thomas Aitken 07th May 2015

The National Treasure is a prestigious award, presented to some of our most notable citizens throughout New Zealand history. Famous recipients include Captain James Cook and Sir Ernest Rutherford however a recent decline in the calibre of Kiwis has seen Richie McCaw’s garage flooded with National Treasure awards, and of course, unwanted boxes of Favourites. 

Cue Nic Sampson, first time winner of the National Treasure award for 2015.

He’s confident that his C V – which spans not only the golden trio of New Zealand fast food (McDonald’s, KFC AND Burger King) but also a stint as the Yellow Power Ranger 8 years ago and a job writing for Jono and Ben at Ten – is worthy of the award, and he doesn’t hold back sharing the hilarious stories that have shaped his comedic journey.

The show is fast paced and surprising as Sampson stumbles through the woes of being a ginger in New Zealand, dissects his family motto and gives an insight into his rock n roll lifestyle, which includes a come-down experience at Disneyland and spending his birthday at a themed restaurant in L A.

Featuring a surprise wine tasting session from another of New Zealand’s National Treasures, this thought-provoking and hilarious show has the audience laughing and asking the big questions such as (spoilers averted).

National Treasures is light-hearted and informative, with Sampson quick to apologise to anyone who may take offence to his jokes. In saying that there are moments where anyone into magic, puppets or Capoeira (the Brazilian style of fight-dancing) may need to excuse themselves. 

Anyone in the crowd who leaves feeling under-laughed will at least gain a deeper understanding of the beauty of manatees, the pressures that big time NZ celebs such as Nic Sampson and Richie McCaw face, and quite possibly will have been subconsciously converted from baths to showers.

On until Saturday 9th May, 8.30 pm at Cavern Club, don’t miss this chance to see National Treasure and decide for yourself whether or not Nic is worthy of the most prestigious fictional award in the 2015 Comedy Festival.


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