NICK RADO: How did we survive the 90s?

Ombrellos, 10 Clarendon Street, Dunedin North

20/03/2014 - 22/03/2014

Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

06/05/2014 - 10/05/2014

Dunedin Fringe 2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details

Nick Rado (Winner NZ Comedy Guild Best MC 2011, 2012 and 2013) unveils the unlimited mirth of growing up in the 90s.

Slap bands, Captain Planet, life before Facebook, the Internet and before Hummus was popular; this show takes a side splitting look back at the best/worst decade ever. 

Winner NZ Comedy Guild Award Best Show 2013 and Nominated Best Comedy Dunedin Fringe 2013 and Nominated Best Show (Fred Award) in NZ International Comedy Festival 2013. 

Nick has appeared on and is the head writer for TV3’s hit panel show ‘7 days’ and will also star as a recurring character Jeff Mason on Rhys Darby’s new sitcom ‘Short Poppies’.  He has spent 7 years performing to audiences in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, United States and China and you will also be seeing him on your TV screens on TV1’s Best Bits as writer and guest panelist. 


“His comedy may be international but the laughter is universal!” – one4review, Edinburgh Festival 

“Charm, timing, originality and above all funny, Rado has it all” – Headliners, London

“Had me nearly rolling on the floor with laughter” Theatreview, NZ 

March 20, 21, 22  
10 Clarendon St, Dunedin 9016 
7:00 pm | 60 min 
Online Tickets: $12 
Door Sales: $15 
Dash Tickets (0800 327 484)  
Door sales available (cash only)
World Premier
Adult Themes
Wheelchair Accessible

One of New Zealand’s international comedy success stories and 2013 Fred Award finalist Nick Rado poses the question – How Did We Survive The 90s, during the NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

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: 6-10th May 2014, 8:30pm
Venue: The Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen Street, Wellington
Tickets: $20 – $23 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or 

More than just a nostalgiafest

Review by Shannon Friday 07th May 2014

Nick Rado’s How did we survive the 90s? is all that and a bag of chips.  

We start with a slideshow of 90s icons, from Hulk Hogan to the Hoff, which draw giggles of recognition.  When Rado takes the stage, we’re ready to care for him like a Tamagochi. 

Rado makes excellent use of the multimedia throughout the show, getting us clapping along to the theme from Friends or freeze-framing the most cringe-worthy moments of an educational video.  His simply presented misheard song lyrics of the 90s have me in stitches – buggin’, even – and I will never look at the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air the same way again.

Later, Rado pulls some audience members onstage to recreate some classic icons of the 90s, including WWF wrestling and a sitcom.  These bits can use some work – as Rado admits – but the ending is a super clever way to reincorporate all the jokes from earlier in the evening. 

So often stand-up show titles or themes can seem really arbitrary or tacked on, but Rado works his theme for all it is worth, covering a huge breadth of material, from the Hutt Valley slogan to international pop stars. 

While I find my pleasure often depends on how much a particular image sticks in my mind – Holy cow, grippy catch! — there’s enough absurdity in Rado’s observations to lift the night above a simple nostalgiafest.  

So if you were alive and interested in pop culture in the 90s, dig out a couple-a beans and slip-slide your way down to Fringe Bar. BOOYAH.


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