RESET James Acaster - World Premiere

The Classic, Auckland

23/04/2016 - 07/05/2016

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

10/05/2016 - 14/05/2016

Flick 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival

Production Details

Sold out at the NZ Comedy Fest in 2013 and 2014., James is back and bringing with him a brand new show the likes of which no one has seen before. Be the first in the world to see it!

James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he’s always wanted. Something we all want.

Fosters Comedy Award nominee 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015, Edinburgh Fringe

Winner – Best International Show 2014, NZICF

Winner – Best Comedy Show 2015, Chortle UK

As seen on Live at the Apollo, BBC’s Q.I. and TV3’s 7 Days.

 R18 unless with a parent or legal guardian.

The Thursday 28 April, 7pm show in Auckland will be interpreted into NZ Sign Language for the Deaf community by an iSign NZSL Interpreter.

Buy tickets:

Auckland: The Classic, all shows at 7pm


Monday – Thursday $25.00
Friday – Saturday $30.00

*service fee may apply


WELLINGTON – San Fran – no wheelchair access

all shows 8.30pm


Tuesday & Wednesday $22.00
Thursday – Saturday $26.00

*service fee may apply

Comedy , Theatre , Solo ,

1 hour

Endlessly inventive

Review by Simon Howard 11th May 2016

With his entire season already sold out, and two extra shows being added to meet demand, it’s fair to say that word has got out about James Acaster. On the back of numerous awards and critical acclaim, there is a buzz of expectation in the San Fran on opening night. 

Reset is the name of Acaster’s latest show, with the question being asked: if you could push a button and restart your life, what would you do differently? It’s something which preys on everybody’s minds, and if your answer is “I wouldn’t change a thing” then hold on, as this self-deprecating Englishman has plenty to say on the matter.

Entering the stage without introduction, Acaster immediately turns on the charm offensive. Discussion about Tetris and a failed honey-selling scam instantly set the tone for the diverse creative stories which are about to follow. At one stage there is a segment about how wacky you are as a person, and this seems to reflect what James Acaster is all about. His comedic style is in part about finding the mundane and crafting a peculiar slant on it which you’ve never thought about before.

Observing audience interactions in the front row and weaving them into the show is done with such skill it looks almost effortless. Picking apart everyday phrases and unpacking the sounds and use of them is a notable highlight. 

For an international comedian, there are numerous perceptions on what New Zealand people are like and how they compare to the English which, at least from my experience, hit the mark. He loathes being English and the heavy burden post-colonial guilt bears upon him.

Yet this isn’t a show without flaws. There is a rambling and long-winded story towards the conclusion which never really goes anywhere, although there are some wonderful call-backs to tangents made earlier.  

The intricate structure of the hour and eloquent use of language combine to make this a show distinct from anything else in this festival. Endlessly inventive, I’d happily press the Reset button and watch an hour of Acaster doing stand-up anytime. 


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Absolutely, unrelentingly hilarious

Review by Stewart Sowman-Lund 26th Apr 2016

When I walked into the Classic on a cold Tuesday night to be greeted by a sign reading ‘James Acaster – Sold Out’, I knew this guy must be good. I mean, I already did – I’ve seen his ever-funny appearances on 7 Days, the NZ Comedy Gala and on numerous British comedy shows – but selling out on a Tuesday night in New Zealand? That’s pretty extraordinary. But after spending an hour watching his brand new show ‘RESET’, I can truly understand why he is so popular. Simply, because he is absolutely, unrelentingly hilarious.

After making his way to the stage through the audience, Acaster spends his hour on stage effortlessly weaving truthful observations with comical anecdotes. His comments on British tourists were particularly well-received, as were those on an everyday New Zealand expression which he managed to make hysterical. It is the ability to find humour in the mundane and ordinary which I think makes Acaster all the more entertaining to watch, making you think, laugh and question yourself all at once.

James Acaster has to be one of the best shows I have ever seen at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. If he can sell out on a Tuesday night you might be hard pressed to find a ticket for any other, but fight to get your hands on one. This is stand-up comedy at its finest.


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