Q Theatre, The Vault, Auckland

13/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

Foxglove Queens Wharf Ballroom, 33 Queens Wharf, Wellington

29/04/2014 - 03/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details

As seen on ‘Live at The Apollo‘ and ‘Q.I.‘, rising star on the UK Pro Comedy circuit Sara Pascoe makes her NZ debut as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival, in Wellington (29 Apr – 3 May) and Auckland (13 – 17 May).

Nothing in life is certain. Everything we believe is subjective. Evidence can be manipulated by predispositions and prejudices. You could just be a brain in a lab being stimulated by electrical impulses? Or, if each cell in your body is replaced over time, maybe you are not even you anymore, like the Sugababes?

Sara Pascoe has starred on BBC’s Twenty Twelve, Live at the Apollo, C4’s Stand Up for the Week and Live at the Comedy Store on Comedy Central. Despite all this, she cannot be absolutely sure that she exists.

“Always clever, occasionally exquisite” – The Independent

“Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation to make a near-perfect show” – The Guardian

“An exhilarating, deeply satisfying show” – The Times

“A cocky-cum-quizzical delivery that resembles Russell Brand minus the libido” Evening Standard

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: Tue 29 Apr – Sat 3 May, 7pm
Venue: Foxglove Ballroom, 57 Customhouse Quay
Tickets: $20 – $26 Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) //

Dates: Tue 13 – Sat 17 May, 7.15pm
Venue: Vault at Q Theatre, 305 Queen St
Tickets: $25 – $30 Bookings: 09 309 9771 //

Also appearing in:
The 5 Star Comedy Preview (Wed 23 Apr) at SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland
The Big Show On The Shore (Fri 25 & Sat 26 Apr) Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Comedy Allstars at the BMC (Thu 8 to Sat 10 May) Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna

Cerebral, silly and emotionally true

Review by Phoebe Smith 30th Apr 2014

Before anything else I’d like to state clearly that Sara Pascoe is one of the best stand-up comedians I have ever seen. Opening to a full house ( at the Foxglove Ballroom), this charming, natural and intelligent British (and-I’ll-joke-about-being-British-but-it-won’t-be-my-entire-act) delight has a really lovely balance between the self-confident and the self-effacing. 

Sara Pascoe VS the Truth is cerebral without being alienating, silly without being daft and believable emotionally without casting the audience as therapists. She is particularly loveable as all of the kooky things that come out of her mouth (there are many, but I shan’t give the game away) actually sound wholly reasonable in the context of her show.  

Pascoe gives the impression of ‘being herself’ on stage. There is no ‘persona’ required for this particular act. So rather than a persona-driven show, we have a concept driven show – in this case, “There are no facts, only interpretations” (Nietsche). This grand statement allows pretty much anything to be discussed and it is a credit to Pascoe that her structure is defined but deft; elements are reincorporated throughout the show, maintaining a satisfying narrative. The cohesive through line in this show is a pleasure to watch.

Another brilliant thing about Pascoe is that she manages to talk about “bein’ a woman” etc, without it being all she’s talking about – yes, she appears to have other interests besides her own or your gender – and without a) making fun of women or b) hating on non-women.   

Not only is Pascoe genuinely funny, she is also interesting and passing on scraps of a life philosophy – she’s a little like Ariel Manto from The End of Mr Y if she’d been a stand-up comedian.

I highly recommend this show.


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