Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland

30/04/2014 - 30/04/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

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Fancy a night out of pure comedy gold with your friends and workmates? Then this is the show for you!

They’ve been around for five years and it’s about time that they had a bit of a night out! With a proud community built around a stunning array of comedians – Creeping Charlie invites Auckland audiences to The Creeping Charlie Showcase, as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Creeping Charlie manages some of the biggest names in New Zealand comedy – so for one night only on the 30th April, they’ve brought together their collective under one roof. Performing (with a hint of bragging also in this list) for your viewing pleasure will be none other than:

Wilson Dixon, Cripple Creek, Colorado’s country music legend who has been a sell-out success every time he hops the fence from music to comedy – with a smattering of music in there also.

Nick Rado, 2011 Billy T Award nominee and 2013 Comedy Guild winner “Best Show” for his sell out season of The Funniest Joke In The World

Urzila Carlson, TV3 “People’s Choice Award” winner at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival, NZ Comedy Guild winner, “Best Female Comedian” 2010, 2011 and 2012. NZ Comedy Guild “Best Newcomer” 2008.

Rhys Mathewson, Billy T Award winner 2010, NZ Comedy Guild winner “Best Male Comedian” 2010, NZ International Comedy Festival award “Best Newcomer” 2009, NZ Comedy Guild winner “Best Newcomer” 2009.

Simon McKinney, Billy T Award nominee 2007, FRED Award nominee 2011 Comedy Guild winner 2007 “Best Male Comedian”, Variety Artists of New Zealand 2010 “Reilly Comedy Award” winner.

Ewen Gilmour, Billy T Award winner 1997, NZ Comedy Guild “Decade Achievement Award”, 2012 “Variety International Presidential Citation”, 2013 “Worst Dressed Man” winner (he’s stoked about this one. Seriously)

Jesse Griffin, a much sought after comedy director, writer and actor with a number of TV projects set to air in 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: 30th April 2014, 8:30pm
Venue: Rangatira at Q, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $30 – $35 (booking fees apply)
Bookings: 09 309 9771 or 

Each different, original, skilled; all funny

Review by Johnny Givins 01st May 2014

Q Theatre was a buzz last night with the Comedy Festival performances.  There were 10 different shows in three different venues from 7pm to 11.30pm.  The place was packed with eager punters and illustrated the development of this Festival over the last few years.  Comedy is popular!!! And NZ comedians are up there with the best in the world. 

The Creeping Charlie Showcase is a two hour show in the big Rangatira Theatre and it is fully booked out!   

Hosted by the irrepressible Urzila Carlson, six stand-up comedians from the Creeping Charlie Comedy Talent Agency are featured.  Carlson is a great host; she warms up the audience and does wonderful stand-up routines from her lesbian and South African heritage.  A visit from her South African policeman brother is an opportunity to contrast the world of guns, stress and danger to the Pacific quiet of West Auckland where a major event is [spoiler averted]!

Ewen Gilmore is the V8 veteran of NZ comedy and packs not only punches but fragile insights into his embarrassing life.  His timing is superb, his manipulation of pictures and situations in West Auckland and Prague are really funny. 

Nick Rado has just returned from 7 years gigging in UK, Netherlands, USA and China.  He has a ‘boy next door’ appeal with great stores from his youth in Porirua.  His sequence on the snorting of RARO powder at age 7 is a triumph of physical comedy. 

Jesse Griffin has a laid back style with a subtle performance energy which doesn’t catch the packed house as fully as other performers.  The central theme as a ‘Ginger Man’ had lots of quick puns and gags but aches for a longer story with more action. 

Simon McKinney is a comedy star.  He is an excellent vocal mimic and impersonator.  He has a finely tuned ear and a quirky sense of humour which gives fresh insights to his life abroad.  His ‘Kiwi lady’ and the upper class Englishman are highlights.  He has earned his stripes and performs with a professional edge and quality which is endearing and funny. 

Ryhs Mathewson is the young up and coming comedian who is breaking boundaries here and in Edinburgh.  He is a bit raw at the moment with excellent one liners and young drunk man stories.  He represents a large section of the audience and they love him.  For me his self-deprecating and bad taste elements cloud the great humour that is essentially in the stories, however, a comedian to watch out for in the future. 

Wilson Dixon on the other hand is a triumph with the audience.  He is a character created by Jess Griffin and has a life of his own, quite separate from the stand-up who appeared earlier in the show.  He is a Country and Western singer who, over a simple country strum, makes one-liners tumble over each other as he makes droll and unique observations of his life and times.  A complete character the audience just ‘got’!  Very funny with two really good songs.

The Creeping Charlie Showcase is an excellent opportunity to see the professional Kiwi comedians doing their stuff.  Each was different, original and skilled.  They were all funny.   I like comedy which touches me, forces me to see the absurdity in my life and enjoy the stories from the performers’ real experiences through their unique prism.  Last night I got elements of each one and had a good laugh.


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