A gay-larious night of queer comedy for one night only in New Plymouth as part of Taranaki's inaugural OUTfest.
Neil D'Bear Thornton
Eli Matthewson: One of New Zealand's most prolific young comedians, having performed around the country and internationally. In 2019 he received the Director's Award from the NZ International Comedy Festival, and he's a two-time nominee for the Billy T award. Eli has received a swathe of four and five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and also performed at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals. He is Head Writer and a guest panellist on Have You Been Paying Attention, and has written for Jono and Ben, Funny Girls and Golden Boy.
Neil D'Bear Thornton: Soon after taking a comedy class in NYC in 2009, Neil became a regular in New York City comedy clubs and toured throughout the Northeast, with shows in Washington D.C., Provincetown, Fire Island, Philadelphia, and the Poconos. He produced and performed in Funny/Furry/Fierce, which sold out three years in a row at NY's Urban Bear Weekend, and co-organized and performed in MAULED: The Bears of Comedy at Provincetown Bear Week.
Since arriving in New Zealand (for a six-month adventure that turned into permanent residency) he’s made a huge impact, becoming a regular in New Zealand comedy clubs, touring to big cities and tiny hamlets, and appearing in the TV3 comedy special After Hours. His NZ Fringe Festival show Ursus Americanus was nominated for Best Stand-Up, and his NZ International Comedy Festival show Bearly Kiwi was nominated for Best Newcomer. In the last few years, he’s headlined sold-out gigs for New Zealand Bear Week, Christchurch Bear Week, Gay Ski Week, and the Wellington Pride Festival.
James Mustapic: (Known for his web series’ Shorty Street Scandal and Repressed Memories) has a satirical, dry style and makes cutting observations which come in surprising contrast to his soft spoken presence. Known for sharing stories of people who have done him wrong over the years, he enjoys candidly expressing his emotions in a self-deprecating manner.
Shannon Gillies: Stand up comedian who loves to talk about sheep, her family, how she fights children and how people who claim to have an allergy to coriander are indeed the worst people. Views expressed on the page or in a set are sometimes only genuinely my views.
Brought to you by Flash Mob Entertainment, OUTfest is a celebration of the Taranaki LGBT+ community promoting acceptance, diversity, inclusiveness and visibility.
All profits from this event will go towards OUTfest Taranaki community events.