We’re getting ready for another side-splittingly funny Best Foods Comedy Gala - now at The Civic!
Gala host Rhys Mathewson leads the lineup, joined by Tofiga Fepulea'i, Justine Smith and Chris Parker. There’s still loads more cracking talent to come, for what is shaping up to be one heck of a show! Check out all the deets below
Rhys Mathewson has won the Fred Award for the Best NZ show at Comedy Fest, taken out the Billy T Award, is a regular on 7 Days, and has just been announced for Dancing with the Stars! He made his first Comedy Fest appearance back in 2006 at age 15, as part of the New Zealand Comedy Trust's Class Comedians high school programme. Three years later he was crowned the youngest ever Billy T Award winner at just 19 years old, and has now racked up over 10 Comedy Fest shows. His high energy and sharp observations make him the perfect comedian to take the audience on an epic live comedy experience leading this incredible lineup.
Plus, newly announced!
On top of touring and TV appearances around the globe, you can catch Urzila Carlson's bold banter regularly on kiwi screens on 7 Days and Have You Been Paying Attention?. Her sharp observational style is lively, relatable and down-right hilarious. In 2019, Urzila became the highest-selling comedian ever at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and took home the coveted People’s Choice Award. In 2020 she released her Netflix special, Overqualified Loser, and wreaked havoc on Taskmaster NZ 2021. Check out her trademark deadpan humour and cheeky wit on stage at The Civic this September.
Easily one of New Zealand’s most prolific local comics, Guy Williams joins the line-up with his famous deadpan Kiwi humour, as seen on his popular TV show and podcast New Zealand Today. After earning the prestigious Billy T Award in 2012, Guy quickly became known for his antics as co-host on Jono and Ben, his hilarious stand-up shows, presenting on The Edge radio station and recently providing lots of laughs on the first season of Taskmaster NZ.
Joining this already world-class line-up of top tier talent is television and radio host, actor and all-round comedy superstar Hayley Sproull. Best known as host of The Great Kiwi Bake Off andHave You Been Paying Attention?, she's also host of ZM’s Breakfast show, starred in Golden Boyand Funny Girls and regularly appears on 7 Days. Hayley quickly became a Comedy Festival regular after winning Best Newcomer in 2012 and has since brought her comedy high notes and keyboard to the stage at the Best Foods Comedy Gala.
Nick Rado has opened for Rob Brydon, Aziz Ansari and Russell Howard; he’s performed at the Sydney Opera House in the prestigious Just for Laughs showcase… and now he’ll be performing for you at the Auckland Best Foods Comedy Gala! Nick is a multi-award winning writer, MC and stand-up comedian. He is a guest panellist and head writer of over 250 episodes of 7 Days and put out a special On-Trend on SiriusXM last year. He also took home Best Male Comedian at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards in 2019 and has performed to sell-out crowds both internationally and at home.
Urzila, Guy, Hayley and Nick join the wonderful Chris Parker, Justine Smith, Tofiga Fepulea'i, Kura Forrester, Eli Matthewson and Pax Assadi.
We've got even more incredible talent to announce over the coming months, for what is shaping up to be one stellar night of live comedy. But why wait? Book your seats now before they’re all gone!
Proceeds from this event will support the New Zealand Comedy Trust, who run the (usually) annual NZ Intl. Comedy Festival, to continue their work supporting the development of the local comedy industry