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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

  • Titirangi War Memorial Hall 500 South Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)

On TV, film and live, New Zealand comedy has never been bigger. Published alongside a major TVNZ documentary series, Funny As is an extensive, authoritative, hilarious history of New Zealand’s funny men and women told in 300 pictures and a text built on deep research and over 100 interviews. From capping bands to the Topp Twins, ‘hori humour’ to Billy T James, Lynn of Tawa to Fred Dagg, New Zealanders have made each other laugh in ways distinctive to our peoples and our cultures. This session about the book will be funny as.

Michele A'Court is a stand-up comedian, writer and newspaper columnist. Her first book, Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter, is based on her hit solo comedy show which she will be touring to more than 30 towns this autumn.

Paul Horan co-founded the NZ Comedy Festival and The Classic comedy venue. He works in NZ and Australia television, including head writer on Rove, helped create The Project for Network 10 and as consultant producer on TV3 comedy hit Supercity. Currently the Executive Producer for Taika Waititi’s company Piki and created the book and the documentary series Funny As: The story of New Zealand Comedy.

Phillip Matthews is a Christchurch-based journalist, reviewer and editorial writer who works for Stuff and The Press. He previously did two stints as the Listener’s arts and books editor and was the magazine’s award-winning film reviewer for over a decade. Funny As, written with Paul Horan, is his first book.

Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall

Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions $120.00 | $100 concession
Individual Sessions $18.00 | $15 concession
4 Session Pass | $60 | $50 concession
Tickets available from iTICKET*

A delicious lunch catered by Loaves and Fishes Online orders essential: by 1 September | $22

*transaction fees apply

Earlier Event: 8 September
Erewhon (PG)
Later Event: 8 September
Daffodils (M)