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Tue 24 May 2011, 8:00pm

Where: ASB Theatre Marlborough , 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adults: $45.00 ea
  • Concessions: $39.00 ea
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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

The Comedy Convoy is hittin’ the road to bring the 2011 NZ International Comedy Festival to audiences across the country. This mob will be heading from top to bottom, east to west and everywhere in-between with 11 one-night-stands across the North and South Island.

And leading the way is one of New Zealand’s funniest exports, host Jarred Christmas (NZ, UK). Following sell-out shows in Edinburgh, a 25-date tour of the UK, a starring role in a BBC2 sitcom, storming appearances on hit UK panel shows, and most recently a surprisingly skilled performance of Madonna’s ‘Hung Up’, complete with pink leotard and heels, for BBC’s Comic Relief.

Joining Jarred (voted “Best MC” by on tour is Carey Marx (UK), who is becoming a Festival staple here in New Zealand, after his stunning debut performance in 2009 earned him Best International Show at the Last Laugh awards ceremony. His last show in New Zealand saw him counting down the ten most taboo words or topics in stand-up comedy – Marx is a man not afraid to push the envelope.

Australia’s Felicity Ward is widely respected in her home country for her work in The Ronnie Johns Half Hour and music quiz Spicks and Specks. Her show, Textbook Idiot, at the 2010 NZ International Comedy Festival cemented her as one of Australasia’s brightest, and most offbeat, comediennes of recent years. Armed with an acoustic guitar, Ward’s humour is endearing and slightly eccentric.

One of the biggest stories of the 2010 Festival, Rhys Mathewson, made history by becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted Billy T Award. A graduate of the Class Comedians programme in 2006 and a mainstay of both the Festival and the comedy circuit since then, Mathewson’s youthful exuberance and tongue-firmly-in-cheek demeanour has him regarded as the ‘next big thing’ in many comedy circles.

Rounding off the gang is The Boy With Tape On His Face (NZ), who has become a revelation in the international comedy circuit since his five-star performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. A multi-award winner, this comedian’s one-man show has drawn comparisons to Buster Keaton and been described by Chortle as a “truly magical experience.”

So don’t be a square; book your tickets to the Comedy Convoy before they sell out. It’ll blow your mind, you dig?

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