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7 December 2004

Top Local Comedians And Edgy Late Night Comedy

12th Annual New Zealand Community Trust World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand Thursday, 20 to Sunday 30 January, 2005

Rising stars and established names of the comedy world – Te Radar, Jo Randerson and The Topp Twins, among others – share top billing with international stars during the New Zealand Community Trust World Buskers Festival.

“Our popularity demands us to always be on the lookout for great talent, new venues and shows”, says Festival Director, Jodi Wright. “The secret behind the breadth of the Festival’s popularity is to tailor each location to specific audiences “.

Madness at Midnight is the latest innovation to the Buskers’ evening programmes. It’s a new show staged at two new performance venues employing the tried and true hosted format Festival audiences have enjoyed for years. Each location presents a range of select performers from the international line up developed around a specific focus. All the evening shows offer adults only entertainment. Crowds are entertained with an on-going MC performance that enhances the experience while gluing the individual acts into a cohesive whole.

Madness at Midnight, a comic, weird and wacky talent show, joins the two existing evening shows. Hosted by Sam Wills from 12 midnight to 1.30 am on The Strip, Oxford Terrace at the Azure Bar (21,22,23 & 25 January) and Coyotes (26,27,28 & 29 January). A performer donation at the door is greatly appreciated ($5 preferred).

- more - Then there’s the CPIT Busker Comedy Club, a cabaret style, outdoor variety show in the Arts Centre North Quad. Hosted by The Blackstreet Boyz and the Topp Twins the show runs nightly from Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 January, 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm (doors open at 5.30 pm). The Comedy Club was debuted last year and is the only outdoor evening performance. We’re seeking a gold coin ($2) entry donation and there are a few reserved tables each show. In the spirit of the festival, the performers will be passing the hat during and after the show.

Stand up and comedy theatre will also be back this year at The Loaded Hog with WAHO Late Night With The Buskers. Hosted by Te Radar and featuring Jo Randerson, Daniel Oldaker and other special guests, the show runs nightly from Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 January, 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm. A performer donation at the door is greatly appreciated ($5 preferred).

“Its great to be able to offer a variety of comedy on any given night”, says Festival Director, Jodi Wright.

Full programmes available 10 December online or in print from 6 January.

About the Festival The Festival was founded in 1994 by Festival Trust – a charitable trust established to foster the arts by producing high profile and accessible arts-based events.

The 2005 World Buskers Festival is core funded by the Christchurch City Council. Naming sponsor is the New Zealand Community Trust. Other sponsors include; The CPIT, The Radio Network, TV 3, Pacific Blue, The Christchurch Press, Allied Domecq Wines (NZ) Ltd, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, the Loaded Hog, Waho, the Hyper Factory, Placemakers Riccarton, Starbucks, Smokefree, Copthorne Durham, Ticketek and Hadlee Kippenberger and Partners. The Festival is the recipient of grants and donations from the Lion Foundation, The Southern Trust, Scottwood Trust, The Community Trust, Bendigo Valley Trust, The Canterbury Foundation, Caversham Trust, Royal Netherlands Embassy, ASIA 2000, and a variety of other supporters – in kind, contra and financial.


Full details on R18 NIGHT SHOWS follows…

CPIT Busker Comedy Club Hosted by The Blackstreet Boyz on Jan 20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30 Hosted by the Topp Twins on January 24 & 25 Cabaret style, outdoor variety show. For mature audiences only R18. NO children please due to ADULT content. Arts Centre North Quad, 2 Worcester Blvd. Nightly 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm (doors open at 5.30 pm) Performer hat passed twice per evening. No BYO chairs (small cushions okay), No BYO food or drink (food and drink available on site- cash and Eftpos only) For the maximum enjoyment of all attending we ask smokers to please refrain while in the North Quad performance area. Entry via $2 donation.

There are a limited number of tables (4 seats to each) with food and beverage options available. Phone (or visit) Arts Centre Info on 363 2836 from Monday 5 January to book or email us at

WAHO Late Night With The Buskers Hosted by Te Radar and featuring Jo Randerson, Daniel Oldaker and special guests. Stand up and comedy theatre. The Loaded Hog, cnr. Manchester and Cashel Sts. Nightly from Thursday January 20 to Sunday January 30 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm Entry via performer donation ($5 preferred). There will not be a hat passed at the end of the show.

Madness at Midnight Hosted by Sam Wills For fans of the wacky, weird and funny antics of performers. This series will run for 8 nights from midnight to 1.30am, Entry via performer donation ($5 preferred). There will not be a hat passed at the end of the show. Oxford Terrace- The Strip: Azure Bar: Jan 21,22,23,25 and Coyotes: January 26,27,28,29


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