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Sam Simmons: Problems

Sam Simmons

The multi-award winning Aussie maestro of suburban absurdism, Sam Simmons is bringing his show Problems to Auckland for the first time from 26 – 30 April as part of the2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Simmons is a genius… with a dash of Mighty Boosh and a huge dollop of something that is unmistakably his ownChortle, UK

He has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses around the world; he’s taken home the respected Festival Director's Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2008), while winning the Best Comedy Award at Adelaide Fringe (2011) while also racking up two nominations for the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival (2006, 2011) and for Best Comedy Award in Edinburgh (2011).

In 2012 Sam assembled a wonderful cast of Australia's pre-eminent absurdists for the television show Problems (ABC1) a four part journey through the cream brick neverland that is the Australian suburbs. In 2013, Problems was broadcast and received with applause throughout the UK on UKTV’s Dave.

Like Crocodile Dundee before him, international audiences immediately took to his eccentric style of comedy – from Europe to the Americas and beyond, the peak of Simmons’ rise in comedy saw him perform on Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show, Conan – earning high praise from the beloved host who even went as far to remark “you’re a strange fellow” after his 5 minute set.

Sam has also performed his solo shows four times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, twice at the prestigious invitation only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival as well as JFL festivals in Chicago, Toronto and at the Sydney Opera House.

Now back in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland audience have a chance to watch as another Aussie performer is destined to go off prawn in a hot sock in 2014.

through laughter he will seduce you” ***** The Age, AUS

“***** Simmons is a wide-eyed, frantically energetic stage presence. 'Problems' made me want to leap to my feet and scream "Genius!" in an outrageous French accentThree Weeks, UK

As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April - 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to

Date: Sat 26, Mon 28 - Wed 30 April, 8.30pm
Venue: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr
Tickets: $20 - $26
Bookings: 09 970 9700 //


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