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'Laughs In The Park' to launch Christchurch Events Village

'Laughs In The Park' to launch Christchurch Events Village

It's time people in Christchurch had a chance to relax and have some fun. The producers of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, along with Christchurch City Council, are excited to bring the laughs with a hilarious night of comedy launching the new inflatable dome theatre in the Christchurch Events Village in Hagley Park.

To host this event we've secured the talents of one of our favourite up-and-coming Kiwi comedians Nick Rado (NZ). Fresh from the Edinburgh and Hong Kong comedy festivals, he returned to New Zealand shores in 2010 and is hot to trot, scoring himself a Billy T nomination within 6 months of his return! Nick's laid back, witty style of stand-up and his smooth moves with a stylophone are sure to please.

"On its toes comedy and crowd-pleasing buffoonery at its best."- Three Weeks Magazine, Edinburgh Festival.

Joining Nick Rado is multi-talented Jamie Bowen (NZ), recent recipient of the inaugural Creative Comedy Initiative grant for his NZ International Comedy Festival show 'Munfred Bernstein's Cabinet of Wonder'. Mixing stand-up, story telling, random banter, music and anything else that springs to mind on the night, Jamie has proven himself to be one of New Zealand's most exciting and creative comedians. What he can do with a ukulele and loop pedal needs to be seen.

"He's honestly one of New Zealand's greatest stand ups - and one of our best entertainers." -

The Man when it comes to musical parodies, Gish (NZ), is well known for his 'Big Girl In The Corner' rendition of the Eagle's 'Hotel California' on TV3's AotearoHA. After sell-out seasons at this year's Festival, Gish will cleverly take your favourite songs somewhere you never thought they would go. One of the punniest comedians you'll see!

And hold onto your Stetsons, we've got the deliciously dry country-singing sensation Wilson Dixon (USA) headlining the show! Direct from a season of sell-out shows in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, this Fred Award winner and Best Show nominee will rock your socks off. Or more specifically, he'll be a boot scootin' riot!

The NZ Comedy Trust would like to thank Air New Zealand, The Press and the Christchurch City Council for their support in bringing the laughs to Christchurch.

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Laughs In The Park Fri 8 and Sat 9 July, 8pm The Dome,

Christchurch Events Village,

North Hagley Park

Entry from Armagh St Bridge

Tickets: $30 adults / $25 groups

(plus booking fee)


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