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Comedy festival hits
20 years -- no joke!
By HANNAH SPYKSMA
Funny times: New Zealand International Comedy Festival director Kylie Aitchison at the
Classic Comedy Bar where the Kiwi comedy scene has flourished.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Kylie Aitchison contacts
British funnyman Ricky
Gervais each year and
asks him to come to the
New Zealand Inter-
national Comedy Festi-
He's said no to her
every time but that
doesn't stop the event's
director putting him on
her ultimate festival
There's always next
year and I think that's
the best bit of my job,''
Mrs Aitchison says.
The annual event fin-
ished last week and now
it's time for the produc-
ing team to take stock of
two decades of the festi-
Mrs Aitchison has
worked on the event for
the past 10 years and
seen it grow from a
handful of acts to a
This year she's ticked
off a few wishes by get-
ting Idiots of Ants and
Jason Byrne on stage.
The festival is the
most diverse it's been.''
It was 20 years ago
that a few comedians got
together in a central city
pub and nutted out plans
to bring a taste of Edin-
comedy line-up to Auck-
It's grown from this
tiny aspirational thing,''
director Clare Kelso
She was involved with
the original organising
committee and has seen
the festival swell not
only in size but in con-
Musical comedy, musi-
cal improvisation, long-
form improv, improv,
sketch, stand-up, magic
and current affairs are
just some of the genres
under the umbrella of
We've unlocked from
the strict rules of thea-
tresports'' and moved
away from the more tra-
ditional format of mak-
ing people laugh, Ms
performed two improv
gigs during the festival
at The Drake in
It's a full circle of use
for the pub which used to
be known as Kitty
O'Briens -- the meeting
point for comedians
before the Classic Com-
edy Club opened on
The first few years of
the festival helped drive
the industry and once
there was demand, the
need for a proper venue
Scott Blanks helped
open the Classic in 1997
and regular shows have
been happening at the
New Zealand comedy
was then 10 years
behind the Australian
scene and almost 20
behind development and
culture in the UK.
There was a little bit
of a national cultural
cringe then thinking
that New Zealanders
weren't as funny or good
as elsewhere,'' Mr
Once the Classic
became a bit more real''
for comedians -- and
many now hold their
own on world stages.
stumbled on to the scene
through a bar job at the
Classic in the late 1990s.
She says the family
atmosphere reeled her in
and she's worked in the
The opening of Q
theatre in September
2011 means that for the
first time this year the
festival had a distinct
district for shows.
Now we've got a
really nice precinct
where the heart of the
festival is -- it's quite a
vibrant place to be,'' Mrs
EAST & BAYS COURIER, MAY 23, 2012
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