Palmy's comedy scene continues to grow rapidly, with new performers coming through the Fresh & Funny Open Mic or Parbaked LOLs. Find out more about some of these performers by clicking on their profiles below:
Abby McKeeAbby McKee is an accounting major and local amateur actor. She is a lady in the streets and a freak in the spreadsheets. She has decided to try stand-up for the first time after her friends told her to go for it because life is short and what's the worst that could happen?
Al GeorgeAn 18th Century style Spanish bungalow with commanding views of the Tararuas, this property includes regrettable one liners, tenuous-at-best anecdotes and several hectares of tragic self deprecation. Price reflects the state of general neglect and disrepair. Possibly haunted by the spirit of Country
Amber DrydenAmber Dryden is a Scottish girl looking for some sort of adventure in New Zealand. Actually, she’s not that adventurous and much prefers to stay in her comfort zone so here she is trying out Stand Up Comedy. Real comfortable! She is also a self proclaimed walking Scottish stereotype. Fast talking, ginger haired Loch Ness Monster!
Ana HarkinAna is a skinny biarch, who is bloody Australian. Some may say that to be funny one must carry some weight, and change their accent, however she does pack a punch.
AstarteAn Aged Polymath, Astarte has yet to find her 'one true calling'. She's done a bit of quite a lot of stuff and is enjoying sharpening her funny bone with the Comedy Hub. It's a very blunt bone as yet but you can laugh at her while she whittles herself into a black hole.
Cara CummingsCara spends her day job running her own business Building Blocks Home based Education and child care. But when she is not building her empire, she tries not to take life to seriously. So she thought she would do the least serious thing she could think of, Stand Up Comedy! She brings her years of life surrounded by children to the stage and hopefully a little sunshine into your world.
Chris InghamChris is a columnist for The Spinoff. You may recognise him also from Jono and Ben's NZ's Funniest Dad competition, where he finished with a bronze medal. Well, came third, there was no medal. Just a dozen beers and a couple of pies.
He is a father of three, husband of one, and all round virtue signalling warrior for social justice He has a more in depth knowledge of the Wiggles than he'd care to admit, and can recite Planes: Fire and Rescue from memory, yet somehow has only seen Frozen once.
Doreen Van DamMeet Doreen Van Dam! Or Doors to her mates. A party girl, happy to be stuck in the 80's with no intention of growing up. Her tongue is sharp, not so much her mind.
Dylan StewartDylan once won "Top Comedian of the universe" in an award ceremony he made up while stuck in traffic one day. He also won "greatest lover of all time" that night, however that award was withdrawn when his wife wrote a letter to the judges.
After recently moving from Auckland to Palmerston North he brings a unique outlook on life, love, marriage and fatherhood with him and makes this "award winning" (we use that term loosely and only on his insistence) comedian a must see!
Elaine ReilyA pathological optimist, Elaine always believes it will be alright on the night and that it will take her 3 minutes to get here, there and everywhere. Which can be a challenge when she's heading back to visit her native Scotland.
Elaine is funny. Well quite funny. Occasionally. From time to time, Elaine has been known to be funny and she hopes that this qualifies her as a comedian. Did I mention she's an optimist?
EnkoEnko Byambajav comes from a small country called Mongolia. Before he arrived in New Zealand, he used to work as a copywriter for a telecommunications company back home. He has always been fascinated by the wonders of stand-up comedy. It’s story-telling at its simplest yet, most entertaining. Also, it’s a great way to find out if your weird thoughts make sense to others.
Jono SmithJono Smith, An Aussie been in the land of the long white cloud over 15 years. Went to the University of LIFE. My goal in life is to put a smile on your dial. Hope to see you on a journey of laughs and fun.
Justin NgaiJustin is both blessed and cursed by his overwhelming beauty. He has legions of fangirls and fanboys alike, constantly knocking on the front door of his imagination.
He often asks Aphrodite 'why he was chosen to be the vessel of these good looks' — he never asked to be beautiful. If only they would leave him alone to play video games in peace.
Kajun BrookingRaised on the gang infested streets of Hastings, Kajun moved to Castlecliff Wanganui in search of a better life. Kajun spends plenty of time on the toilet where he creates all types of material and comic relief. As a stand up comedian his mission is to make at least one person laugh. If he can do that, his job is done and he can finally prove to his 14 year old daughter that Dad is actually funny.
Katie MerrieKatie is fresh out of comedy class, hoping to achieve a single laugh. Just the one. She brightens your day by sharing her odd, unique and comparatively awkward experiences that you think are made up, but unfortunately, are true.
KelsKels is an early 30's, half cast and half dead. So doing really well in life. He is very opinionated... a bit of an asshole. But a good asshole, you know? He has decided to give up the world of corporate to peruse his passions, Poker and Comedy. Will he succeed? Probably not, so lets all watch him fail together.
LexI have a penchant for fast driving and sipping on whiskey… No, not at the same time! I am working on being brave, saying yes, and sharing my experiences with willing audiences. I have a ton of life experience and get a kick out of over sharing!
Lianne KaraitianaKia ora. My name is Lianne. I'm of Ngati Kahungunu descent. I'm 60, married twice and have 5 kids including two sets of twins. I am Nanny to 11 mokopuna. I am an employment specialist, have worked for years as a bouncer and have a passion for stand up comedy. My other aim is to learn the drums so move over Cadbury Gorilla, Lianne's on her way.
Maggie MaloneAfter 20 years in NZ and having grown two kids to adulthood, Maggie hit a significant birthday last year, had a rush of blood to her head and decided to give stand-up comedy a go.
She’s been told she’s funny but that could mean so many things! A natural story-teller, she welcomes you on a gentle journey exploring the more hilarious, slightly odd moments of life.
Matthew WilleyMatthew Willey is pretty old. He was born like ages and ages ago and comes from Yorkshire. Yorkshire is a small republic beset on all sides by the tyranny of the English. He moved to New Zealand to escape parochialism and small mindedness. Matthew is just starting out on his comedy journey. After years of being funny in order to spoil things for everyone, Matthew has decided to see if he has to he cojonas to stand up and be funny when it counts.
Mike OsborneMike's friends have to suffer him being late for everything. For the general public that turned out to be a good thing as he arrived rather late to stand up comedy.
Now that he's doing it after years of hankering to get up there, he wonders if he should have just settled for a life of bitterness and regret.
You can find him ranting about matters serious and trivial on a soapbox on Sunday mornings in
Memorial Square at the Carterton Farmers Market during the summer months.
Morgan Hunter-BellIt finally happened: Morgan Hunter-Bell ran out of excuses not to become a comedian. Originally from Wanganui and now living in Palmerston North, Morgan likes to be funny every now and then - no more, no less. He is best known for his experimental podcast "The Off-Mic Show", and as an award-winning Roster Coordinator.
Nathan CrossA keen observationalist, who's able to hold up a mirror to Kiwi society and make us laugh at ourselves, Nathan has plans to make this country better, and they revolve around him gaining his residency!
So help him get it by coming to see him at a show and laugh!
Neridah McPhailWoman, mother, breathing, therefore capable of anything. While not having won any recent awards, she figures it's never too late to try and win the award for participation.
Her world tour, which was only ever happening in her head has been cancelled. So here she is. Fresh off the boat, straight out of the oven and being served up on your plate tonight even if it wasn't what you ordered.
Renee RoseRenee Rose Grenville is new to stand-up, but not new to the stage. She made her 2019 acting debut in the break-out role of 'Breville the Toaster’. When not on stage, Renee is a model citizen... Or just a model (at least). She was going to write something funny here, but I guess she’s saving the jokes for the show.
“...loud...” - Manawatu Standard
Richie BRichie was born with a guitar in one hand and a Māori strum in the other. More familiar with guitar parties in garages, than with comedy, the standing ovation he recieved for his rendition of "c is for cookie" gave him his first taste for the stage.
His comedy is set against the three bar chords of life, and draws on his own experiences as someone who generally says yes to everything and his talked his way out of more situations than you've had hot dinners.
Richard DrydenRichard is basically the poster child for how not to make a human... Nothing works, has his mothers kidney, His arm is his tongue, complete with the hair and he cannot see, much.
But what doesn't kill you, makes you laugh, right? Guess you'll have to come and have a squizz at a life lived and experienced!
TitoHaving started comedy back in 2008, Tito was a regular on the Wellington comedy circuit before he upped sticks and head for the bright lights of Feilding.
In the space of three years, he went from a university slacker to a married father of five children. Drawing from his life experiences and unique family dynamic, Tito has plenty of entertaining stories and observations to share that have had audiences up and down the country in stitches.
2013 NZ Comedy Fest 'Spirit of the Festival' winner.