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Comedy Lab

Comedy Lab

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  • Wed 7 Mar ’12, 8:00pm
  • Wed 14 Mar ’12, 8:00pm
  • Wed 21 Mar ’12, 8:00pm


The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, Auckland CBD



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  • Admission: $10.00

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Rhys Mathewson

It’s an age-old question in comedy – how do performers manage to hone their works before embarking on their seasons during the NZ International Comedy Festival? Like fixing Rachel Hunter’s spilt ends, it doesn’t happen overnight.

So in the name of exploring comedy frontiers, comedians performing as part of the 2012 Festival will test their works on human guinea pigs with the all-new Comedy Lab. This is a chance for audiences to get a sneak peek into how the beast is formed.

For the comics, it’s a chance to test what flies and what dies on live humans that who aren’t their flatmates (that’s you, faithful comedy fan).

Rhys Mathewson will host the Comedy Lab over three weeks in March at The Classic Studio in Auckland. And for one-night only observe Justine Smith as she harnesses the chemistry at The Fringe Bar in Wellington. Watch these comedy Einstein’s play scientist to all manner of on-stage experiments with the aim of honing and refining material in time for the Festival in May.

Lab worker requirements include: an ability to laugh, finely tuned comedy ears, an enjoyment of comedic dissection, Bunsen Burner safety knowledge and basic writing skills that result in legible feedback to the jokesters themselves.

No cute and fluffy animals will be harmed for scientific reasons. Audiences on the other hand…

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