Extraordinary Kiwis: Ben Hurley

7:00pm Saturday, July 3 on Prime


Tonight’s second episode of Extraordinary Kiwis is as much about presenter Clarke Gayford as Ben Hurley, as Clarke gets coached for his first ever six minute stand-up at the Classic Comedy Club in Auckland. A confident presenter on television, radio, and as a DJ, Clarke says the six minutes in front of a live audience was one of his toughest assignments. And as for Ben Hurley, well he’s one of New Zealand’s best loved comedians. From humble roots in Taranaki, Ben started with a stand-up routine in Wellington, winning a Billy T Award for outstanding potential in 2004. He then moved to the UK and mastered stand up comedy on the unforgiving British circuit winning widespread praise. Returning home Ben was voted NZ comedian of the year in 2008. He still plays on his origins as a small-town boy, and is quick to poke fun at Hawera, and New Zealand in general. Will Clarke crumble under the pressure or will his first live solo performance be a hit?

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