First weekend setting the pace for 2011 NZ International Comedy Festival

As the SKY Tower lit up “comedy yellow” on Friday 29 April, the NZ International Comedy Festival was off to an incredible start!

The Visa Comedy Gala, NZ comedy’s “Olympic Opening Ceremony” of sorts, played to a sold-out crowd of over 2,000 on Friday evening at Auckland’s ASB Theatre. The celebration was filmed for a TV3 special, which was turned around in record speed, hitting the airwaves just 48 hours later! The transmission on Sunday 1st May won its 8.30pm timeslot in the key demographic, with a 29.1% share of the 25-54 year-old audience.

Auckland’s season officially got underway with 23 shows opening on Saturday; 12 of which completely sold out! An audience of over 3,800 turned out to see what’s on offer at this year’s opening weekend.

Wellington wasn’t shy about the comedy proceedings this year either. Visa First Laughs promised to blow the roof off the capital’s Opera House, and did just that – the live show completely sold out, once again setting the pace for Wellington’s season.

…And this is just the first week of the Festival! With another two weeks in both Auckland and Wellington left to go, alongside the nationwide Comedy Convoy tour, there are many more belly laughs to be had!

(From a press release)

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