Billy T Jams 2015 Q Theatre

So, it’s almost time for the programme announcement for the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider on 25 Feburary.

But first you can whet your appetite with Billy T Jams, a fantastic line-up of stand-up introducing you to this year’s Billy T Award nominees; Eli Matthewson, Nic Sampson, Tim Batt, Hamish Parkinson & Matt Stellingwerf.

Rose Matafeo, Billy T Award winner in 2013, will be hosting the night and 2014’s winner Guy Montgomery will headline the show.

The show will take place in Q Theatre, Auckland on the 5 Feburary from 8pm.

Let’s kick off 2015’s laughter season with the best young comics New Zealand has to offer!

Here’s a bit more about the 2015 Billy T Nominees up-coming solo shows:

ELI MATTHEWSON was a card-carrying, Parachute-attending, Christian teenager who gave it all up for the life of guilt-free sinning. But did he make the right choice? The little gay rock-star of New Zealand comedy is back with a second nomination for the billy T, and his new show tells of life after leaving youth group.

“Borderline genius” – TVNZ

NIC SAMPSON returns to the stage like a goddamn hero with a new show! This time it’s to accept the ‘National Treasure’ Award for services to the nation or something. He won Best Newcomer at last year’s Comedy Fest.

“If you have any interest in the future of New Zealand comedy, this is a show you will not want to miss” – Theatrescenes

TIM BATT wants to discuss a few of the important topics for 2015. Babies are useless. Jobs are weird. Families are terrifying. Human life is a strange beast. His unique brand of off-kilter observation, highbrow philosophical musings and lowbrow dick jokes won him the Comedy Fest’s Best Newcomer in 2012.

“a f*cking shitstorm of laughs” – Craccum Magazine

HAMISH PARKINSON will attempt to become the greatest comedian of all time, or fail in a blaze of glory. Spinning the wheel of his fortune to determine what kind of comedian he’ll become, he’ll beg for your mercy and succeed to heights he’s never imagined, or fall like he never wished he would.

“Hamish Parkinson, in a word, is brilliant” – Theatreview.org.nz

MATT STELLINGWERF’s 12 days of unrequited love, one night stand’s, drugs, orgies, depression, Tinder, true love and theoretical physics?! Hear the NZ Comedy Guild’s Best Newcomer (2012) tell his,

“incredibly witty, utterly filthy, undeniably lovable stories” keepingupwithnz.com –  about the strangest, scariest and (in retrospect) funniest fortnight of his life.

NZ Comedy Festival 2015