7 December 2004
Top Local Comedians And Edgy Late Night Comedy
12th Annual New Zealand Community Trust World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand Thursday, 20 to Sunday 30
Rising stars and established names of the comedy world – Te Radar, Jo Randerson and The Topp Twins, among others – share
top billing with international stars during the New Zealand Community Trust World Buskers Festival.
“Our popularity demands us to always be on the lookout for great talent, new venues and shows”, says Festival Director,
Jodi Wright. “The secret behind the breadth of the Festival’s popularity is to tailor each location to specific
Madness at Midnight is the latest innovation to the Buskers’ evening programmes. It’s a new show staged at two new
performance venues employing the tried and true hosted format Festival audiences have enjoyed for years. Each location
presents a range of select performers from the international line up developed around a specific focus. All the evening
shows offer adults only entertainment. Crowds are entertained with an on-going MC performance that enhances the
experience while gluing the individual acts into a cohesive whole.
Madness at Midnight, a comic, weird and wacky talent show, joins the two existing evening shows. Hosted by Sam Wills
from 12 midnight to 1.30 am on The Strip, Oxford Terrace at the Azure Bar (21,22,23 & 25 January) and Coyotes (26,27,28 & 29 January). A performer donation at the door is greatly appreciated ($5 preferred).
- more - Then there’s the CPIT Busker Comedy Club, a cabaret style, outdoor variety show in the Arts Centre North Quad.
Hosted by The Blackstreet Boyz and the Topp Twins the show runs nightly from Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 January, 7.00 pm –
10.30 pm (doors open at 5.30 pm). The Comedy Club was debuted last year and is the only outdoor evening performance.
We’re seeking a gold coin ($2) entry donation and there are a few reserved tables each show. In the spirit of the
festival, the performers will be passing the hat during and after the show.
Stand up and comedy theatre will also be back this year at The Loaded Hog with WAHO Late Night With The Buskers. Hosted
by Te Radar and featuring Jo Randerson, Daniel Oldaker and other special guests, the show runs nightly from Thursday 20
to Sunday 30 January, 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm. A performer donation at the door is greatly appreciated ($5 preferred).
“Its great to be able to offer a variety of comedy on any given night”, says Festival Director, Jodi Wright.
Full programmes available 10 December online or in print from 6 January.
About the Festival The Festival was founded in 1994 by Festival Trust – a charitable trust established to foster the
arts by producing high profile and accessible arts-based events.
The 2005 World Buskers Festival is core funded by the Christchurch City Council. Naming sponsor is the New Zealand
Community Trust. Other sponsors include; The CPIT, The Radio Network, TV 3, Pacific Blue, The Christchurch Press, Allied
Domecq Wines (NZ) Ltd, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, the Loaded Hog, Waho, the Hyper Factory, Placemakers Riccarton,
Starbucks, Smokefree, Copthorne Durham, Ticketek and Hadlee Kippenberger and Partners. The Festival is the recipient of
grants and donations from the Lion Foundation, The Southern Trust, Scottwood Trust, The Community Trust, Bendigo Valley
Trust, The Canterbury Foundation, Caversham Trust, Royal Netherlands Embassy, ASIA 2000, and a variety of other
supporters – in kind, contra and financial.
Full details on R18 NIGHT SHOWS follows…
CPIT Busker Comedy Club Hosted by The Blackstreet Boyz on Jan 20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30 Hosted by the Topp Twins on
January 24 & 25 Cabaret style, outdoor variety show. For mature audiences only R18. NO children please due to ADULT content. Arts
Centre North Quad, 2 Worcester Blvd. Nightly 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm (doors open at 5.30 pm) Performer hat passed twice per
evening. No BYO chairs (small cushions okay), No BYO food or drink (food and drink available on site- cash and Eftpos
only) For the maximum enjoyment of all attending we ask smokers to please refrain while in the North Quad performance
area. Entry via $2 donation.
There are a limited number of tables (4 seats to each) with food and beverage options available. Phone (or visit) Arts
Centre Info on 363 2836 from Monday 5 January to book or email us at email@example.com
WAHO Late Night With The Buskers Hosted by Te Radar and featuring Jo Randerson, Daniel Oldaker and special guests. Stand
up and comedy theatre. The Loaded Hog, cnr. Manchester and Cashel Sts. Nightly from Thursday January 20 to Sunday
January 30 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm Entry via performer donation ($5 preferred). There will not be a hat passed at the end of
Madness at Midnight Hosted by Sam Wills For fans of the wacky, weird and funny antics of performers. This series will
run for 8 nights from midnight to 1.30am, Entry via performer donation ($5 preferred). There will not be a hat passed at
the end of the show. Oxford Terrace- The Strip: Azure Bar: Jan 21,22,23,25 and Coyotes: January 26,27,28,29