The improv show where three teams face off in a battle for glory, honour, and the audience's favour. The winner returns in the headline spot next month, while the losers wail and gnash their teeth… We bring the knives. You bring the judgement.
Late Night Knife Fight is a joyful proving ground for improvisors creating new work and ensembles, offering development, coaching, and collaboration across companies and styles. An opportunity to catch the next big thing in improv before it takes flight, work developed at LNKF has gone on to full seasons and festivals, with Hall Monitors, The National Average, Two Dope Teens (winner: Best Improv Nelson Fringe 2018), The History Boy (nominated: Outstanding Solo Performer NZ Fringe 2021), Magnus Steele, and more in development.
"Being handed a knife as I enter, albeit a plastic one, I could not help but get the feeling that this was going to be a more hardcore night of improv than I had experienced in a while..."
- Art Murmurs
“An important contribution to the development of the next generation of Wellington and Aotearoa’s actors, comedians and improvisers.”
the big HOO-HAA!
Coming to NZ International Comedy Festival and Summer Laughs - learn more at thebighoohaa.nz
Brace yourself for an epic improv faceoff. The Hearts stand valiant in one corner. The Bones hunger for glory in the other. You, the audience, decide the champion. But hey, the points are made up and everyone’s having a great time!
The Big HOO-HAA! is a competitive improv comedy show founded in Perth in 2002. The Big HOO-HAA! then arrived in Melbourne in July 2010 where it quickly became the go-to for audiences seeking a riotous alternative to traditional comedy nights.
"A wild night of unbridled joy, silliness, and, of course, laughter... A big hoorah for The Big HOO-HAA!"
- Regional News
"A rambunctious, rollicking good time starring some of the city’s finest improv talent."
- Art Murmurs
Locomotive is thrilled to be hosting its first international iteration with The Big HOO-HAA! Pōneke, and to be stepping into the very big shoes worn by our Australian improv colleagues. Of course, Locomotive is no stranger to long running shows garnering glowing praise, with Late Night Knife Fight running since 2016 and One Act/Play since 2020.
summer improv feat. CABOOSE
Kick off the new year with Wellington's hottest new improv comedy show, Summer Improv at Tapere Iti.
Each week, the capital's favourite improvisors will deliver an hour of spontaneous storytelling and sparkling wit, taking inspiration from your suggestions and each other's real-life misadventures. Summer Improv is hosted by Pōneke improv fixture Jennifer O'Sullivan (Late Night Knife Fight, One Act Play), features a rotating lineup of local favourites as well as visiting stars, and promises an unrepeatable night of joyous hilarity.
With only 60 seats available, it's best to book early and often!
"When you line up some of the best improvisers in Wellington... you’re pretty much guaranteed a great night." - Regional News
Four actors, one act, no script. In One Act/Play, the Locomotive team creates a unique, improvised play for you, right now. Will it be touching? Hilarious? Dramatic and heartfelt? Very likely, but you’ll only find out by being there.
Created and performed by Christine Brooks (the bold one), Clare Kerrison (the thespian one), Matt Powell (the story one), and Jennifer O’Sullivan (the joyful one).
“This is an authentic theatrical experience that will reward anyone who’s sick of the glib predictability of pre-packaged television, wants to disconnect from the barrage of news and social media and watch real human beings at work demonstrating excellence in a difficult craft, or who wants to learn more about storytelling...
The actors make it look easy. Perhaps this is precisely because it is unrehearsed and new, and that, after all, is how life plays out."