A popular comedy event will return to this year's 40th
Queenstown Winter Festival.
The moot for the June 22 debate, featuring top New Zealand
comedians Paul Ego and Michele A'Court, broadcasters Jesse
Mulligan and Oliver Driver, veteran Invercargill mayor Tim
Shadbolt and up-and-coming politician Jacinda Ardern, is
''Forty is the New Thirty''.
The moderator will again be Jeremy Corbett, who hosts the TV3
current affairs satire show 7 Days.
Festival naming sponsor American Express is bringing back the
debate to celebrate its 25-year involvement with the 10-day
''There's really no better way to highlight our 25th year of
sponsorship than by bringing back one of the all-time
festival favourites,'' American Express consumer marketing
vice-president Dean Chadwick said.
Festival manager Lisa Buckingham said tickets would go on
sale through Ticketek on May 5.
The debate headlines a triple bill of NZ comedy events during
Comedy Night on June 24 will feature Urzila Carlson, Brendhan
Lovegrove, Ego, Dai Henwood and Simon McKinney, also at the
Queenstown Memorial Centre.
The following night there will be ''Wednesday Lates'' at
Vinyl Underground, with Lovegrove and Carlson.
''We have lots to keep people entertained but numbers are
limited ... so it's first-in first-served,'' Ms Buckingham
Tickets for these two comedy events also go on sale May 5. -
- by Philip Chandlera