Famous Comedians from New Zealand

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List of notable or famous comedians from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top comedians born in New Zealand and even some popular comedians who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi comedians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These comedians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known comedian from New Zealand is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Pamela Stephenson and Jemaine Clement.

This historic comedians from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi comedians of note?" and "Who are the most famous comedians from New Zealand?" These prominent comedians of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi comedians.

Use this list of renowned Kiwi comedians to discover some new comedians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (8 items)
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    Dai Henwood

    Dai Henwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    Dai Henwood is a New Zealand comedian. He is best known for his hosting of several television shows found on C4 but also performs stand up comedy. more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: 7 Days
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    David McPhail is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    David Alexander McPhail ONZM QSM is a New Zealand comedic actor and writer whose television career spans four decades. McPhail first won fame on sketch comedy show A Week of It, partly thanks to his impressions of New Zealand Prime Minister Rob Muldoon. He went on to appear in multiple series of sketch ...more

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    • Age: 70
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, The Amazing Extraordinary Friends
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    Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement is a New Zealand comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist, known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Bret McKenzie and the voice of Nigel the Cockatoo in the Rio film series. more

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    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Masterton, New Zealand
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: What We Do in the Shadows, Rio, Rio 2, Men in Black 3
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    Mark Hadlow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    Mark Hadlow is a New Zealand actor and comedian. Hadlow is perhaps best known internationally for playing the roles of Harry in King Kong and Dori, a Dwarf, in The Hobbit series. more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: King Kong, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Meet the Feebles, Last of the Living, The Scarecrow, + more
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    Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as an actress and comedian during the 1980s. She has written several books, which include a biography of her ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Clinical psychologist, Comedian, Actor, Voice acting, Writer
    • Credits: Superman III, Not The Nine O'Clock News, Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Comeback, Les Patterson Saves the World, + more
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    Rhys Montague Darby is an actor and comedian from New Zealand, known for his energetic physical comedy routines, telling stories accompanied with mime and sound effects of things such as machinery and animals. Darby was nominated for the Billy T Award in 2001 and 2002. He also won the 2012 Fred award at ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Flight of the Conchords, The Boat That Rocked, Arthur Christmas, Yes Man, What We Do in the Shadows, + more
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    Taika Waititi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedians from New Zealand
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    Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand film director, writer, painter, comedian, and actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night. His 2010 film Boy became the top grossing film in New Zealand, and was released internationally in 2012. more

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    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: Green Lantern, Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, + more
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    Wizard of New Zealand

    The Wizard of New Zealand, QSM is an English-born New Zealand educator, comedian, magician and politician, who has become something of a national icon of New Zealand. more

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    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Comedian
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