Plucky Kiwi underdogs take on the world in this feisty finale!

"This festival blows me away with its skill and generosity... In short it is a breath-taking, giddying display of mastery."

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Hosted by festival director Jennifer O'Sullivan, New Zealand vs the World pits a team of local improvisors against the best of our international guests. Round by round we'll see who's got the goods - will Team New Zealand remain world champs or will our international superstars humble our hometown heroes? 

Across the week every cast, crew, and production will come together in unique combinations, creating spontaneous comedy and theatre every single night. With these incredible improvisors and directors from all around New Zealand (and the world!), you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat every time.

The Creative Team 

Festival Director: Jennifer O'Sullivan
Producer: Clare Kerrison

New Zealand Improv Festival is delighted to be supported by WCC Creative Communities and the New Zealand Improv Trust.

Season Pass

Hungry for as much improv as you can get? For just $39 full price or $30 concession, grab a Season Pass for three shows in the NZ Improv Festival. Just choose from ImprodomeThe VillageThe Restaurant#hashtagThe Curse of BlahblahlandMothersShibuya Scramble CrossingDon't See This Show AloneThe Improv Show at The End of the WorldPlot Mess or New Zealand vs The World - do it all in one night or spread your joy across the festival!

Accessibility

*The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.