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All star line up at the Monkey House Theatre - lots of laughs.

By Kaspur Franke.

Justine Smith, Jeremy Elwood, and Donna Brookbanks, alongside with the team at Beat Fairy Productions bring back the funny this Thursday night to the Monkey House Lounge and Cabaret (18 Coghill St) with an All Star Comedy Line Up that’s not to be missed.

Justine Smith is a multi-award-winning comedian whose television credits include appearances on Taskmaster, 7 Days, Comedy Gala, and The Project. Justine’s charming and expressive performance takes her audience on a comedic journey. Quick witted and fun with a unique brand of humour that’s never far from a punch line, a subtle gag, or a cheeky raising of an eyebrow.

Host, Jeremy Elwood has headlined comedy clubs across New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, America, and his native Canada, as well as appearing regularly on NZ Television and Radio. Highly regarded and well renowned in the comedy world he has made multiple appearances as a panelist on both TV3's "7Days" and Radio New Zealand's "The Panel" and is particularly known for serving up hilarious stand up infused with intelligence and thought. This is Jeremy’s second visit to The Monkey House, after last years’ sold out show, so we absolutely know he will be bringing comedy gold.

Donna Brookbanks is an actor, comedian, improviser and writer. She’s written extensively for and appeared on TV3's 'Funny Girls', Shortland Street '7 Days', and The Billy T Awards. Aside from her television work Donna has performed and delighted audiences all over and everywhere, and is a masterful comic.

Lastly ex-realtor rocker and local legend Peter Lawrence will also be performing songs to start the night off at 6.30pm, plus will round the night off after the comedians leave the stage keeping the nights’ entertainment going with an impressive array of Country, Rock, Blues and Standards. It’s always a good time when Pete plays, so get your dancing shoes ready.

With new sound and lights The Monkey House is looking better than ever and is continuing to attract top calibre performers to Whitianga.

General Seating for the event is limited and tickets can be had starting at just $20 depending on availability. All purchases can be made online at or in person at either the iSite or at The Monkey House. Please note that this is an R-18 event. For further information about this event or for future event listings, please visit the team over at

Caption: Jeremy Elwood

Photo: courtesy of the NZ Herald.


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