Welcome to Can Do Comedy!

We are a band of performers, designers and producers based in Christchurch, on the South Island of New Zealand working to bringing Kiwis and visitors to New Zealand the highest quality stand-up comedy entertainment possible.

We’re dedicated to making small but significant contributions, through laughter and the arts, to rebuilding the nightlife and vibrancy of inner city Christchurch, while demonstrating the warm humour, creativity, innovation and great hospitality Kiwis are known for worldwide.

We feel proud to be sharing our journey of discovery with the various communities of Christchurch as we forge connections, discover and nurture emerging talent and put a smile on everyone's face

Individually we have been producing and performing comedy shows since 2014, recently banded together as Can Do Comedy in late 2018.

Image from a showcase we produced at Kensington Fun House.

Events We Run

Open Mic Night

WEEKLY On Tuesdays | 8pm - 10ish

This show is a great way to experience authentic Christchurch stand-up comedy. On any given night you'll see comics from a mix of skill levels, all trying our their new stuff. Some jokes are heard for the first time, others for the last. Things can get loose, it can get weird, but it's always a good time.

If you're looking for a cosy spot to kick back with a couple of drinks or bite to eat and have a laugh on a Tuesday, this is the show for you! If you're interested in performing yourself, this is a great no pressure environment to dip your toe in. Just show up at 7:30 and add your name to the list. Easy!


Kensington Fun House - 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch

Facebook / Eventfinda / Watch Trailer

The Saturday Showcase

Usually towards the end of the month | 8pm - 9:30pm

Our lineup of 6 hilarious stand-up comedians have been honing their jokes all month, their efforts culminating in THE Saturday Stand-Up Showcase!

The lineup combines a mix of our favourite regular performers, a few up-and-comers ready to knock your socks off, and regularly features a surprise guest comedian from out of town. This show is the tightest ship we run, it has a lovely, warm and welcoming vibe - perfect for first time comedy viewers! Laughter is the best medicine so come along and unwind from the stress of the month with a laugh! Kick off your Saturday night the right way!


Kensington Fun House - 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch

Stand-up Comedy Lab

Time and place varies, Join the Facebook Group for more info

Have you always wanted to give stand-up a go but had no idea where to start?

Are you a stand-up comedian feeling like your act has stagnated?

If you said yes to either of the above, we have the solution. The Stand-up Comedy Lab is regular writing group with the common goal of always giving 110% to the audience. We can take you from absolute beginner with no stand-up experience to a regular on the comedy circuit in a matter of weeks! We can also help you breathe new life into older jokes or come up with tons of new ones. No matter your skill level, we have a place for you in our community.

Run by Taylor Ruddle of Can Do Comedy. Taylor is described as "One of the most prolific producers of consistently workable material" and "A complete beast at writing" by his contemporaries, he has been involved with running comedy scenes since 2014. He has a passion for helping others discover, hone and perfect their comedic craft.

Another often overlooked part of being a professional comedian is the interpersonal skills, it's not all about the jokes. We can guide you in maintaining good relationships with bookers, venues and other comedians in order to ensure you're always in hot demand. Some of the "Soft Skills" we will help you with include: Backstage Professionalism, Mic Technique, Managing Expectations, Using Stage Time Efficiently, and MCing Shows.


Kensington Fun House - 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch

Join the Facebook Group to get involved!

Poster Gallery

We are just as passionate about using quality design and branding as we are about stand-up. Below are a few of our favourite poster designs we've used throughout the years, if you're a comedian looking for a poster design for your next show, please get in touch and ask for Taylor.

Roster

Taylor Ruddle

Comedian

Taylor got his stand-up comedy start in Japan where he was a founding member of the group Comedy Fukuoka. His style has been described as disarmingly laid-back with a twinkle in his eye, disguising a sharply honed wit. His material covers growing up as a pop culture obsessed introvert in New Zealand, living as a big european guy in Japan, and his many misadventures along the way.

Merch

Unfortunately, comedy merch has never been cool or stylish. We are striving to create designs that you can wear proudly to support the comedians you love, and the comedy scene as a whole. We have taken inspiration from retro athletics, 1970's packaging and music design aesthetics, as well as more modern minimalist and expressionist styles to create a line of designs that has something for everyone.

Visit The Store

The store is currently powered by Threadless but we are looking to find a quality New Zealand based company to work with. If you are or know a company that can help and would like to get involved, please get in touch!

Connect With Us

One of our core values is that we want to connect with the people of Christchurch through laughter.

If you're a venue owner interesting in putting on a comedy night, a company looking to organize a work function, you have some feedback for us, you want to find out more information about upcoming shows, or want to get on stage yourself, don't hesitate to get in touch via either channel below:

candocomedynz@gmail.com

/CanDoComedy