About Sam

Sam is an accomplished writer, comedian, and musician.

Sam was a national finalist in the 2011 Raw Comedy Quest. His first solo show Samantics won Best Wellington Newcomer at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival. He currently writes for TV3′s Jono and Ben at Ten, 7 Days, and Best Bits on TV One.

“Sam Smith is God’s favourite NZ comedian – and mine” – Michael Palin

“Geuninely hilarious plethora of talent” – Theatreview

“Outstanding” – Johnsonville Library

Upcoming Shows

  • Next Big Things

    Date: 28th April 2014
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: Rangatira at Q , Auckland
  • Augmented Fourth

    Date: 6th May 2014 – 10th May 2014
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: Luna at Q Theatre , Auckland
  • Augmented Fourth

    Date: 13th May 2014 – 17th May 2014
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: Fringe Bar , Wellington
  • Song Sale

    Date: 26th May 2014
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: one2one Cafe , Auckland
  • Song Sale

    Date: 23rd June 2014
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: one2one Cafe , Auckland

Contact Sam


Latest News

We moved to Auckland

As of December 2013 I’m living in Auckland, and with that comes many things that I’m excited about.

I’m working at Jono and Ben at Ten, which I’m super excited about.

For the comedy festival this year, in Auckland and Wellington, I’m doing a show with Robbie Ellis. It’s called Augmented Fourth, about a band called Augmented Fourth and will be a musical-comedy rock extravaganza. I’m pretty excited about it too.

There are another couple of potential projects that I’m excited about. More on those as I find out more about them.

Posted January 10th, 2014

We’re Writing A Radio Play

Death Never Blinks

For the past few months I, along with Steven Youngblood, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Kate Schrader have been writing a radio play. It is called Death Never Blinks and is designed to be a three-part series following the life of private Detective Dick Mason and the many strange occurrences that occur around the Queen’s visit to Wellington in 1953.

We’ve recently finished part 1, and are planning to get the remaining two episodes all wrapped-up by the end of the year.

I am the entertainment at a business awards dinner in the next few weeks, as well as performing out at the great room at Mayfair on November 9th. I’m also working on filming some sketch comedy with the very funny Brad Zimmerman and Adam Wright over the next few months.

Posted October 25th, 2013

Comedy Festival 2013 is over!


Well, the NZ International Comedy Festival has finished for 2013. It’s been a great festival; I’ve seen some great shows, met some great people, and caught up with some people I haven’t seen in a while.

Samantics went well. We sold out the season, which is awesome.

And I won an award for it! Best Wellington Newcomer. I’m pretty stoked about it, despite having done the comedy festival in 2003, 2010, 2011 and 2012. But it’s mine now – you can’t do anything about it.

Posted May 21st, 2013

Where You’ll Find Me In The Comedy Festival


My solo show. An hour of me, a microphone, a guitar, a bass, a recorder, and an easel.

The Brown Show

Serious chat show satire. Hard questions, hilarious answers.

Fan Fiction

Line-up show that sold-out in 2012. This is a hilarious format of comedians reading out their own fan fiction. They’ve just come back from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and will feature guests (like me) and super special guests like the UK’s Josie Long.

Thrills and Swoon: An Improvised Romance

Improvised romance, featuring Wellington’s finest and funniest improvisers, and myself on the musical keyboards.

Fist of Triumph

Line-up show from the Class Comedians of 2012. I’m MCing and have been amazed at how much funnier these kids are than back when I did it 2003.

Raw Meat Monday

New comedians trying out stand-up for the first time, and older comedians trying out never before seen material.

8 Out Of 10 Ngerus

Panel show, loosely based around the UK’s 8 out of 10 Cats, with me in the presenting role. Comedians telling you topical facts and figures in new and exciting ways.


Line-up show with all my mates from my university days in Dunedin. We all started doing comedy in the South Island, and this show celebrates the mainland. This is also the only show where you can win a kilo of mince.

Posted April 25th, 2013

Comedy Festival Countdown

Comedy Festival Logo

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is 3 weeks until the Comedy Festival. There are heaps of awesome shows this year. Check out the website.

I’m in three shows; my solo show Samantics, I’m hosting a cool game show called 8 Out Of 10 Ngerus, and then I’m reuniting with a whole heap of my Dunedin mates for Southerners – a show featuring comics who started their stand-up careers in the South Island.

All are conveniently at Kitty O’Shea’s which is conveniently across the road from Cafe Eis which is my favourite late-night dessert-snack place.

I also have an exciting project starting up for after the festival. I’m going to be playing drums for a production of Footloose.

Posted April 9th, 2013
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