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Jimmy Carr: Comedy, Conchords and having a carbon footprint of a Wookie - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:40

Jimmy Carr is looking forward to bring his distinctive brand of comedy to a wider New Zealand audience in January.

The 45-year-old British comedian, best-known as the host of TV shows like Distraction and 8 Out of 10 Cats, last visited our shores in early 2016. However, while Funny Business only visited Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, his Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour is set to also include trips to Hamilton, Napier, New Plymouth and Dunedin.

Speaking on the phone straight after a recent gig in the UK, the affable Carr says while Napier was on his personal wishlist, he had other reasons for a Kiwi tour expansion.

"I've got a carbon footprint like a wookie. I am doing 40 countries next year – I'm going everywhere man – and sometimes its easier for me to go to you, rather than you come to me. I also think I've got quite a lot of young fans – 18, 19, 20 year olds â€“ and it's an expensive show to come and see without having to fly somewhere as well."

Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey up for indie award - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:28
Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey has been nominated for Best Actress at the 2017 Gotham Awards.

Albert Nikoro gets four weeks' suspension for swinging arm tackle to head - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:18
Counties Manukau winger Albert Nikoro has been suspended from all rugby for four weeks after hitting an opponent in the head with a swinging arm tackle.

Matt Todd out of All Blacks with groin injury, Ardie Savea comes onto the bench - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:17
Matt Todd's groin injury has provided Ardie Savea with the chance to escape the frustrating role of being a spectator at Suncorp Stadium.

Live: Wellington v Northland - Mitre 10 Cup Championship semifinal - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:15
The Lions host the Taniwha in Wellington in the first semifinal of the Mitre 10 Cup Championship.

Winston Peters' influence will weaken South Island's voice - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:13
OPINION: Thank goodness, a government.

If Bill English goes, these people are his likely replacements - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:06
ANALYSIS: Outgoing Prime Minister Bill English wasn't sure whether he would continue on as leader of the National Party last night.

Taranaki MPs are hopeful big spending projects will proceed under new government - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:50
Taranaki's elected MPs say they are confident the region will not become a political backwater now that it is not represented in government.

National men's football league 2017-18: How the contenders shape up - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:44
After an appetiser last weekend, where Team Wellington beat Auckland City to claim the Charity Cup and get an early leg up, the national men's football league kicks off properly this long weekend, with a full slate of games.

New Zealand Trotting Cup nominations take another hit - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:43
There is unlikely to be a full field in this year's New Zealand Trotting Cup.

New government brings policies marking massive changes in education - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:41
New Zealand's education sector is preparing for a sea change under the new Labour-New Zealand First government.

What does a new Government mean for the Canterbury rebuild? - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:34
ANALYSIS: Change is coming to Christchurch. The rub will be in how much.

Fortune teller predicts Jacinda Ardern victory - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:29
A year ago Ron Griffiths looked closely at Jacinda Ardern's palm and predicted she would become New Zealand's prime minister.

New Taylor Swift song 'Gorgeous' drops with '80s and '90s inspiration - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:13
Taylor Swift has released a new track: Gorgeous.

SH1 north of Kaikōura will close overnight, have unsealed sections and lane closures when it reopens - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:13
Authorities have back-pedalled on promises to have the highway north of Kaikōura fully functional by Christmas. 

Checking out the pieces of Christchurch's red zone jigsaw puzzle - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:02
LIZ MCDONALD distills thousands of pages of research to lay out the possibilities for the red zone.

Don't forget Christchurch, business groups and investors say - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:58
The new Government has been urged not to forget the Christchurch rebuild as it juggles its parties' election promises.

Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has announced her executive team for new government - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:57
Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern is getting down to business in her new role electing the bulk of her new Cabinet, taking calls from world leaders and setting out plans to put in place a zero carbon act.

From the streets to the ring: Levi Beattie's impressive kickboxing story - Top Stories - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:54
Jail seemed the most likely option for Levi Beattie, but as Logan Savory explains, kickboxing has pointed him towards a life he is now very proud of.
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