James Nokise

2019 Fred Award winner James Nokise has been making us laugh since the early 2000s. He was nominated for the Billy T Award in 2005 and 2006 and performed in eleven NZICFs before winning the Fred Award for best New Zealand show for God Damn Fancy Man.

Billy T Nominee 2005

His work is highly political, tackling such issues as addiction, racism, and society’s expectation of men. In addition to his stand-up, he writes for theatre, television, and worked with Radio New Zealand to make Eating Fried Chicken, a podcast interviewing well-known New Zealanders on the topic of mental health.

Pulp Comedy was his first television break, and he has since written for 7 Days and 7 Days of Sport. He had also written for Wellington’s most popular satire theatre series, Public Service Announcements and worked with Puppet Fiction. As a stand-up he has performed the world over, from Edinburgh to Adelaide and relocated to London to pursue his international comedy career.

‘God Damn Fancy Man’ show image 2019