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Comedy keeping it real at The Meteor

National comedy legends Jamaine Ross and James Roque (Jono and Ben and Frickin Dangerous Bro) are joining forces with three of New Zealand’s up-and-coming comedians, Joe Daymond, Matthew Fleet and Joshua Jack, to create a night of fresh NZ comedy.

The shows will run back to back at The Meteor on 15 and 16 March, with There’s Potential Here (Daymond, Fleet and Jack) running at 7pm and Keeping it Real (Ross and Roque) at 8.30pm.

“We were stoked to have each of these shows on their own, but to have them together is just brilliant,” says The Meteor’s Hannah Mooney. “Comedy is really taking off right now and it’s great to team the newbies up with professional comedians.”

Headlining the double bill with Keeping it Real are NZ comedy scene regulars Ross and Roque, who have a multitude of notable writing and performance credits between them. Ross and Roque make up two-thirds of the critically acclaimed comedy trio Frickin Dangerous Bro, which performed at the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. Other notable credits include; Only in Aotearoa, 7 Days, Jono and Ben, Funny Girls, AotearoHA: Next Big Things, Brown Eye, and AoteroHA: Driving Stories.

“We like to think we’re two stand-up comedians who are consistently Keeping It Real,” says Ross. “And there’s nothing more real than standing in front of a microphone and telling jokes about being brown dudes living in Aotearoa.”

Hilarious, engaging, intelligent and accessible, this is audiences’ chances to see two of the country’s most endearing comics as they bring their top-notch comedy styles to the Waikato and help three rising star comedians at the start of their careers.

The rising stars in question are Joe Daymond, Joshua Jack and local Matthew Fleet, all in the first two years of their comedy careers. The trio will each be performing a 20-minute set for their show There’s Potential Here – a title that could not be more apt in describing the stage the performers are at in their careers.

“The idea behind the gig is that although people may not know us yet, There’s Potential Here,” says Fleet.  “Whether you’re into deadpan, improv or just traditional joke slinging, you’re bound to enjoy something in this line-up.”

With special Double Bill tickets available “this is the perfect opportunity for you to come and see comedians at the top of their game AND support three guys who are just starting out,” says Mooney.

Double Bill tickets for both shows are available for $25, as well as single show tickets. For more information and tickets visit The Meteor website at

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