321 Queen St, Auckland Central - just up from the Town Hall and Aotea Square, next to Tanuki's.
The Classic Comedy & Bar and The Classic Studio are located in the heart of Auckland`s entertainment precinct and feature local and international guest acts up to five nights a week.
The original design and layout of NZ's only full-time professional comedy club is based on some of the most successful clubs in the USA and the UK. Not surprisingly, many have had nothing but praise for the atmosphere and audiences.
The main venue room can accommodate 120 people in comfortable cabaret-style seating, adjacent to a separate bar which is open from 7pm till late.
The Classic Studio upstairs can accommodate another 40-60 people in a close and personal environment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your opening hours?
Box Office & Bar open from 7pm until late
Office Hours are Tuesday to Friday noon until 4pm.
(These times may vary seasonally and especially during Comedy Festival Season)
Best to email us and we'll get back to you within 12 hours during the week.
How do I book tickets to a NZ International Comedy Festival show? (Annually between April - May)
Purchase your tickets on Eventfinda or 0800 BUY TIX (0800 289 849)
Fees may apply. Online bookings close at 4pm on the day.
TICKETS ARE NONREFUNDABLE/NONEXCHANGEABLE. Select dates and seats carefully as these are NOT refundable.
Door sales at The Classic from 6pm on the night only and if any tickets available after online sales.
We recommend purchasing your tickets online to avoid disappointment. No waitlist.
Entertainment Book vouchers are not accepted for these shows.
How do I book a regular programmed comedy show? (January - March & June - December)
We update our website with all our shows approx 2-4 weeks before the event.
If you're after a date that hasn't been programmed yet, flick us an email.
Use the Comedy Guide to find the date and show you want.
Click 'Book Tickets' to ... book your tickets. Easy!
Eventfinda - Pre-purchase tickets. Exclusive discount available for some of shows.
Purchase a Table of Six on Eventfinda and SAVE! (booking fees may apply)
Entertainment vouchers and student discount not available.
Comedy.co.nz - use the BOOK TICKETS function to reserve tickets & pay later
No booking fees. Tickets held until 15 mins before the show. Don't be late!
Online booking requests close at 4pm on Friday.
Not available on Fridays & Saturdays as these are our most popular shows. Book online.
Not available for all shows - you'll be able to tell which shows as the website will redirect you to a booking site.
On the Night - Take a chance with door sales at The Classic from 7pm (subject to availability)
Entertainment vouchers and student discount may only be purchased at the door, subject to availability.
Entertainment Vouchers - may only be used for regular programme comedy shows.
Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for door sales on the night only.
Subject to availability. Not valid on Eventfinda or for 'special' events
MUST HAVE TICKETS NOW? - purchase on Eventfinda for instant confirmation.
What is a Table of Six Discount?
We offer a discount for those who purchase a table seating 6 adults.
This offer is exclusive to Eventfinda and must be purchased on Eventfinda. Not valid for door sales.
On Eventfinda you purchase 1 ticket of 'Table of 6' which permits entry for 6 adults.
Purchasing multiple tables of 6 can be done in a single transaction. 2 tables = 12. 3 tables = 18 and so on.
Seating will be allocated on the night for your table booked under the same name.
Example: Sam buys 3 tables of 6 = 18 seats. Yes they are automatically sat together at allocated tables.
How do I make a group booking?
See 'How do I book a regular programmed comedy show?' above
Group discounts apply for groups of 10+ confirmed.
We're happy to chat to you about your booking, just flick us an email.
Are seats allocated?
We seat the audience based on the rule: FIRST IN, FIRST TO THE FRONT. No arguments.
If you have made a group booking of 6 or more we will automatically allocate you a table for the group.
We do ask that you arrive at least 15 mins before the show to allow time for seating.
Latecomers and people booked under multiple names are not guaranteed seats together.
Let the usher know how many people are in your group so we can accommodate all of you together.
If you have a disability and require special seating, please let the ushers know before seating.
Planning a Hen’s or Stag’s Night at The Classic?
The comedy show is public and not everyone is on the stag/hen night, so the decision rests on what your intentions are.
1. If you are looking for a show where the attention is on the comedy, absolutely go ahead and book. We would recommend the earlier evening show, whilst the group is still fresh.
2. If you are more interested in the Hen/Stag being the center of attention, I would recommend skipping the show idea.
Legal and social implications now impact our readiness to admit Hens/Stags.
Obviously you know your group best so I hope you understand; the above will help you make the best decision for the group.
Are your shows age restricted?
We recommend a minimum age restriction of 14 years old due to adult content and environment.
The Classic is licensed requiring all minors (under 18 years old) to be accompanied by their parent at all times.
So if you're between 14-17 you must bring along YOUR parent, and it has to be your parent not a friend/sibling.
Some shows are strictly R18 - if you're not sure give us a ring 09 373-4321 before you purchase tickets.
No ID, no entry. No parent, no entry.
Where can I park?
Try the Civic Car Park under Aotea Square.
Is The Classic BYO Alcohol?
No! We are an on-licensed bar. Strictly no outside alcohol, not for gifts, prizes or giveaways. NO!
Any alcohol brought onto the property will be taken off you.
You may be asked to leave if you bring your own alcohol into the show.
The bar takings are used to pay for the costs of running the club; buy a drink and support the upkeep of the club.
Here's a sample of our Bar Menu
Do you serve food?
Yes, we have a bar snacks menu offering sushi, pizza, and more.
Here's a Bar Snacks Menu
Looking for a meal before/after the show?
We are conveniently located on Queen Street and within walking distance to a number of restaurants.
Right next door is Tanuki's Sushi & Sake Bar, our favourite Japanese restaurant offering a fantastic selection.
Let them know you're in for a show and they'll do their best to have you out on time.
Do you offer Christmas Packages?
Christmas Packages for 2018 will be released in July 2018 - Xmas at The Classic
To express your interest in having a function at The Classic email us
Do you offer Dinner & Show Packages?
We offer Dinner & Show Packages for work groups, social clubs and more.
More information available under Catering & Comedy
Is The Classic venue available for hire?
The Classic is available for hire for private comedy shows, fundraisers and other events.
More information available under Events & Functions
Can I hire a comedian from The Classic?
We can put you in contact with comedians for corporate functions, advertising, fundraisers and TV/Radio projects.
Browse through our Comedian Profiles and let us know if you have any favourites.
Otherwise let us know more about your intentions and we'll recommend someone.
To contact us - click here
Looking for a dinner and show package? - click here
Dinner & Show Packages suitable for groups of 45 - 90 people.
Platters & Show Packages available for groups of 20 - 100 people.
Packages are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Looking for our Christmas Comedy Packages - click here
Got a question we haven't thought of? Need more information?
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org