Comedian, MC, Entertainer, Playwright

Multi-Award winning Comedian, James Nokise, is much more than a stand-up Comedian. He’s also an award-wining theatre maker and playwright, who tours the International Fringe Festival Circuit, and has performed successful seasons in Edinburgh, Perth, and even New York City. When back home in NZ he’s a renowned social commentator who writes for 7 Days and is a regular guest on Backbenchers TV, as well as Radio NZ and Newstalk ZB. He’s MC’d events that range from Burlesque and Cabaret, the SPARTA Screen Awards, the Labour Party National Conference, and the Wellington 150th Capital Anniversary on the steps of Parliament. He is the founder of No Fefe Theatre Collective, who produce Wellington’s longest running satire theatre series, and in 2016 will become the first Comedian to travel to the Festival of Pacific Arts as part of the Aotearoa delegation.


  • James performed at two of our work functions. He spent time before his performances researching our company and the interests of the attendees to tailor his performance. The audience loved him and people commented about his knowledge of our company. He also made time to socialise with everyone before and after his performance. – Nic Keating, PWC

  • James Nokise was our MC for the 2014 Party Congress held in Wellington, covering the Friday and Saturday sessions in two different venues with audiences in the hundreds. As a values led organisation, we want to make sure that people who come together to support our party, candidates and campaigns feel fired up and ready to go. James Nokise did just that with humour, charm and weaving his personal narrative with his passion to see a better and fairer world. He was helpful, insightful, got the vibe of what we wanted to achieve and performed past our expectations. A true professional. – Tim Barnett

  • James was an excellent host for the annual industry convention for the NZ Motion Picture Industry Council and comes highly recommended. He’s enthusiastic, witty, a great entertainer and all-round a pleasure to deal with. NZMPIC have used him for a second year in a row and we are looking forward to inviting him back for a third year. Thanks James for all of your great efforts at this years Trade Show – Sandra Carrucan, General Manager Luminary Group & 2015 NZMPIC Trade Show Event Organiser