New Zealand’s Premiere clean stand up comedian. International award-winning, critically acclaimed Comedian, radio presenter, TV writer and five-time winner of Best Comedy MC at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards.
Nick is guest comedian, panellist and head writer of over 250 episodes for TV3’s topical news comedy show ‘7 Days’, Nick was invited to perform at the sold-out Sydney Opera House for the prestigious Just for Laughs Sydney showcase for The Comedy Channel on Foxtel, Australia and has opened for Danny Bhoy, Aziz Ansari and Rob Brydon on their nationwide New Zealand tours.
Nick is currently the head writer and guest panellist for 7 Days, has appeared on TVNZ’s Have you Been Paying Attention and ‘Socrates Walks Into A Bar’ a comedy web series about philosophy, Nick is currently in hot demand internationally on the corporate circuit and regularly MC’s and performs after dinner comedy sets in Australia, Hong Kong, Fiji and Masterton. Nick performed at the 2019 New Zealand International Comedy Festival with his brilliant new hour of clean stand up comedy, you can also catch Nick on Fox Sports Australia over the summer on Foxtel’s hit show ‘The Night-watchmen’ as guest comedian covering the New Zealand Black Caps tour of Australia. In 2019, Nick was awarded Best MC and Best Male Comedian at the 2019 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.
Nick has been commissioned to write, produce and star in not one, but two sitcom pilots (Sidelines & Mangere 10/7) for TV3’s pilot initiative, Sidelines has also been made into a movie script which is currently being optioned in the UK as a co-production. Nick’s Sidelines sitcom has had numerous production company’s fighting to get involved in Australia such as Princes Pictures (Summer Heights High), CJZ (The Gruen Transfer) and also written confirmation from Rick Kowalksi head of content at ABC to co-fund the project. Nick has also been a writer and script consultant for an ABC children’s show called ‘Hardball Heroes’ with Northern Pictures Australia.
He has written 5 hour stand up shows, two of which ‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ and ‘Nailed It!’ were nominated for the prestigious Fred Dagg Award (Best Show @ NZ International Comedy Festival) Nick is looking to bring this show to Australian festivals Including full runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide
Nick has a background in radio where he worked for ten years in the UK. Highlights included on-air breakfast talent for Bristol GWR (now Heart), numerous SONY awards, and being the Executive Producer for Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton in London. Nick stepped away from radio to learn his trade on the UK comedy circuit. Nick was a regular MC, Opener and Headliner for Jongleurs, The Comedy Cafe London, Headliners, Highlight and many more UK clubs.
Nick showed great enthusiasm and really took the information provided in our brief to deliver a great performance. From control of the evenings procedures to engaging the audience (tailored ... keep readingto suit our guests, industry and achievements), Nick has received nothing but the best feedback from our staff and for that I thank Celebrity Speakers for their advice and listening to our initial requests in choosing the right man for the job. Miles Motor Group
Our Conference went amazingly well and Nick did an outstanding job. We feel like he brilliantly hit his stride with us this year, and read the presentations and audience extremely well and injected humour into the right places. He was a pleasure to work with and we would definitely recommend his services. Looking forward to working with him again in the future.
Nick was an unexpected sensation. Don’t be fooled by his quiet unassuming nature when you meet him. He has an amazing ability to be able to read his audience and know exactly how far to push them. Being a corporate business we did not want to embarrass anyone, and Nick over delivered in performance, arrived prepared on time, gave confidence to our staff and finished the evening with a hilarious set that had tears running down the face of the CFO. Legendary and we would definitely book him again in the future
We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your time and entertainment on Thursday night. The room didn’t stop laughing all night and the feedback since then has been fantastic with most saying it was the best Awards Evening we have had yet - backed by the best MC.
Last night went so well which was largely due to Nick! He is so very approachable and friendly and easy-going. You tell him what you would like and he makes it his own and really has fun with it which in turn created a fun, light-hearted night that all our delegates loved and are still talking about this morning. Thanks so much Nick! Another job well done
Always a moment of trepidation when you engage with a new dinner guest speaker that you have never heard nor have heard by direct referrals but knowing Nick writes for 7 days, there had to be an element of entertainment and comedy to end the night on a high, and that is exactly what Nick did, thanks so much the lumberjacks were grateful and understood your Ecoya candle joke!
Before our event, very few people in Wairarapa had heard of Nick Rado, but now he is the talk of the town. Nick had a tough act to live up to following the success of last year's inaugural awards evening, but he quite simply smashed it out of the park. In front of a tough audience of local business people, including a couple who regularly MC events themselves, Nick was just outstanding. His meticulous preparation paid off, and he won the crowd over in the first few minutes with a hilarious welcoming address, based on considerable local knowledge and research. He had the room buzzing from the start and they remained thoroughly engaged throughout a long night of award presentations. It is hard to put into words how successful the event was, but it's probably best summed up by one of the local Mayors in attendance, who said it was the most enjoyable evening she had been to during all her years in office. Nick is a naturally funny guy who also incredibly quick to react to what's going on around him and to the mood of the room. Furthermore, his Nigel Owens story is something that nobody should go to their grave without hearing - I'm still laughing about it now! Having been privileged to spend most of the day with Nick, it was quickly apparent that he is one of the most genuine people you could ever wish to meet. He also prides himself on being one of the very few comedians who specialise in clean humour, which meant that nobody went home offended and he was appreciated fully by a diverse audience. He hung around for several hours after the end of the formal proceedings to chat to the award winners, guests and dignitaries which was an unexpected bonus. Please do not hesitate to give my number to anyone looking for a reference for Nick as I would be more than happy to recommend him to any event organiser. Having been involved in event management for more than 30 years, I can honestly say this was the funniest and most professional MC I have ever engaged. Thank you, Nick - we would love to see you back in Wairarapa anytime. Go well - you are a true star!