Simon McKinney is perfect for the corporate audience with his 'clean' comedy both as a feature comedian and as an MC. His fun and generous style warms him to any audience.
Simon returned to New Zealand following a very successful stint on the UK pro circuit, where he performed at two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and then went on to do a massive 300 gig run across Britain.
He was quickly embraced by the New Zealand comedy scene with appearances at the NZ International Comedy Festival, a Billy T Award Nomination and in 2007 he was voted by his peers as NZ’s “Best Male Comedian” at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards. In 2010 was awarded the “Reilly Comedy Award”, by the Variety Artists of New Zealand. At the 2011 NZ International Comedy Festival, Simon was nominated for the Festival’s supreme award “The Fred” for his show “People”.
His impressions are what really make Simon a unique addition to any event - they include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bert & Ernie, Elmo and “that movie guy”. It’s his impersonations of the everyday folk like “the kiwi lady”, “that drunk guy” and his international accents that connect him with his audience.
He has appeared in numerous televised Comedy Galas as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and TV3’s “AotearoHA” series. In 2010 Simon also appeared in and took the character of “Rachel”, Rhys Darby’s receptionist in TV2’s “Comedy Christmas Cracker - The Work Do”, as well as TVNZ’s “New Zealand Variety Show”, TV2’s hit comedy series “A Night At The Classic” and is one of the voices & puppeteers on the hit children’s TV show “The Mo Show”.
Simon travels the world as the Star entertainer for premier Cruise lines performing to up to 2000 people a night.
Simon McKinney is renowned for his character impersonations and is an in demand comedian for corporate performances.
Simon was great, he was very professional, confident and easy going. Such a nice man to work with. My guests enjoyed his comedy and it really added to the evening overall. I will definitely ... keep readingkeep him in mind for future events. I actually would like to use him as an MC, I really appreciated his ability to keep the audience captive without raising his voice - he definitely has great presence. ITMView more