The Comedy Festival hits town on Sunday. Yes, just as we get those first blasts of winter and that lack of sun depression hits, people visit town with one purpose and one purpose alone: to make you laugh.

The mighty Paramount Theater kicks off the Wellington Comedy Festival on Tuesday 8 May with the opening night extravaganza – First Laughs

If you can’t make a decision on who to see my pick is Late Laughs at the San Francisco Bathhouse every Friday and Saturday night. Nothing beats a mix of comics cutting loose late at night, alcohol and their competitive instincts kick to make for for a rather excellent evening.