James Nokise MC/Entertainer Profile


Comedian, Playwright, MC, Entertainer, Speaker

Multi-award winning comedian James Nokise is much more than just a standup artist. He’s also an acclaimed theatre maker and playwright, who has toured the International Fringe Festival Circuit, with successful seasons in places such as Edinburgh, Perth and even New York City. When he’s home in NZ he’s a renowned social commentator and former writer for 7 Days. James is also the founder of No Fefe Theatre Collective, and in 2016 became the very first comedian to travel to the Festival of Pacific Arts as part of the NZ delegation. In 2019, James won the Fred Award

which recognises the best comedy show in the NZ International Comedy Festival each year.

You can hear James’ critically acclaimed podcast Eating Fried Chicken on Radio NZ, where he interviews celebrities and interesting characters while eating his favourite food (fried chicken if you hadn’t guessed). One of the major conversations of the podcast is mental health, and the entertaining yet serious interviews create an emotionally intimate space for guests and listeners alike. In 2020, Eating Fried Chicken was a finalist for Best Podcast in the Voyager Awards. Most recently you can see the stand-up comedian and son-of-a-preacher-man host “Yours Faithfully” an 8 part series exploring different religion from a NZ perspective on TVNZ on demand.

James does a lot, and it doesn’t stop there. He’s also an amazing public speaker and host. He has MCed an impressive range of events from Burlesque and Cabaret to the Labour Party National Conference! If you want this incredible talent at your next event, get in touch.






Wellington, New Zealand

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Comedy Host, Compere/MC, Judge, Keynote Speaker, Mimic & Impersonator, Panellist


Conservation / Environment, Film & Television, Food & Wine, Music, Stand up comedy, Theatre

Speaking Topics

Arts and Activism, Comedic Travel Stories, Mental Health, Multiculturalism

Event Highlights

202140 Years of Community Access Radio, NZ on Air - MC

Testimonials (4)

40 Years of Access Radio

NZ On Air and CAMA ( Community Access Media Alliance) had an important date to celebrate – 40 years of Access radio and the launch of a book… about 40 years of Access radio. The Minister of Broadcasting and Media Hon. Kris Faafoi was hosting the event at Parliament, a colourful group of people from access radio, government, media and community groups were invited – and we needed someone very special to make it all work. James Nokise was our choice because he had great connections into access radio, and frankly, he’s funny. James brought to our event a lovely warmth and appreciation for access radio that was genuine. We loved that he was able to just roll with it when people went off script. The feedback from many of our guests was that James was a fabulous choice of MC – and we agree. By the end of the night it felt like he was a friend for life, for everyone in the room.

Allanah Kalafatelis | Head of Communications

NZ On Air