Simon McKinney


Comedian, MC, Entertainer, Host

Simon McKinney is New Zealand's #1 stand up character impressionist and a much sought-after MC for both live and corporate performances.

He has traveled the world, performed at Edinburgh Festivals, all across the UK, as well as in the USA, and around the Pacific, Asia, and even Antarctica and for the troops in Afghanistan.

Simon has made multiple appearances at both NZ and international comedy festivals, on television and radio, and has released a one-hour solo stand-up special on iTunes.

Having opened for big names including Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan, USA's Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway), and the UK's Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras), his international accents and delivery connect him with his audience and give him true global appeal.




Auckland, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Comedy Host, Compere/MC, Debator, Field Presenter, Improvisor, Judge, Live Performance Host, MC / Stage compere, Mimic & Impersonator, Panellist, Radio Host, Reality/Entertainment Host, Speech Writer, Television


Adventure, Advertising, Author, Broadcasting, Conservation / Environment, Current Affairs, Film & Television, Food & Wine, Health & Lifestyle, Intrepid Travel, Music, Politics, Psychology, Race Relations, Research, Satire, Sport, Stand up comedy, Travel

Speaking Topics

International relations (no politics or religion), Human behaviour, Celebrity headlines, Accents

Testimonials (11)

Forest Industry Contractors Conference Breakfast N

Coming in as breakfast speaker can be daunting especially to a room of forestry loggers but Simon read the crowd well and had grown men crying for the full 45 mins of his performance.

Nothing like a bit of laughter to take the edge of conference formalities and to start the day as it is meant to end. The topics he picked resonated well with both the females and males in the room and a good decoy to come dressed in a suit that early in the morning, someone mentioned they could not have guessed what was going to come out did!

Nice to catch up with him again.

Cheers. - Prue Younger, Director Public Impressions Ltd