Simon McKinney MC/Entertainer Profile


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.






Dunedin, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Comedy Host, Compere/MC, Debator, Judge, Live Performance Host, Mimic & Impersonator, Panellist, Speech Writer


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

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

Event Highlights

2022Forest Industry Contractors Conference 2022, Forestry Industry Contractors Association - Speaker

Testimonials (13)

Fencing Contractors NZ Conference Dinner 2022

Simon had the unenviable task of entertaining a room full of salt-of-the-earth tradies at the end of a three-day conference - and he did a fantastic job! He read the room really well and kept almost everyone laughing for a solid 90 minutes. The feedback has been fantastic, and I am not sure how we will top that next year!

Jaime Bigwood | Marketing & Events Manager