Simon McKinney MC/Entertainer Profile


Comedic Genius & Proficient Showman

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 & Advocacy, 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

2023Nover Group Event, C&I Travel - Entertainer
2022Forest Industry Contractors Conference 2022, Forestry Industry Contractors Association - Speaker

Testimonials (4)

Samantha Milligan | Account Manager

Simon is an extraordinary comedian who knows how to bring laughter to any audience. His wit is razor sharp and his humour is incredibly relatable. Simon’s ability to read the room and interact with the finale dinner group we had from Australia, was impeccable and his delivery flawless, which helped when dealing with a room that otherwise may have not liked the Aussie accent he was imitating. However, the high kiwi lady accent had them in stitches. Brilliant.

Beyond his exceptional talent on stage, Simon was a true professional to work with. He is friendly, approachable and was always ready to help out to make sure everyone had a fantastic time. He is the real deal, and I can’t recommend him enough.

Nover Group Event

C&I Travel