Dai Henwood hosting Cancer Society comedy fundraiser as he continues own cancer fight

Comedian Dai Henwood will host a live-to-air comedy show to help raise money for the Cancer Society as he continues facing his own journey with cancer.

Henwood, who revealed he has stage 4 bowel cancer in January, announced on The Project on Monday that alongside hosting The Comedy Treatment, he's also the ANZ ambassador for the 2023 Cancer Society Daffodil Day appeal.

The live stand-up show will include guests such as Justine Smith, Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson, and Melanie Bracewell.

Henwood told The Project that through the Cancer Society, he and his family were able to access counselling.

"It's actually a privilege for me to be able to give back and by helping, it helps myself in a way," he said.

"We're raising awareness, getting money for the Cancer Society, plus this is going to be a unique comedy show."

Dai Henwood.
Dai Henwood. Photo credit: The Project

The comedian was diagnosed in 2020 and has undergone many rounds of chemotherapy since. He has one more round in this session before he has a few months off.

"My time frames are very small, so when I feel good, I feel good and I love life. I find bringing a smile and doing things like this, getting on board with ANZ, helping the Cancer Society, that makes me feel invigorated," Henwood said.

He also regularly posts videos to TikTok where he shares his cancer journey and answers many users' questions.

"Normally I just talk rubbish and people reaching out to me and going, 'You actually helped with this tip', … It's amazing how giving back can actually give to yourself," he said.

ANZ presents The Comedy Treatment, a show of support for the Cancer Society, will be held at Q Theatre in Auckland on August 24 with all profits from ticket sales donated to the Cancer Society. Tickets are on sale here and the show will also be aired live on Three and ThreeNow at 8:30pm on August 24.

Watch the video above.