Auckland-wide hunt for the city's 'funniest office' kicks off

Hunt on for Auckland's funniest office.
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Got a colleague who considers themselves a bit of a comedian? Are you and your workmates always insisting you should start a podcast?

Your opportunity for stardom may have finally arrived, as the search for Auckland's funniest office kicks off. 

Over the next two weeks, workplace teams across the city can rally their most hilarious co-workers to sign-up for a chance to take part in the Great NZ Office Comedy Clash, held by 2degrees.

Participating teams will receive four 90-minute coaching sessions at their place of work from experienced teachers and seasoned performers. They then will go head-to-head with other businesses in a series of heats before the grand finale in April. 

The comedy itself will be improv - working collaboratively to make up skits on the spot. The drama technique is used across shows like Whose Line is it Anyway and local comedy show Snort.

Wade Jackson, artistic director at Covert Theatre, says the competition has come at the perfect time.

"Improvised theatre is completely different to stand-up comedy as it relies heavily on connection and collaboration. We saw the impact that last year's events had on mental health and wellbeing, and now more than ever, people need fun and laughter in their lives, especially at work," says Wade.

"Improv improves creativity, confidence and fosters a resilient mindset - a perfect combination of skills as we move through 2021." 

Jackson says he's hoping to see a diversity of entries across many sectors and businesses. 

"One of the best things about this competition is that it brings together two classic Kiwi traits, our keen sense of humour and our love of a friendly competition."

Andrew Fairgray, Chief Business Officer at 2degrees says the competition is an opportunity for colleagues to "reconnect and build critical team and collaboration skills". 

"We, like many other businesses, have encouraged work flexibility over the last 12 months and will continue to do so, but there's something special about having your whole team working collaboratively in the office," he says.

"We've got plenty of good sports at 2degrees, so we'll definitely be taking part in the Great NZ Office Comedy Clash and we're calling on other businesses to take us on in the challenge." 

More information on the competition can be found on the official website.