Russell Howard is set to be the first comedian from the Northern Hemisphere to be allowed to perform in New Zealand since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The comic, 40, will be able to go ahead with the New Zealand dates on his stand-up tour in January after being granted special permission by their government.
Russell will be bringing his show Respite to New Zealand following a sold-out UK arena run, and he can’t wait to perform for audiences again.
He said: ‘I’m very excited to announce that in January I’ll be back on stage in New Zealand.
‘Their government has allowed me in to perform, following two weeks of quarantining.
‘My Australia dates have been rescheduled to July but I can’t wait to get there.’
The New Zealand premiere of Respite will begin on January 22, 2021 in Wellington and will be followed by performances in Auckland and Christchurch.
It comes after the huge global success of his Netflix special, Recalibrate, which had over 400 million views worldwide on social media.
Russell’s Australian dates have had to be pushed back to July and August due to ongoing border restrictions in the country thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, with existing tickets being valid for the rescheduled show or a refund if fans can not make the new dates.
New Zealand, which is led by Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, has been lauded as one of the best at dealing with the pandemic.
The country has seen just 25 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, with only 2,100 cases overall.
There were only four new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, all of which are in ‘managed isolation’ to prevent the spread of the virus among the community.
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