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Ruby Esther Does Her Besther (New Zealand)

Ruby Esther Does Her Besther (NZ)

Ruby Esther Does Her Besther brings exactly what the title says. Obviously. An hour of her strongest stand-up, songs and whatever else she feels like putting in, this show is a clear showcase of the quietly confident comedy powerhouse Ruby has become in just a few short years. 

Though not one to brag, Ruby Esther burst onto the scene when she won the 2017 New Zealand Iinternational Comedy Festival's Raw Competition and went on to win the 2018 New Zealand Iinternational Comedy Festival's Best Debut. Not showing any signs of slowing down in her success, Ruby has quickly become a regular writer for and guest on The Project NZ, 7 Days and Comedian's Giving Lectures. With wide formal recognition of both her live stand-up and written work, this comic irritatingly has it all.

'I can already see her making huge waves in the comedy industry.' The Spinoff (NZ)

'Her content is intelligently crafted and confidently delivered.' Theatreview (NZ)

'Her songwriting is as sharp as her comedy.' NZ Herald 

Suitable for audiences 15+

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