Originally from Dannevirke, Wellington comic, Sarah Harpur, began her career in stand up in 2008. Tackling pressing social issues like cannibalism and cat abortion, she quickly made her mark on the local comedy scene.
Sarah is also a budding rock god who will delight meat eaters and vegans alike with her musical numbers, and occasionally time-travels between various dimensions, particularly, the year 4542.
Sarah has performed her unique style of comedy at the Adelaide, NZ, Dunedin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
In 2017, Sarah completed her Master’s in Scriptwriting from IIML at Victoria University. She is currently focusing on screenwriting and novels for children. Yes. That is correct. For impressionable children.
Warning: May contain Dead Dads
2018 (Nominee) ‘Best Comedy’ – Dunedin Fringe Festival
2017 David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize for Best Script
2015 Maurice Gee Prize in Children’s Writing
2011 ‘Best Comedy’- Dunedin Fringe Festival
2011 ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’ – LA Webfest
2011 AMP ‘Do Your Thing’ National Scholarship
2010 (Nominee) ‘Best Comedy’ and ‘Best Marketing’ – NZ Fringe Festival Awards
2010 (Nominee) ‘Best Newcomer’ – NZ International Comedy Festival Awards
2009 New Zealand RAW Comedy Quest winner
2009 ‘Best Newcomer’- NZ Comedy Guild Awards
“Harpur’s material is outstanding. It’s complex, funny, rich in great jokes but it also deepens deceptively. It’s the clarity that fools you, a bit like New Zealand rivers used to do. And it gets funnier as it gets deeper.”
– Michael Gilchrist – Theatreview
“Every joke hits the mark, she is in control and she knows it.”
– Maryanne Cathro – Theatreview
“an indomitable bundle of enthusiasm”
“Sarah Harpur brings an infectious, slightly clownish glee to her roles.”
-John Smythe – Theatreview
“a delinquent sunbeam” – Kate Blackhurst- Lumiere Reader
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