Award-winning New Zealand comedian Nic Sampson presents his epic new stand up show about one of the dumbest sporting events of all time.
On a blistering hot afternoon in August 1904, thirty two athletes representing four nations entered the third Olympic Marathon in St. Louis. Only fourteen finished.
What happened in between was a perfect storm of rank incompetence, unforgivable stupidity, brazen cheating, wild dogs, and rat poison.
This is a true story.
- As seen on The Brokenwood Mysteries, Power Rangers, Steen Raskopoulos Improvises With Friends
- Winner, Best Newcomer - NZ International Comedy Festival 2014
- Nominee, Best Show - NZ International Comedy Festival 2016
“Sampson is at the peak of his game... a beautiful gem of comedic goodness.” - Three
"Possibly nothing in this year's comedy festival will make you laugh harder." - New Zealand Herald
"This is a world class hour from one of the country's best performers. It's essential." - Stuff
Nic Sampson is a comedian, actor, and writer from New Zealand, currently living in London.
As an actor Nic played the Yellow Power Ranger in Disney's Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006) and has also appeared in Go Girls, Step Dave, Auckland Daze, and Flat3.
Nic plays ‘Detective Constable Sam Breen’ in NZ murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries (UKTV Drama, Prime).
Nic was a core writer and performer on NZ sketch series Funny Girls, staring Rose Matafeo, Laura Daniel, and Jackie Van Beek, and he worked as head writer for weekly topical comedy show Jono and Ben.
Nic helped co-create New Zealand sitcom Golden Boy, which has been picked up for a second series.
Nic is part of Auckland improv collective Snort who have been selling out weekly shows at Basement Theatre since 2013.
Winner - Best Newcomer Award 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival
Nominee - Billy T Award 2015 New Zealand International Comedy Festival
Nominee - Best New Zealand Show (Fred Award) 2016 NZICFBook Now
Praise for previous work
“Sampson is at the peak of his game... a beautiful gem of comedic goodness.” - Three (NZ)
"Possibly nothing in this year's comedy festival will make you laugh harder." - New Zealand Herald (NZ)
"This is a world class hour from one of the country's best performers. It's essential." - Stuff (NZ)
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