Debates & Festivals


Mike has several spoken word and stand-up comedy show options available for theatre festivals. The most recent is 'Open Season'.

Mike has toured up to 20 festivals a year and proven to be a crowd favourite.

Please get in touch if your festival is interested in booking a performance season and you will receive a promotional kit.

"Hilarious. Quick thinking and sharp witted comedy."

Jamie Burgess Theatre News

"This hour of stand-up comedy had the highest laughs-per- minute tally of anything I saw at this years Fringe."

Weekend Express

"Riotously funny."

The Edmonton Sun

"Delightful first-class comedy - spontaneously witty.  Not to take away from a highly entertaining show, I must say the final stunt totally cracked me up. Mike decided, as a closing night special, to herd us all outside, were he then proceeded to free-roll down the slight incline outside Circa, into the courtyard, where the person he came to a stop closest to won a free ice cream. Crazy? Yes, but oh so hilarious.  Polished, and professional stand-up comedy."

Reviewer: Holly Shanahan, Wellington Fringe, The Stand Up Show - Circa Studio

Mike will be touring again soon. Check out these great Fringe festivals:


In addition to his stand-up (Sit down) comedy - Mike is also in demand for debates around the country.

Mike's Debating Team

If you would like Mike to perform at your battle of wits please get in touch to check availability.

Mike at the Great Manukau Comedy Debate
Mike with his lovely assistant while hosting The Great Manukau Comedy Debate 2008. This event was staged during the first Manukau Festival of the Arts and produced by

"Mike Loder is an awesome talent and is the only person we've invited to the Speight's Great Comedy debate four times in a row making 8,000 plus people happy. For most men that's an achievement, for Mike it's just the job."

Rob McCann - Otago University Students' Association


"I have brought Mike in to perform at a Fundraising Comedy debate. He made a huge contribution to what was a most successful night ... sharp, incisive wit ... quick repartee ... brilliant timing ... suffice to say, he was the comic highlight of the night, even in the company of another 5 of NZ's top comedians. For a similar event in the future, we shall certainly be inviting Mike again."

Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre


"Last night more then 1600 people witnessed a debate of two halves. Mike Loder was easily the most entertaining."

Otago Daily Times

At a recent debate two pure white pigeons flew to Mike’s feet as soon as he began speaking. True story.


Please ...
What more can be said ...

Mike Hands Out