Simon McKinney is New Zealand's #1 stand up character impressionist and a much sought-after MC for both live and corporate performances.
He has travelled the world, performed at Edinburgh Festivals, all across the UK, in the USA, around the Pacific, Asia, Antarctica, and even for the troops in Afghanistan.
Simon has made multiple appearances at both NZ and international comedy festivals, on television and radio, and has released a one-hour solo stand-up special on iTunes.
His video conferencing performances at meetings during lockdown on Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft teams have proven extremely popular - helping attendance, lifting spirits, and providing a unique and engaging new experience for all involved.
Having opened for many big names including Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan, USA's Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway), and the UK's Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras), his international accents and delivery connect him with his audience and give him true global appeal.
"Simon was outstanding as the MC for our conference. He really picked up on the mood of the audience and kept the banter throughout the day amusing and fun, which was exactly according to the brief. He wowed doing a comedy routine later in the day and was a very engaged MC, who made a point of researching his speakers and preparing well. I would highly recommend him both as an MC and a performer. He made me laugh from dawn to dusk but was always extremely professional at the same time! Simon is an absolute pleasure to work alongside."
REINZ- Real Estate Institute New Zealand
One of the difficulties in running a conference with such a broad spectrum of attendees is finding entertainment that suits both younger and older individuals - we nailed it with Simon McKinney. He was appropriate and relevant and had almost the entire audience in tears. My only issue was that for the remainder of our event I had wannabe comedians coming out of the brickwork and I laughed at anyone with an accent
Brick and Blocklayers Federation of New Zealand - BBFNZ
Simon McKinney was an absolutely fantastic speaker who really set the tone for the evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his performance, we were all in fits of laughter - some of us even crying! Comments made throughout the night that he was a “stroke of genius”, and “Book him again for next year”, and “I could have listened to him all night!”. Simon is very professional, very skillful and flawless in his delivery. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an MC! He even did a fantastic job hosting our charity auction. Can’t sing enough praise for Simon - absolutely brilliant!
Craigmore Farming Services Ltd
Humans need some lightness and laughter in life, and lockdown has been short on this, so we invited Simon McKinney to join our video online meeting to bring a new dynamic and relief from groundhog day. For a comedian this must have been his worst nightmare with little feedback on video but people wiped tears of laughter from their eyes throughout. He was brilliant, funny, appropriate and engaged the whole team. I could not recommend him more.
Paul Smith, Managing Director, MSD
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