• hearts vs bones

    An improv comedy battle of hilarious proportions

  • Brace yourself for an epic improv faceoff. The Hearts stand valiant in one corner. The Bones hunger for glory in the other. You, the audience, decide the champion. But hey, the points are made up and everyone’s having a great time!

    The Big HOO-HAA! is a competitive improv comedy show founded in Perth in 2002. The Big HOO-HAA! then arrived in Melbourne in July 2010 where it quickly became the go-to for audiences seeking a riotous alternative to traditional comedy nights. Both cities' shows have run almost continuously since, delivering gleeful audiences and glowing reviews:


    "The Big HOO-HAA! is a laugh riot that has the audience roaring so loudly they almost can't catch their breath...

    the very best of Monty Python's Flying Circus and Whose Line Is It Anyway" - The West Australian
    "Improvised comedy at its absolute funniest." - Time Out
    "Impossible not to have a good time." - Herald Sun


    Locomotive is thrilled to be hosting its first international iteration with The Big HOO-HAA! Pōneke, and to be stepping into the very big shoes worn by our Australian improv colleagues. Of course, Locomotive is no stranger to long-running shows garnering glowing praise, with Late Night Knife Fight running since 2016 and One Act/Play since 2020.


    The Big HOO-HAA! Pōneke features a rotating cast of Pōneke's most beloved improv stars, and is directed by festival and improv veteran Jennifer O'Sullivan (Spirit of the Fringe 2014, Tastiest Show 2016, and various other nominations). Our debut season at Fringe 2023 was proudly supported by Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme via Wellington City Council.