Sometimes the title of a show is so good it can stand alone as a headline. The Naked Samoans Do Magic is definitely one of those.

A little context for those of you who don’t hail from New Zealand: The Naked Samoans are a comedy troupe made up of Polynesian entertainers that got their start on the stage back in 1998.  Their biting brand of social satire resonated with Kiwi audiences, eventually netting them a ground-breaking TV show – New Zealand’s first animated series aimed at adults – and a successful movie. 

At this year’s Auckland Art’s Festival, 20-years after their debut, the Naked Samoans are returning to the stage once again, this time with a magical twist.

In The Naked Samoans Do Magic, the Samoans inherit the keys to a rambling haunted house in the city of Ponsonby. The lads decide to sell it off to make a quick buck, but have to contend with the spirits that roam the halls of the house. The show features their usual brand of comedy and, in case you were wondering why the show was appearing on this site, stage magic.   

The troupe is being tutored in the deceptive arts by former magician and director of The Conch theater company, Nina Nawalowalo.

The Naked Samoans Do Magic will run from March 22nd to March 25th  at The Civic, Auckland. Tickets are on sale now and start at $29 Kiwi dollars plus a handling fee of $5.