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Funnyman: Comedian Tim Muller

He’s an environmental boffin who discovered comedy by accident. Tim Muller tells Daisy Hudson how he’s trying to boost Queenstown’s comedy scene

Environmental scientist by day, comedian by night – and, according to the man himself, his pancake-making ability means he’s a triple threat.

Cromwell funnyman Tim Muller’s one of a group of local comedians leading the charge to boost the comedy community in Queenstown.

“It feels like it’s ripe for it, Queenstown being the kind of town it is, people have time, they want to have fun, and it fits in really nicely with that,” he says.

After starting out performing in Auckland, Muller, 32, and his family moved back to his hometown of Cromwell last year.

“There are touring acts that come through, and the odd festival, but as far as I know there’s never been a local comedy scene, certainly not recently.

“We’re just kind of trying to get that going.”

He says there are about 12 performers involved, who get together and brainstorm ideas and events.

That includes a monthly open mic night at Yonder, which has sold out both times it’s been held so far.

“I’ve never put less effort into promoting a comedy event,” he jokes.

“I think people are crying out for a bit more of this kind of thing in Queenstown, so it feels like we’re meeting a need, which is nice.”

They’re also keen to start running some shows with professional comedians alongside that.

Comedy was never something Muller had planned to try.

“The first time I did it, I couldn’t get to sleep one night and accidentally wrote a set, and thought ‘I may as well do something with this’,” he says.

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