Author nominated for award: Lockdown Living author Laura Bruce up for New Zealand comedy award

Laura Bruce nominated for comedy award
Author Laura Bruce (pictured, without mask) is up for a NZ Comedy Guild newcomer award

Christchurch author Laura Bruce has been nominated for a comedy award. She is nominated for ‘South Island Newcomer’ in the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards 2020.

An aspiring Christchurch stand-up comedian who used her time in lockdown to write a book to help others has just been shortlisted for a New Zealand comedy award.

Laura Bruce has been nominated in the ‘South Island Newcomer’category for the 2020 New Zealand Comedy Guild awards. 

In March, Bruce was South Island Runner-Up in New Zealand’s biggest comedy competition,the Raw Comedy Quest.

Canadian export to New Zealand seized performing opportunities

Bruce is an ex-pat Canadian who emigrated to New Zealand in 2019. She has seized the opportunity in Christchurch to perform up to five times each week during the past year. “Having previously lived in a nearly “comedy-free” community in the north of Scotland, it’s a privilege to now live somewhere rich with opportunities to perform. That has really enabled me to develop as a stand-up.”

From businesswoman and columnist to aspiring stand-up

A late-comer to comedy, Laura spent more than two decades in corporate communications in Canada, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. An accomplished businesswoman, she wrote a regular column on business communications for Scottish magazine Executive. In 2016 she was named “Shining Star” by the Highland Business Women for her contributions to business and her community. These included mentoring other businesswomen. 

#CoronaCoffee: Daily Facebook Lives to keep spirits up

Since the pandemic emerged, Bruce has hosted a ‘Facebook Live’ broadcast every day since New Zealand went into lockdown March 26. Dubbed #CoronaCoffee, she has continuedthe broadcasts after lockdown ended in NZ, as a means to help friends and family around the world.

“We have been incredibly fortunate here in New Zealand to escape the worst of the pandemic. I really feel for people living elsewhere who are having to repeatedly isolate to avoid contagion.

“I decided to write ‘Lockdown Living’ in March, when I discovered two close friends in distant parts of the world were each very distressed at the prospect of being stuck at home in lockdown. The book is filled with ideas to help you keep positive while also using the time to develop some new talents – including stand-up comedy!” 

5-star reviews and heartfelt praise

“I’ve had wonderful feedback from readers around the world. Between the book, which offers practical tips to help you stay positive, and my daily #coronacoffee broadcasts, I hope my efforts have lightened the burden people are feeling as a consequence of the pandemic.”

Laura’s book, “Lockdown Living: 101 Ways to Stay Positive During the Pandemic” was published in April and is available in both paperback and e-book format from Amazon, and Apple books. Bruce is donating dollar from the sale of each book goes to women’s shelters in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Comedy Guild will announce this year’s winners in a ceremony December 8thin Auckland.