Janaye Henry

Janaye Henry

Janaye Henry (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) has been making waves in the comedy scene since 2017 and most notably was a 2023 Billy T nominee.

Māori, NZ European
Age Range
22 - 32
154cm / 5ft 1in

Iwi: Ngāti Kahu Ki Whangaroa 

Te Reo Level: Conversational 

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Janaye was in an improv troupe in Wellington for numerous years and self defines as a clown by nature but a comedian by nurture.  She has completed three theatre in education tours in schools and is obsessed with using humour to talk about all kinds of kaupapa. She has written for The Spinoff, Have You Been Paying Attention and Ahikāroa. 

Her highlights include curating the first wāhine Māori line up comedy show and co-writing, co-directing and acting in the 2023 Basement Christmas Show, The Jingle Bellethon Telethon.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 My Favourite Dead Person Customs Officer (P. Cruise) dir: Jamaine Ross Comedy
2023 Guy Mont - Spelling Bee Comedian Kevin & Co Comedy
2023 Last Laughs Comedian NZ International Comedy Festival Comedy
2022 Have You Been Paying Attention Comedian TVNZ Drama
2023 Far North Sonya South Pacific Pictures Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023-2024 Snort Comedy Company Member Snort Productions
2023 Jingle Bellethon Telethon Dylan/Peter Cruise Basement Theatre Christmas Show, dir: Bea Gladding & Janaye Henry
2022 Litterally Obsessed Solo Show Solo Comedy Club
2023 Crush Season Solo Show Basement Theatre, dir: Bea Gladding
2022 Have You Been Paying Attention Contestant
2017-2022 Standup Comedy - Ongoing Various - Auckland & Wellington
2017-2022 Performer & MC - Ongoing Various - Auckland & Wellington
2021 Sexwise - Tour Scripted Shows & Workshops THETA
2019 Teatrino - Tour (Italy) Scripted Shows & Workshops Educo Theatre
2018 Duffy and the Cloakbay Bully - Tour Various Duffy Theatre
2018 Into the Attic Various Victoria University
2017 The First Time Circa Theatre
2017 Booktown Improv for kids Featherston Theatre
2016 Story Fest Improv for kids Porirua Library
2016 Christmas Stories Improv for kids Capital E
2016 Showtimes Improv for kids Capital E


Year Production Role Company / Director
2024 The Tertiary Education Commission NZ Presenter Corner Store
2023 FIFA Squad Member Content Creator - Member Instagram
2023 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Eighty-One Ltd
2023 Bluebird DDB Aotearoa
2023 How to Series Host Corner Store/Tertiary Education Commission, dir: Johnny Barker
2023 Census Campaign Content Creator - Instagram Stats NZ
2023 2 Cents 2 Much Host Hex Work Productions, dir: Bree Peters
2022 NZ Drug Foundation Herself Hayden Eastmond-Mein
2021 Try Rugby NZ Rugby
2021 Construction Internships BCITO
Ministry of Health: Meassles Vaccinations Content Creation - Influencer
Ministry of Health: Covid Messaging Content Creation - Influencer
Student Job Search Content Creation - Influencer
Spark Content Creation - Influencer
Ecosa Content Creation - Influencer
Student Radio Network Awards Content Creation - Influencer


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2023 Snort Member Snort Comedy Club
2022 Writer's Room Westpark Productions
2020 Diploma Te Tohu Paetahi Waikato University Tauranga
2017 Producer's Course VOLT, dir: Vanessa Immink
2017 Bachelor of Arts - Theatre & Criminology Victoria University Wellington
2010-2014 Sing & Teach Jan Beets


Intermediate: Te Reo Māori


Intermediate: New Zealand

Driving & Flying

Intermediate: Driving (general)

Singing Range

Alto | Soprano

Singing Styles

Intermediate: General