Greg Ellis will be crooning his way into the hearts of Wellingtonians thanks to a $10,000 grant.
The Titahi Bay man has received a Creative Comedy Initiative grant, which is given to two comedy acts annually to help fund shows.
Ellis is using the grant to stage a cabaret show, Vance Fontaine in Command Performance, during the Comedy Festival.
The festival starts on April 27. Ellis' show runs from May 8 to 12 at Bats.
"Vance is the first Kiwi to make it big in Vegas and this is his life story," said Ellis.
"I'll be wearing a white sequinned suit and singing. It'll be worth paying the money for the show just to see that costume."
Although Ellis has performed a few solo shows, this will be his first full-length solo musical.
"The musicians are a fantastic bunch. I don't have to worry quite so much about everything because they are just so good."
Ellis is a member of theatre sports troupe The Improvisors, who will also be performing at the festival.
Their show, History Never Repeats, starting on May 1, will weave together tales from the past, present and future.
"Each scene will go way back in time and then forward, then back again. It will be a really cool challenge for us," said Ellis.
Other comedians performing at this year's comedy festival include Steve Wrigley, Ben Hurley, Raybon Kan, Guy Williams and Rhys Darby.
The comedy festival runs until May 20. See comedyfestival.co.nz
- The Wellingtonian