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Dai Henwood (born 7 February 1978) is a New Zealand comedian. He is best known for his hosting of several television shows found on Three but also performs stand-up comedy.

Dai Henwood
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Born (1978-02-07) 7 February 1978 (age 41)
Wellington, New Zealand[1]
Years active1999 – present
SpouseJoanna Kelly
Parent(s)Ray Henwood
Relative(s)Dick Jones (great-grandfather)

Life and careerEdit

Henwood was born in 1978 to father Ray and mother Judge Carolyn Henwood. Henwood has stated his great-grandfather was Welsh international rugby player, Dick Jones.[2] Henwood studied Theatre and Film at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a BA in eastern religions,[3] before winning 'Best New Face' on TV2's Pulp Comedy in 1999, the Billy T Award in 2002 and the Fred Award in 2007.

In 2004 and 2005, Henwood toured the shows The Hot Stepper and Champagne Table Tennis, and performed at the Tokyo Comedy Store and in Melbourne and around Britain. He has subsequently performed seasons in both Auckland and Wellington during the New Zealand International Comedy Festival including "Dai-Namic Scenarios" (2007 & 2008), "Shabba" (2009), "Dai Another Day" (2009), "Ideals vs. Reality" (2010), "Fonzie Touched Me" (2011) and "Adapt Or Dai" (2013). In 2008 he was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and recorded for a televised Gala special.

Henwood spent a period on TV3's Sunrise morning show, as the gadget guy, giving humorous reviews of the latest gadgets. He subsequently rose to prominence after featuring on television station C4 hosting "Insert Video Here", then went on to host two series of a comedy travel show "Roll The Dai" on the same network.

Since August 2009 Henwood has been captain of "Team Two" on TV3's weekly panel comedy show "7 Days", filming over 150 episodes in that time.

Henwood has recorded two DVDs titled Dai Another Day, released by EMI in late 2009 and "Adapt or Dai" released by Universal Music in 2013.

In 2016 he was presented with the Rielly Comedy Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.[4]

Henwood now lives in Avondale, Auckland with his wife, son, and baby daughter.



Title Year Role Notes
Derby Dogs 2012 Mr. Lumsden
A Kiwi Legend 2013 Himself Short film


Title Year Role Notes
The Tribe 1999 Boy / Youth No.1 2 episodes
Xena: Warrior Princess 2001 Siki Episode: "Old Ares Had a Farm"
Revelations – The Initial Journey 2003 Carlos Episode: "David and Mr. G"
Insert Video Here 2007 Host Joshua Paul
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2007–09 Host
Roll the Dai 2007–08 Host
Jono's New Show 2008 Himself
Dai's Protege 2009 Host
7 Days 2009–present Team 1 Leader / Team 2 Leader
Stand Up 2010 Documentary
The Jono Project 2010 Himself
7 Days of Sport 2015 Forwards Leader / Team Member
Family Feud 2016–17 Host
The Moe Show 2017 Himself 2 episodes
The Project 2017 Backup Host
Dancing with the Stars 2018 Host

Awards and nominationsEdit


Year Award Result
1998 Dynamic Innovative Video Awards Winner
1998 Best New Face Award Winner
2002 Billy T James Comedy Award Winner
2004 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Winner - Best Male Comedian
2005 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Winner - Best Male Comedian
2006 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Winner - Best Television Performance
2006 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Best MC
2007 TV Guide Best On The Box Awards Nomination Winner - Funniest Person On Television
2007 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Nomination The Kevin Smith Memorial Cup for Best Artist Achievement
2007 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Nomination Best New Zealand On Screen Comedy Performance
2007 The New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards Nomination Best Male Comedian
2007 Cleo Music Awards Best Music TV Presenter
2007 Best New Zealand Comedian The Fred Award

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dai Henwood Biography". Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  2. ^ "'The Times Interview - Dai Henwood, Explain Yourself to PJ Taylor'". Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ Nippert, Matt (5–11 May 2007). "Upfront: Dai Henwood". New Zealand Listener. 208 (3495). Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc, 2016 Awards".
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