He’s one of New Zealand’s most exciting rising comedians and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer has fond memories of his childhood spent in Wellington. Now living in Auckland and currently an East Auckland local, the sharp-witted, good-looking jokester is taking centre stage at The Basement for what promises to be a rollicking good show as part of the 2015 International NZ Comedy Festival. We caught up with the funny man to find out what he loves to do locally…

1) What's a favourite place you used to visit as a child that still holds special memories? Queen Elizabeth Park in Paraparaumu. We used to go there for family bbq’s quite often when we were little. Probably the best memories I have of growing up in Wellington.

2) Where do you like to go in Auckland? I like the Classic Comedy Bar because it’s like a second home to comedians. I also like Piha, Clevedon Markets and Silo Park.

3) What places to do you like to drink, eat and play and why? In Wellington, I like Chow, Sweet Mother's Kitchen and El Matador. Awesome food and good atmosphere. All are walking distance from each other.

4) What are some of the specific dishes you like to order and why? The parillada from El Matador is awesome. It’s an Argentinian restaurant and as close as you’ll get to being there in NZ. The pulled pork po boys from Sweet Mother’s Kitchen are pretty good too.

5) What do you love most about your local area that you live in? I am in Howick at the moment. I like having the ocean and the farms just down the road. You feel like you’re miles away.

6) What's your insider tip for visitors? Do heaps of road trips. It’s not a big country but there’s so much to see.

7)  If there was one comment you'd like to make about living in NZ what would it be? People don’t realise how lucky we are to live here.

8) What does loving local mean to you? Going to the same place that you would have gone to 10, 20 years ago and always enjoying yourself. Having that sentimental appreciation of things. 

 Cori Gonzalez-Macuer performs WHITE BACKGROUND CONFUSED FACE at The Basement in Auckland Wed 13 - Sat 16 May as part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival. Visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz for more info.