AKL Tom Sainsbury

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First photo credit: Andi Crown; 2nd and 3rd: Lee Mou; 4th and 5th: Peter Huang


2016 Waru, 'Jason'
Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Limited, dir. various
2016 Pork Pie 'Bongo'
Four Knights, Dir. Matt Murphy


2015 Jono & Ben, 'Sorry Parody Sketch Dancer'
MediaWorks TV
2013 Super City II, 'Brendon'
Super Fumes Ltd, Dir. Oscar Kightley
2013 Shortland Street, 'Simon Sweeny'
South Pacific Pictures, Various directors

2010 Super City, 'Rain'
Super Fumes Ltd, Dir. Taika Waititi
2007 Shortland Street, 'Dwayne'
South Pacific Pictures, Dir. Angela Bloomfield


2015 Snap, Crackle, Pop, 'Various'
Basement Theatre / NZ International Comedy Festival
2015 Terror Highway, 'Ensemble'
Montecristo Room / NZ Comedy Festival, Choreography / Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Tom Sainsbury
2014 Purple Rainbow, 'Ensemble'
Basement Theatre / Dynamotion, Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Thomas Sainsbury
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
2013 YETI Trilogy, 'Tom'
BATS / Basement Theatre, Dir. Sophie Roberts
2013 Speakeasy 3, 'Various'
Basement Theatre
2013 Janeece Gunton: Herstory, 'Travis'
Basement Theatre
2013 Terror Planet, 'Ensemble'
Basement Theatre, Choreography / Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Tom Sainsbury
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
Basement Theatre (return season)
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
Basement Theatre / Auckland Fringe Festival
2012 Dinner with the Devil, 'Pandu / Tezuko / Reba / Mohammed'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Renee Lyons
2012 Speakeasy, 'Bradley / Trayson / Various'
Basement Theatre
2012 Yeti is Dead / I am Tom, 'Tom'
NZ International Comedy Festival
2011 Crims, 'Louis / Shop Owner / Dad'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Abigail Greenwood
2011 Six Sides, 'Thomas'
Herald Theatre / Short+Sweet Auckland, Dir. Aidee Walker
2011 Dan Is Dead / I Am A Yeti, 'Tom'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Sophie Roberts
2011 Joseph & Mahina, 'Joseph / Various'
Basement Theatre / BATS, Dir. Hera Dunleavy

2010 Dance Troupe Supreme, 'Sean James'
Maidment Theatre, Dir. Thomas Sainsbury
2010 Idiots 2: Back to School, 'Mr Stevens'
Te Karanga Gallery, Dir. Ash Jones
2010 Stranger Things 2, 'Tom'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Lara Fischel-Chisholm


2011 Plimpton, 'Matt Plimpton' (lead)
Fleet St. Productions, Dir. Andrew Hedley
2011 Jeffery, 'Steven'
Fleet St. Productions, Dir. Paul Scantlebury


2011 Best Cross Gender Acting of the Year nomination for 'Joseph & Mahina'
Hackman Theatre Awards

2011 Outstanding NZ Play of the Year nomination for 'Joseph & Mahina'
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards


2016 McDonalds
NZ, 3 months
2013 McDonalds
NZ, 3 months
2007 Moisen Dry


---- Audition Techniques
with Terri de'Ath



Tom is an Actor/MC/Comedian/Influencer/Creator and Host - and so much more!

Active in the industry for many years, he exploded onto the mainstream media stage in 2017 after using Snapchat and short form video content to satirise New Zealand politicians during the 2017 election. He continues to work extensively in this area, parodying New Zealanders from all walks of life in short clips released almost daily on Instagram and Facebook.

Tom was a named 'Herald Entertainer of the year' 2020. This came after years of creating comedic social media content, writing the comedy book New Zealanders: A Field Guide and starring in local TV shows Wellington Paranormal and The Educators.

In 2023 he won the Variety Artists Comedy Award for his outstanding contribution to NZ comedy.

Tom is also very active in the local Film and Television space, appearing in many local hits including series 'Shortland Street' & 'Wellington Paranormal', and feature films 'Guns Akimbo', & 'The Breaker Upperers’.

He recently released his first feature length film ‘Loop Track’ which is a horror set in the New Zealand bush. Tom wrote, directed and starred in Loop Track, again demonstrating how well rounded he is.

Past clients include:
Vodafone Music Awards, TVNZ, Rainbow Youth, Auckland Council.


"Tom was a great add on to our gala event. He had the crowd laughing throughout the evening with his very relatable local humour. Would definitely recommend."
Mel Tukapua, MTA, 2022
"Tom was a magnificent MC for our event. He really captured the tone of the evening, made the teams feel special and kept us all laughing. We appreciated his professional approach - he prepared well and was really just a total pleasure to work with."
Ruth Korver, Vista 48 hour Grand Final, 2022
"Tom was great. Very funny and well received. An absolutely lovely guy. Many selfies with him were taken by attendees!"
Josie, Acting Secretary, Canterbury Faculty, RNZCGP, 2022
"We were really happy with how things went on Friday. Tom was an excellent MC, and his humorous and irreverent style really reflected the ‘fresh’ and ‘unexpected’ brand of our museum. Tom was also a real pleasure to have on board – he came fully prepared and knowing the script, he communicated beautifully with the other performers to work out small moments of interaction, and I just generally felt relaxed knowing that the gig was in really safe hands."
Isobel MacKinnon, The Dowse Art Museum 50th Birthday, Hutt City, 2021
"Tom Sainsbury was the Host for our 2020 IAB New Zealand Digital Advertising Awards held on Thursday 12 November at The Wharf. It was an opportunity for over 250 people in the digital advertising industry from advertising agencies, brands, publishers, tech companies and other key stakeholders to get together and not only celebrate Award finalists and winners, but generally network after what has been a difficult year. Digital advertising revenue commands a 45.4% share of total advertising industry revenue in New Zealand, so this event enjoys an increasingly higher profile in the industry each year, and it’s important to us that our host reflects this. Tom hosted the event seamlessly, injecting his own style of humour, which the audience loved. It was a noisy crowd, as everyone was enjoying the opportunity to get together after quite some time, however Tom managed to hold the audience and deliver the Awards show brilliantly, ensuring that the winners received the acknowledgment they deserved. It was a privilege to have him hosting the show."
Gill Stewart, CEO, IAB New Zealand, 2020
"Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with for our awards gala dinner at PINZ 2020. His professional, humorous approach was a real hit with our audience. I would absolutely recommend Tom as an MC for any event."
Nikki Wright, PINZ, 2020


  • Actor
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Comedian
  • Director
  • Entertainer
  • Host
  • Improvisor
  • Live Performance Host
  • MC
  • Satirist
  • Writer


  • Aerobics
  • Comedian (Stand-Up)
  • Cross Country Running
  • Dancer
  • Contemporary Dancer
  • Hip Hop Dancer
  • Director
  • Full Licence
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Theatre Sports
  • Writer
  • Yoga