The Issues Podcast

Where we discuss the issues about us and not yous


The Issues is a podcast where New Zealand comedians Pax Assadi, James Roque and Jamaine Rosss laugh their way through their week's issues, alongside Jeremy Lawry on the knobs pressing buttons and working sound magic. It started in 2013 and has been going weekly (ish) every since.


Pax assadi

Pax is a comedian of half Pakistani, half Iranian descent.  In 2013 he performed his first solo show titled Pax's Magic Carpet Ride at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Billy T Award.

Since then Pax has gone on to appear on a number of New Zealand television shows. In 2013 he hosted an episode of TV Ones Neighbourhood and performed stand-up on Maori TV's Crack up. In 2015 he was a guest on TV Ones panel show Word Up, a panellist on TV3's panel show 7Days and a regular co-presenter on the critically acclaimed political satire show Brown Eye.

Find Pax on Twitter @PaxPaxyPaxPax and



James is a Filipino comedian, actor and writer. He made his solo debut in the 2013 New Zealand International Comedy Festival with his show James Roque is Chicken. In 2014 he performed his acclaimed show Roque to Self and in 2015 his follow up show Paper, Scissors, Roque

James’ local TV comedy credits include TV3's 7 Days, After Hours, AotearoHA: Driving Stories and AotearoHA: Next Big Things. James is also a writer and co-star on TV3's Jono and Ben.

Outside of comedy, James is also active in theatre. He is a co-founder of Pretty Asian Theatre, a company dedicated to showcasing more Asian-NZ stories onstage and and currently plays the lead role of Sidu in Indian Ink Theatre Company’s Kiss the Fish, which has toured New Zealand and USA.

Find James on Twitter @jamesroque and


Jamaine Ross is a born and bred Christchurchian who is becoming a well-known comedic face on New Zealand television as 'The brown guy with the beard and the hat'. He's a regular on TV3's '7 Days', has appeared on TV3's 'After Hours', featured on Maori TV's satirical comedy show, 'Brown Eye', and has made cameo appearances on TV3's 'Jono and Ben' and 'Funny Girls'.

His stand-up comedy achievements include winning the Raw Comedy Quest in 2012, opening for Tenacious D on their New Zealand tour in 2013, and being nominated for the prestigious Billy T Award in 2014. On top of all of that, he spends his days as a writer on TV3's 'Jono and Ben.

He's basically a super busy and talented dude who brings a whole lot to the table when he's on stage, where he can best be described as 'thoughtful and intelligent', 'likeable and laidback', but most importantly 'brilliantly funny'.

Find Jamaine on Twitter @jamaine_ross and on




Jeremy Lawry is a sound recordist, director and editor for TV (he once did sound on a film with Hugh Laurie in it!). He worked on Dancing With the Stars so make sure you don't talk smack about that show when he's around.