Des and Les

Des and Les can now be heard on 'The Dawn Parade' on NZ RadioLive 100.6fm, website: from Sunday midnight till 6am Sunday morning(NZ timezone)(go to the Home page to see the current time in Auckland, Nz). The show is being streamed online. Bruce said, "I would absolutely love to hear from anyone overseas on our show. We get people to call up and sing songs etc. as well as doing the talk back. The number they would have to call is 0064 9 361 2048. There is free phone number but it is only in NZ."


Des & Les have existed for 16 years. (Thus we are probably NZ's longest running comedy duo, so we must be doing something right.)

The first 8 of those years, Des and Les were actually known as "The Golden Holdens".

Des and Les are in fact not Des & Les but:

Alan Reid father of one, ex-professional tennis coach, youth worker, property developer, business entrepreneur and operations manager at Youthtown in downtown Auckland.

Bruce Hopkins father of three, ex-fisherman, Limbs Dance Co. dancer, Mercury Theatre actor, currently a freelance actor (credits include "Gamling" in Lord of the Rings, Savage Honeymoon, Jubilee, Spin Doctors, Lawless 1, 2 & 3, Mercy Peak etc), voice artist and professional emcee.

Having been friends from the age of 14, Des & Les were urged by others to take their brand of interactive humour beyond the living room of Bruce's apartment and out into the world. Thus, Des and Les were born.
They now have 16 years experience as each half of the duo that is them. D & L (as they are known to their mates), have performed at a huge varity of events and locations in both New Zealand and Australia.

Examples of Des & Les' work are:

Their "top rating" nationally broadcast, Sunday evening talkback radio show on Newstalk ZB, from 9pm to midnight, "The Sunday Roast with Des and Les".

Providing corporate and conference entertainment (30 to 40 minute comedy set) for companies such as:
Telecom, Vodafone, Scott Panel Ltd, CompleteNZ, Society of Corporate Treasures, Stihl Ltd, Woolworths, Line 7, CPO Post Productions etc.
MCing corporate / private functions and public events such as:
The World Dairy Summit Dinner 2001, The NetGuide Web Awards 2000, the DINZ Design Awards 2001, Northland Sports Awards, Prudential Assurance Conference and many others.

Product launches for Holden and various travel industry companies.

Audience warm up for a number of studio based television productions:
Blind Date, Animal Antics for 3 years.

And ground announcing at Eden Park sports stadium for the inaugural Super 12 rugby series.

Various charity events.

The list goes on and on and on and on and on and......



Here is a letter from one of our clients:

27 November 2002

To whom it may concern

I would like to highly recommend Des and Les for your next corporate function/conference/team building experience.

From our first point of contact with them through to their appearance I found them both professional and genuinely interested in tailoring their act around our company's specific industry and requirements.

Prior to the day of our conference they walked around the office and got a feel for how we operate and what we do. This certainly came across in their act.

Trying to find entertainment that suits all is extremely difficult, however Des and Les made this a breeze.

When the team were asked afterwards what they enjoyed about our conference at Huka Village there was an unanaimous Des and Les. There are still emails and greetings going around now that start with their cry "Gidday, Gidday, Gidday".

We are at present looking at how we can incorporate Des and Les's act into our next conference.

Kind regards,

Paula Murray
Customer Support Manager