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In April 1990, Billy Taitoko James came back from years of ill health, and made a triumphant return to performing his unique brand of music and comedy. It was a last hurrah for James, whose transplanted heart gave out on him the following year, but it's a worthy swansong. His unique brand of humour is captured here at its affable, non-PC, best, with Billy T giving everything he's got - every gag is rounded off with his trademark 'bro' laugh - for a loudly appreciative audience. Guests include Sir Howard Morrison. 


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 Malcolm Hall
 Bill Harman
 Howard Morrison

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I have just watched the whole show on Comedy Channel and I still love it. Have all the TV shows on video and if you need a good laugh, just watch him. There is and always will only only be ONE Billy T James.



Bloody excellent. Haven't seen this since I was about 7 years old. I look forward to seeing the movie too.



Its now 2011, and nothings changed!!

 Roger Masters

Roger Masters

There must be so much more footage of Billy T in the TVNZ Archive - can't we see more. Would love to see tje 'Jewel of the Pacific' sketch.

 Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

What a legend, RIP Bill T

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