This interview in the NZ Screen History series looks at the work of the late William James Te Wehi Taitoko — better known by his stage name Billy T James. He started in the Maori Volcanics showband in the 70s with Prince Tui Teka, and became a a household name in the 1980s thanks to his sketch show, The Billy T James Show. He died of heart failure in 1991, but his legacy lives on in the form of the Billy T award for up-and-coming comedians. To look back on making The Billy T James Show, Jesse Mulligan speaks to Billy's former co-star and co-writer, Peter Rowley. He also chats with Māori comedian Jamaine Ross about how he frames his comedy about race in 2021.