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Jesse Mulligan - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

Jesse Mulligan was studying law in Hamilton when his career in comedy kicked off at a stand-up comedy contest. The Project host talks in this Funny As interview about working in radio and television, plus other topics, including:

  • How he "crashed and burned" at the 1995 University Comedy Competition, where Jemaine ClementBret McKenzie and Taika Waititi also performed
  • Getting his break in radio on The Edge in Hamilton — "I learned the lesson that would help me throughout my career, which is that if you're funny, you'll be useful in most organisations"
  • The difference between comedy audiences in Auckland and the capital — "Wellington was a more generous audience"
  • Honing his comedy writing for Jono and Ben and 7 Days
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy. All audiovisual content is copyright to Augusto, and may not be reproduced. Publication of Funny As extended interviews made possible with funding from the NZ Lotteries Grants Board.