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Jim Hopkins - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

The multi-talented Jim Hopkins started as a serious debater, but inspired by a more comedic style of debating, brought it to New Zealand shores. In this Funny As interview Hopkins trains his wit on a variety of topics, including:

  • Wanting to study architecture and aviation, but not doing well enough in either maths or physics to measure up
  • Discovering the comedic style of debating associated with the Oxford Union, while in Australia for a university debating competition
  • Bringing this lighter style of debating back to New Zealand, filling halls and eventually bringing it to television 
  • The time a group of nuns and their pupils left mid-debate, disgruntled with the "physical and licentious" topic
  • Comedy as a way of dealing with fear
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.