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Mika - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

Mika (aka Neil Gudsell) has had a diverse career from aerobics champion and actor, to dancer and singer. In this extended Funny As interview, he talks about being an openly gay performer and more, including:

  • Using humour, being confrontational, and dressing outrageously in order to be heard in the 1980s 
  • Playing a straight policeman on hit TV drama Shark in the Park, before releasing song 'I Have Loved Me a Man'
  • The positive influence Dalvanius Prime had on his career 
  • Writing his own shows "out of pure frustration that no one else could write for gay Māori back in the 80s"
  • Recalling stories about drag queen Carmen, including her 1977 campaign to become mayor of Wellington
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.