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Mike King - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

At one point Mike King was so famous, he appeared on three TV channels on the same night. In this straight-talking Funny As interview, King talks beginnings, celebrity, addiction, and practice makes perfect...including:

  • "Day one of my comedy career" at age eight — "probably day one of my downfall"
  • Cooking for Billy T James, and admiring how Billy T was naughty, but "never crossed the line"
  • The clever talking that led to his very first live performance — "the highest I've ever been in comedy"
  • Adopting a bad boy, leather-jacketed persona after his television debut on A Bit After Ten
  • The "down and dirty" era while hosting TV show Pulp Comedy, and regretting "hurtful" comedy material
  • Becoming one of New Zealand's highest earning comics, and realising he still hated himself

For more of Mike King, check out this Funny As interview with King and fellow comedian Andrew Clark.

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.