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Rima Te Wiata - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

Rima Te Wiata has impersonated Judy Bailey, sung ridiculous birthday songs in a hit Taika Waititi movie, and done her share of dramatic acting too. In this Funny As interview she talks about everything but the drama, including:

  • Getting comedy inspiration from her parents, actor Beryl Te Wiata and opera singer/actor Inia Te Wiata 
  • Being asked to appear in photos with people who have no idea who she is
  • Her concerns that comedy is going through an overly brutal stage
  • The kindness of hit movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople — and how she came up with the beloved Ricky Baker song
  • Her short, intense, and memorable stint acting in film The Breaker Upperers
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.