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Roger Hall - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

Roger Hall began his take over of the Kiwi stage in 1977 with Glide Time. Later the play inspired Gliding On, the first local sitcom to become a major hit. In this extended Funny As interview, Hall talks comedy, theatre, TV and more...including:

  • How comedy Glide Time worked because Kiwi audiences hadn't been shown "their world onstage before"
  • Being told he wouldn't be asked over for dinner again after writing Middle Age Spread
  • The "great feeling" of sitting in an audience, and knowing that a big laugh is about to happen
  • His belief that some of the funniest comedians "are those who never laugh at themselves" — and getting annoyed by performers who laugh at their own material
  • How political correctness is "terrifying" for the arts
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.