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Burton Silver - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

Burton Silver has created comic strips about dope-smoking hedgehogs and books about artistic cats. He also operated some remote-controlled canines on Country Calendar. In this Funny As interview, he mentions many things, including: 

  • How his Listener comic strip Bogor began from the idea of the fantasies people spin when they're alone — and why the hedgehog character was allowed to get stoned
  • Creating ridiculous hoaxes for TV's Country Calendar
  • How "if you're serious about being stupid, then it's funny"
  • His joy in getting the "New Zealand humour" of his book Dancing with Cats onto America's Daily Show
  • His thoughts on Kiwi humour, clever ways of winning media coverage, and the importance of combining business with creativity 

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.