The Manawatu has provided fertile ground for New Zealand comedic talent, including producing six-person comedy group Facial DBX. In this interview, members Jeremy and Nigel Corbett, Jon Bridges, David Downs, Paul Horan and Paul Yates talk about Facial DBX and Palmerston North’s comedy roots, as well as:
- Early influences and memories of what made them laugh, including The Goons and Monty Python
- Paul Yates seeing John Clarke “doing Fred Dagg in front of a camera” while shooting a TV advert
- Massey University’s capping revue being an “ugly duckling phase” that led them on to better and greater things
- Coming up with the “excruciating name” Facial DBX
- Being mistaken for Billy Bragg while on tour
- Wishing they were more rock’n’roll, but being the “nerdiest little tourers”
- Starting the comedy club at Kitty O’Brien’s pub in Auckland, before the “massive leap” that was setting up The Classic Comedy Club
Note: Jeremy and Nigel Corbett get their own Funny As interview here (Jeremy also did this solo interview). An interview with Jon Bridges and Paul Yates can be found here.
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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