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Girls Gotta Eat - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

All female stand-up show Girls Gotta Eat took Auckland by storm in 1990. The show gave women a chance to laugh at themselves in a supportive environment. Actors Vicki Walker (Away Laughing), Fiona Edgar (Brokenwood Mysteries, Vermillion) and Brenda Kendall (Double Booking) share their memories in this Funny As interview, including:

  • Queues around the block for the monthly show (which began as A Girls Gotta Eat) — "everyone felt safe laughing their heads off. There was no boorish heckling, none of that stuff"
  • How the involvement of The Topp Twins helped draw crowds to the venue, Ponsonby pub The Gluepot
  • How one male performer per show was allowed  — including Kevin Smith
  • Brenda Kendall recalls how she started in stand-up at Sweetwaters music festival 
  • How Fanny Business, another female-only group, followed after Girls Gotta Eat

Note: Vicki Walker talks more about Girls Gotta Eat, as part of her solo Funny As interview.

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.