After starting out in stand-up comedy as a university student in Wellington, Guy Williams won a contest to become Dai Henwood’s protege in 2009. He has been working in TV and radio ever since. In this interview he covers topics such as:
- The eclectic influences of Jerry Seinfeld, cult comedy movie Napoleon Dynamite, and channel Sky One
- His "weirdly grandiose" desire to be part of the next generation of Wellington’s comedy scene, meeting offbeat comedian Guy Capper and opening for his idol Raybon Kan
- How he feels David Lange started a tradition of New Zealand politicians (John Key, Jacinda Ardern) utilising comedy in their campaigning
- Hitting the jackpot to become Dai Henwood’s protege and launch his own comedy career into the mainstream, before getting a spot on Jono And Ben
- How easy his generation of comedians have it compared to their elders, and the importance of bombing early in your career
- How New Zealanders undervalue local comedy, and the “magic” abilities of Billy T James and John Clarke
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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