James Griffin is the brains behind many successful Kiwi TV dramas and comedies (he co-created Outrageous Fortune and The Almighty Johnsons). He talks in this Funny As interview about failing, succeeding and more, including:
- Putting together a TV pilot for comedy group Funny Business, while working at TVNZ's drama department
- Writing comedy scripts for "old school gentleman" Billy T James
- How he became script editor for 1980s melodrama Gloss in his mid-20s, and drank lots of champagne
- Being asked to work on a film Pacific Islanders would like, which ultimately became hit movie Sione's Wedding
- Learning a lot from failing (City Life, Diplomatic Immunity) as "it can teach you a few things if you're smart enough to learn"
- How infusing comedy into his dramas (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) "normalised" Kiwis to seeing New Zealand humour on screen
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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