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Joe Musaphia - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

Joe Musaphia had a hand in writing New Zealand's first sketch show, first sitcom, and first movie musical. The prolific playwright talks in this Funny As interview about his love of comedy and other topics, including:

  • Writing and helping out on New Zealand's first musical Don't Let It Get You — "I had to write some of the songs as well. I didn't enjoy it. I was way out of my depth."
  • Feeling flattered that comedian Billy T James loved his presenting on 1960s kids show Joe's World
  • Recalling a police officer being so nervous on Joe's World that he swore live on-air
  • Having a "ball" writing and acting in 60s sketch show In View of the Circumstances
  • Learning how to act, to enhance his writing

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.