Starting in the late 1980s, Matt Elliott was a pioneering Kiwi stand-up comedian. He has gone on to write 1997 book Kiwi Jokers: The Rise and Rise of New Zealand Comedy and a 2009 bio of Billy T James. In this interview, the topics include:
- Growing up listening to comedy records at the library for 50 cents a time — and how David Lange being a family friend influenced his sense of humour
- Doing early comedy shows at Auckland's Abby’s bar and the "mindblowing" Gluepot
- Moving to Australia, and learning from their more developed stand-up comedy scene
- Running comedy workshops back in New Zealand, and his mixed experiences trying to get comedy on the radio
- Interviewing dozens of Kiwi talents for his books on New Zealand comedy and Billy T James
- The life and work of unsung Kiwi-born comedy writer Ted Kavanagh
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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