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Matt Heath - Funny As Interview

Matt Heath - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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Matt Heath was one of the key creative minds behind anarchic stunt comedy late night show Back Of The Y, before becoming a NZ Herald columnist, Radio Hauraki DJ, and comical cricket commentator. This interview includes:

  • Heath's early love of The Young Ones and Badjelly the Witch — and later unconsciously plagiarising American movies on Back Of The Y
  • Making stunt-laden short films Vaseline Warriors and Shafted with fellow Back of the Y creator Chris Stapp, while at university in Dunedin
  • The long route to getting Back of the Y made — and how Bill Ralston almost cancelled the show before it debuted
  • The many injuries that occured during filming, and worries that Stapp, who performed most of the stunts, had died several times
  • Breaking guitars and ribs while on tour with musician Tim Finn
  • Jeremy Wells coming up with the idea for the Alternative Commentary Collective, and the challenges of getting sports comedy funded in New Zealand

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.