Millen Baird found comedy after deciding there was no future for him in being a tax accountant. In this Funny As interview he talks about his preference for improvisation. He also discusses:
- His dad being his comedy idol from a young age
- Getting his first TV break when Caterina De Nave commissioned The Millen Baird Show
- Feeling more comfortable in character, than being himself
- How injecting improv into the scripts for Auckland Daze became “a competition to come up with the best gag”
- His mum bearing the brunt of his artistic endeavours — "I saw your son's show. Disgusting, Colleen, disgusting."
- Embracing the philosophies of Outward Bound for 2017 series Darryl. An Outward Bound Story
- Thinking he’d nailed an LA audition with his deadpan performance, but actually bemusing them with his jandals
- Turning a personal situation into comedy with web series Slow Pete — about IVF and his “slow swimmers”
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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