Peter Rowley was in his early 20s when David McPhail asked him to audition for new comedy show A Week of It. Rowley talks in this Funny As interview about his long career, performing with Billy T James, and other subjects, including:
- Working as a stage manager at Christchurch's Court Theatre, before getting his break on A Week of It in 1977 — "It was just sensational, and it was groundbreaking"
- First meeting Billy T James in a corridor, and clicking with him straight away
- Giving up stand-up comedy in Australia to write and act in The Billy T James Show, and moving into Billy's house to write the series
- Hanging out of a helicopter for The Billy T James Show, and having "the most fun a guy could ever have" on accidents will happen comedy Letter to Blanchy
- Being a "bit difficult" while co-starring on comedy Pete and Pio in the 1990s
- Wearing an $8,000 wig for 2018 movie Mortal Engines (in which he played a slave trader)
Note: For more on Billy T, check out this Funny As interview with Rowley and Billy T's former minder Rick Harris.
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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