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Rosemary McLeod - Funny As Interview

Rosemary McLeod - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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Rosemary McLeod devised sitcom All Things Being Equal and iconic 80s TV soap Gloss. Best-known for her outspoken columns, she talks in this extended Funny As interview about battling sexism in the 1970s, and more, including:

  • Gloss being the most fun she had in her television career, and laughing uncontrollably with producer Janice Finn
  • Being told her voice was too deep for the radio, because it would "make men think of bedrooms"
  • Falling into journalism after submitting a piece to the Sunday Times about a weird weekend spent with hippies
  • Memories — comedic and emotional — of her time in Australia writing and script editing sitcoms for the ABC
  • Hating women being portrayed as passive and witless in 1970s TV comedies, which motivated her to write more complex parts (e.g. Ginette McDonald's character in sitcom All Things Being Equal)
  • Finding her schtick of "offending and annoying" people, when she started writing and cartooning about feminists in The Listener 

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.