Scott Blanks helped launch New Zealand's stand-up comedy scene in the 1980s. The owner and co-founder of Auckland's iconic comedy club The Classic muses about building the live comedy scene and other subjects, including:
- Getting his start in showbusiness when he was 19, acting in an amateur production of West Side Story
- Helping form comedy group Funny Business, and being a jack of all trades on their early gigs: "provide a stage, get the lights and sound sorted, and the marketing and the promo..."
- Starting a rookie comedy night at Auckland pub Kitty O'Brien's, where several comedians (e.g Brendhan Lovegrove, Sugar and Spice) first got their break
- The excitement of finding and setting up New Zealand's first dedicated live comedy club, The Classic, in 1997
- How television stand-up show Pulp Comedy boosted The Classic's audience
- How his accounting degree helped save The Classic when it ran into money troubles
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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