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Tarun Mohanbhai - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

Tarun Mohanbhai has performed comedy onstage, on-screen and in the theatre for over two decades. In this Funny As interview he reflects on being one of a rare breed of Kiwi-Indian comedians and more, including:

  • Doing his first stand-up comedy at pub Kitty O’Brien’s — and how it immediately made him sick
  • Taking play D'Arranged Marriage to a venue at the Sydney Opera House for 14 sold out nights — and using negative reviews as constructive criticism
  • Taking risks trying new material at the NZ Comedy Gala 
  • How his parents first discovered that he did stand-up comedy
  • Saving time by not joking about his Indian heritage, then being pressured to do so on TV's A Thousand Apologies
  • More TV stories — including making hidden camera show The Last Laugh, and shouting at the audience on 7 Days

The full version of this interview was first uploaded on 10 October 2019.

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.

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