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Tim Batt - Funny As Interview

Tim Batt - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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After starting in radio, comedian Tim Batt found his place with podcasts, including The Worst Idea of All Time — New Zealand’s most globally successful podcast. He discusses podcasts in this Funny As interview, and also talks about:

  • Watching a “painfully shy” Guy Williams perform his first stand-up show
  • His first radio job, learning from legendary DJ Kevin Black
  • The challenges of being a political comedian in a small democracy
  • Comedians moving into the commentary space, and whether that's good for society
  • Working with comedian Guy Montgomery on The Worst Idea of All Time
  • How 7 Days made it respectable to be a comedian in New Zealand
  • Being "livid" when youth channel TVNZ U was cancelled — after “honing some of the best comedians in our part of the world”

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.