In the early 90s Vicki Walker acted in sketch show Away Laughing, and helped launch women's stand-up group Girls Gotta Eat. In this interview she describes being a woman in comedy in the 80s/90s, and other subjects, including:
- Creating and playing her pioneering Away Laughing character Felicity (see second clip of this episode), at a time when Kiwi women rarely got to create their own characters on television
- Growing up in Sydney with a "very serious father", before moving to New Zealand to study creative writing at Auckland University
- Giving stand-up a go in London during the mid 80s, performing in character as a waitress
- Helping create all women stand-up stage show Girls Gotta Eat, and recalling hundreds of people lining Ponsonby Road in Auckland eager to watch the group perform
- Feeling that she had to work harder and be funnier than her male TV colleagues —"I couldn't afford to be weak once because there might not be a second time"
Note: Walker talks in more depth about Girls Gotta Eat in this Funny As interview, alongside Brenda Kendall and Fiona Edgar.
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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