The work of Samoan-Kiwi writer Victor Rodger includes Shortland Street and This is Piki, and onstage explorations of sexuality, identity and race. In this extended Funny As interview, Rodger discusses a variety of topics, including:
- At a young age choosing to focus on writing rather than acting, after reading a comment by Kirk Douglas that there were no roles for "fat leading men”
- Getting into drama school with no acting experience, the same year his first play Sons premiered
- Getting a job as a trainee script editor while he was broke, and later becoming a scriptwriter for Shortland Street
- Combining comedy and "a reasonably strong dark undertow" in his plays
- The changes he has seen over 20 years of "minority writers taking control of how they are represented"
- How his heritage and sexuality influence his writing, but he doesn’t like those labels putting him into a box
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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