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Jason Gunn: Kids show host turned TV all-rounder...

Interview – 2010

A generation of Kiwi kids grew up watching Jason Gunn on television. At the same time Gunn grew up on television himself. Beginning in children’s TV, Gunn hosted Jase TV, The Son of a Gunn Show, After School, and What Now? Through many of these shows his co-star was a hugely popular life size puppet named Thingee. Gunn moved on to other programmes such as Young Entertainers and Small Talk. In recent years Gunn has starred in a host of top-rating primetime entertainment and game shows including Wheel of Fortune, The Rich List and Dancing with the Stars.

In this ScreenTalk, Gunn talks about:

  • Learning the skills of presenting from ‘old hands’ in the industry
  • How he grew up on TV hosting The Son of a Gunn Show
  • Being best mates with a puppet named Thingee
  • His love for making children’s TV and how it is the best of all genres
  • How his comedic inspiration comes from his everyday life
  • The tough path of learning to play piano and sing
  • Just being himself on Celebrity Treasure Island
  • The drama and excitement of Dancing with the Stars
  • Why hosting game shows will lead to new things
This video was first uploaded on 8 February 2010, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside