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Mark Wright: The serious side of being a funny man…

Interview – 2017

Mark Wright is an actor who is well known for impersonating celebrities and sports stars on television. He has appeared on a number of primetime comedy shows including Issues, That Comedy Show and Newsflash. Wright has also appeared in TV dramas Shortland Street, City Life, Nothing Trivial and Harry.

In this ScreenTalk, Wright talks about:

  • How meeting Worzel Gummidge Down Under star Jon Pertwee was a thrill
  • Riding into the Christmas bloopers tape on Peppermint Twist
  • Getting his first taste of impersonation on sketch show Public Eye
  • Thinking The Billy T James Show was the wrong vehicle for the star
  • Parodying the news reading style of Richard Long on the show Issues
  • People being conned by his Jonah Lomu impression on comedy show Sportsnight
  • Playing a manager moonlighting as a dancing penguin on uber-soap Shortland Street
  • Working with a comedy legend on the kidult show The Amazing Extraordinary Friends
  • Being part of the "fantastic" ensemble cast on Harry
  • Impressing his kids with a role on Terry Teo
  • The challenge of being typecast as the "funny guy"
This video was first uploaded on 6 March 2017, 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