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Pio Terei: A versatile man...

Interview – 2011

Pio Terei is a presenter, performer and comedian, who has been involved in a wide range of TV shows from comedy (Pete & Pio) to quiz shows (It's in the Bag) and travel (Te Araroa: Tails from the Trails). He has also had dramatic roles (movie No. 2, Mataku) and co-hosted iconic quiz show It’s in the Bag for Māori Television.

In this ScreenTalk, Terei talks about:

  • How a song led to him joining legends of comedy on Issues
  • Being given advice on impersonating politician Winston Peters for the show
  • Working with Peter Rowley on comedy show Pete & Pio
  • How daring to "take the piss" out of Pākehā in TV's The Life and Times of Te Tutu raised hackles
  • Being inspired by American actor Ruby Dee on feature No. 2
  • The joy of co-presenting quiz show It’s in the Bag
  • How winning a booby prize meant so much to one contestant
This video was first uploaded on 15 February 2011, 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
The versatility is what I enjoyed. You know, I remember doing take offs of Aaron Neville, of B.B. King, of Stevie Wonder, of Joanna Paul. And that really stretches your performance bones.
– Pio Terei on building his performance repertoire in 1990s comedy sketch show Pete & Pio