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David McPhail: From satire to spandex...

Interview – 2009

Comedy legend David McPhail began making New Zealanders laugh in pioneering 1970s sketch show A Week of It, then he and Jon Gadsby moved on to McPhail and Gadsby. The two comedians also had big parts to play in sitcom Letter to Blanchy. Later McPhail starred as the appallingly politically incorrect teacher in Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

In this ScreenTalk, McPhail talks about:

  • The excitement of filming A Week of It an hour before it aired each week
  • Using satire to prick the ego of former Prime Minister Rob Muldoon
  • Why the concept behind the first season of McPhail and Gadsby was a mistake
  • Real life stories behind Letter to Blanchy
  • How Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby shocked the TV network but delighted fans
  • Getting caught in public in a revealing spandex costume while shooting The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

This video was first uploaded on 21 December 2009, 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