In 2013 comedian Jesse Mulligan began a year as one of the trio of hosts for primetime show TV Seven Sharp. Mulligan first applied his talents to radio, after winning a stand-up comedy contest while studying law in his native Hamilton. He went on to almost a decade with the More FM breakfast team. In 2009 Mulligan added TV to his resume, most notably with multiple seasons on the writing and presenting team of 7 Days.

Being on every night really gives you an opportunity to build a relationship with your audience and workmates — it's a cool and unique opportunity, and I'm stoked to be on the team. Jesse Mulligan on joining show Seven Sharp
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Seven Sharp

2013 - 2014, Presenter - Television

Seven Sharp debuted in 2013 on TV One's weeknight 7pm slot. It replaced long-running current affairs show Close Up. As TVNZ’s primetime post-news show, it has hosted major events like the general election leaders’ debate. Original presenters Alison Mau, Jesse Mulligan and Greg Boyed were replaced in the second series by two hosts: Toni Street and Mike Hosking (Pippa Wetzell sat in while Street was on maternity leave in 2015). Seven Sharp's debut marked a television journalism shift from one-on-one interviews, to a more conversational engagement with events of the day.

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Would I Lie to You

2012, Subject, Writer - Television

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Jono and Ben at Ten

2012, Writer - Television

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A Night at the Classic

2010, as Jesse Mulligan - Television

Auckland's home of stand-up comedy, The Classic theatre in Queen Street, is the subject of this "behind the scenes" mockumentary TV series. Anchored by MC Brendhan Lovegrove, episodes follow a night's performances; onstage routines are intercut with action from the green room and front of house. The line between reality and self-deprecatory fiction is blurry, with the participants happy to send themselves up. Show biz glamour is in short supply and, at times, it's preferable to look just about anywhere except the screen. A second series screened in 2012.

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7 Days

2009 - ongoing, Subject, Writer - Television

Well-received comedy panel series 7 Days debuted on TV3 in 2009. The show takes an irreverent look at the past week in the news with such regular segments as “my kid could draw that” and “what’s the taxi driver talking about”. Jeremy Corbett hosts, and there are two teams of regular and guest comedians including Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego. Corbett says 7 Days is the comedy show he has always wanted to make.

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7 Days - Series One, Episode Three

2009, Writer - Television

Well-received comedy panel series 7 Days debuted on TV3 in 2009. The show takes an irreverent look at the past week in the news with such regular segments as “my kid could draw that” and “what’s the taxi driver talking about”. Jeremy Corbett hosts, and there are two teams of regular and guest comedians including Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego. This episode’s special guest is Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby, and Labour MP Darren Hughes features in “politician in the hot seat”.

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The 7PM Project

2009 - 2010, Subject