David McPhail

Writer, Actor

David McPhail's is a pioneering figure in the history of New Zealand television comedy. Working with Jon Gadsby, his longtime comic partner in crime, he famously impersonated Sir Rob Muldoon in landmark sketch shows A Week of It and McPhail and Gadsby. Later he helped create the Barry Crump-style yarns of Letter to Blanchy, and starred as a terrifyingly straight-talking teacher in Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby.

...when I proposed it to some of my superiors, they thought I was insane ... I was told quite frankly by one, "you have to understand, David. You're young and you're energetic but you don't know the facts of life and one of the facts of life is New Zealanders do not have a sense of humour. They are very, very staunch sensible people and they don't like laughing, and they don't like laughing at themselves." David McPhail on proposing comedy show A Week of It, in his extended interview for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

Interview

David McPhail - Funny As Interview

Interview, 2019

Interview

David McPhail: From satire to spandex...

Interview, 2009

Interview

ScreenTalk Short: David McPhail

Interview, 2018

Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy (series promo)

2019, Subject - Television

Three Turns 30 - Promo

2019, Subject - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Subject - Television

From the Archives: Five Decades (1980s) - David McPhail

2010, Subject - Television

No Petrol, No Diesel!

2009, As: Elvis - Film

The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

2007 - 2010, As: The Green Termite / Harry Seaforth - Television

The Amazing Extraordinary Friends (episode)

2007, As: Harry Seaforth - Television

The Waimate Conspiracy

2006, As: Judge Henry - Film

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

2005 - 2006, As: Mr Gormsby - Television

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby - Period Three: Human Relationships

2005, As: Mr Gormsby - Television

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby - Period One: The Appalling Mr Gormsby

2005, As: Mr Gormsby - Television

The Life and Times of Te Tutu

2000 - 2001, Director - Television

Beyond a Joke!

1995, Subject - Television

Letter to Blanchy

1994 - 1997, Writer, As: Derek - Television

Letter to Blanchy - A Dinner Down Under

1994, Writer, As: Derek - Television

Letter to Blanchy - Unofficial Channels

1994, Writer, As: Derek - Television

Fallout

1994, As: Roger Douglas - Television

Fallout - Part Two

1994, As: Roger Douglas - Television

Fallout - Part One

1994, As: Roger Douglas - Television

Letter to Blanchy - A Serious Undertaking

1994, Writer, As: Derek - Television

Here Is the News

1992, Subject - Television

More Issues

1991 - 1992, As: Various roles, Director, Writer - Television

More Issues - A Compilation

1991, Writer, As: various characters - Television

The Billy T James Show (sitcom) - excerpts

1990, Writer - Television

Network New Zealand

1985, Subject - Television

McPhail and Gadsby - Best of Series Five

1983, Writer, Executive Producer, As: Various Roles - Television

Loose Enz - Coming and Going

1982, As: Reading - Television

Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

1981, Performer - Television

Danny Down Under

1980, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

A Haunting We Will Go - Cellar Ghost

1980, Writer - Television

McPhail and Gadsby - First Episode

1980, As: Various roles, Writer, Producer - Television

A Haunting We Will Go

1979 - 1980, Writer - Television

A Week of It - Christmas Special

1979, Producer, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

A Week of It - Series Two, Episode 15

1978, Producer, Writer, As: Various roles - Television

A Haunting We Will Go - Pilot Episode

1977, Writer - Television

A Week of It - First Episode

1977, Actor, Writer, Producer - Television

A Week of It - Series One, Episode Three

1977, Writer, Producer, As: Various roles - Television

A Week of It

1977 - 1979, Writer, As: various characters, Presenter, Producer - Television

Richard Pearse

1975, As: Mad John - Television

The Popco Special

1974, Producer - Television

Thru the Southern Moonlight

1974, Producer - Music video

Popco

1972 - 1974, Producer - Television

Town and Around

1965 - 1970, Reporter - Television