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Joe Musaphia

Writer, Actor

Self-discipline has never been a problem for Joe Musaphia — he's written over 140 radio plays and dozens of full-length stage plays since 1960. His screen credits include pioneering Kiwi sketch show In View of the Circumstances, New Zealand's first musical Don't Let it Get You, sitcom Between the Lines and hosting childrens’ show Joe’s World. Musaphia has also worked as a columnist, cartoonist and actor.

I learnt the hard way that a screenwriter has to be second best to the director, the photographer and the editor. It's not a verbal medium as far as I'm concerned, it's not for the literary types. I know I didn't like the final product. Joe Musaphia on writing the screenplay for movie Don't Let it Get You, in his 2019 interview for Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy