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Hori Ahipene - Funny As Interview

Hori Ahipene became a 1990s comedy fixture after working on SkitzThe Semisis (the first Pasifika sitcom) and bilingual sitcom Radio Wha Waho.

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George Henare: Acting on screen and stage...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

George Henare is acting royalty in New Zealand with a huge body of work in theatre, television and movies. His first screen performance was as a suspected killer in the 1976 TV play The Park Terrace Murder. From there Henare starred as Hone Heke in the epic TV drama The Governor. Moving to the big screen, Henare portrayed the evil tohunga in The Silent One. Henare's other film and television credits include Mercy Peak, Shortland Street, Hercules and Xena, Rapa Nui, Once Were Warriors, and The Legend of Johnny Lingo.

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Martin Henderson: From Kiwi child star to Hollywood...

Interview – Ian Pryor. Camera and Editing – Alex Backhouse

After making his screen debut in 1988 on Margaret Mahy TV series Strangers, actor Martin Henderson spent three years on Shortland Street playing Stuart Nielsen, then moved on to Australia and later the United States. Since then he has acted everywhere from India to Sweden, and in everything from horror (The Ring) to musicals (Bride and Prejudice) to TV’s House MD. His work as Cate Blanchett’s disabled brother in drama Little Fish saw him nominated for an Australian Film Institute supporting actor award. Variety magazine called his performance 'a revelation'.

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David McPhail - Funny As Interview

A Week of It co-creator David McPhail is a verifiable Kiwi comedy legend.

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Millen Baird - Funny As Interview

Millen Baird found comedy after deciding there was no future for him in being a tax accountant — yes, a tax accountant!

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Dai Henwood - Funny As Interview

Growing up around stage shows and TV studios, Dai Henwood knew from early on that he wanted to be involved in comedy.

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Pinky Agnew - Funny As Interview

Best known for her impersonations of former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, Pinky Agnew is a writer, comedian, and marriage celebrant.

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Annie Whittle - Funny As Interview

Annie Whittle had already made her mark as a singer, before she played all the female roles on the first season of comedy hit A Week of It.

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Funny Business - Funny As Interview

In 1988 comedy group Funny Business managed the jump from stand-up to headlining their own hit TV show. This Funny As interview sees Dean Butler, Willy de Wit, Ian Harcourt and Peter Murphy covering many topics, including: "Making it up" as they went along — "We really didn't know what we were doing" How their routine involving an airbourne pet toaster once caused $3,500 worth of damage Their first gig at Auckland's Windsor Castle turning into a bi-weekly run that lasted for two years  TVNZ taking a "huge risk" in commissioning the first Funny Business TV series Being "blown away" while performing at Canada's Just For Laughs comedy festival in 1990  What the group's members are doing now, including Willy de Wit's recovery from a 2016 stroke 

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Brendhan Lovegrove - Funny As Interview

Brendhan Lovegrove's comedy has been described as "verging on the psychotic side". He appeared on TV's A Night at the Classic and all eight series of Pulp Comedy. Lovegrove discusses his career in this Funny As interview, including:  How he and friend Jason Hoyte (later half of comedy act Sugar and Spice) used to sit on a bench at school when they were eight years old, and make other students laugh  Deciding that he wanted to do stand-up after watching an "electric" performance by Alan Brough Feeling blessed that one of his early stand-up gigs "bombed", as it made him work harder  Moving to the United Kingdom, and performing at comedy clubs like Jongleurs and The Glee Club Taking a "long time" to feel confident on camera— his first TV appearance (on A Bit After Ten) was "terrible"