Interview

Mark Wright: The serious side of being a funny man…

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Mark Wright is an actor who is well known for impersonating celebrities and sports stars on television. He has appeared on a number of primetime comedy shows including Issues, That Comedy Show and Newsflash. Wright has also appeared in TV dramas Shortland Street, City Life, Nothing Trivial and Harry.

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Rima Te Wiata: Imitation as the sincerest form of flattery...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Rima Te Wiata won fame with her impersonations of famous New Zealanders in comedy shows Laughinz and More Issues. Her most famous parody was of newsreader Judy Bailey. Te Wiata is also a successful dramatic actor, having appeared in Shark in the Park and Shortland Street. Her film credits include Via Satellite and — after this interview was conducted — Housebound and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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Rima Te Wiata - Funny As Interview

Rima Te Wiata has impersonated Judy Bailey, sung ridiculous birthday songs in a hit Taika Waititi movie, and done her share of dramatic acting too.

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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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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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Cohen Holloway: On blending comedy and drama...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Cohen Holloway is a singer, actor and comedian who first made an impact on comedy shows Pulp Comedy and Facelift. Holloway went on to act in movies After the Waterfall, and Taika Waititi  hits Boy  and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. In 2009 he won a Qantas Best Actor Award after starring as David Dougherty in TV drama Until Proven Innocent. In 2015 he starred in Māori Television’s acclaimed comedy series Find Me a Māori Bride.

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ScreenTalk Short: Judy Bailey

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Beloved newsreader Judy Bailey co-presented TV One’s prime time news bulletin for nearly 20 years.

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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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Judy Bailey: Newsreader extraordinaire...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Judy Bailey is sometimes called the 'Mother of the Nation', thanks to nearly 20 years as newsreader on TV One’s prime time news bulletin. Bailey began as a TV/radio reporter for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, before co-hosting regional magazine show Top Half with John Hawkesby. In 1986 she began her newsreading career on the Network News; after a long run working alongside Richard Long she took over the role solo in 2004. She has gone on to host a number of other shows, including Māori Television's Anzac Day coverage and travel show Judy Bailey’s Australia.

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ScreenTalk Short: Rima Te Wiata

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Rima Te Wiata created a name for herself impersonating famous New Zealanders in comedy shows Laughinz and More Issues. Te Wiata has acted in everything from Australian soap Sons and Daughters to movie Via Satellite and — after this interview was conducted — Housebound and Hunt for the Wilderpeople