Interview

Ben Hurley - Funny As Interview

Stand-up comedian Ben Hurley began in the hotbed of Wellington comedy.

Interview

Helene Wong - Funny As Interview

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story author Helene Wong grew up in 1950s Aotearoa, and has worked in the arts as a performer, writer, and film critic. She discusses her varied career in this Funny As interview, including: Growing up with radio comedy, being the class clown at school, and realising that you could make people laugh with voices and accents The university capping review being a revelation and a liberation — presenting an opportunity to deal with issues and being more than just "prancing about on the stage" How the introduction of television meant being able to see politicians — "their physicality, their flaws and their body language" – providing wonderful source material for satirists Working with Roger Hall, John Clarke, Dave Smith and Catherine Downes on university revue One in Five, and mimicking three-screen promotional film This is New Zealand to open the show Working for Prime Minister Robert Muldoon in the 70s as a social policy advisor – despite spending “the previous few years having a lot of fun satirising him”– and feeling that he had a "kind of dark force field around him" Reaching a turning point in comedy about Asians in New Zealand; Asians have started to "take back the power" and "as opposed to encouraging audiences to laugh at us, we’re now getting them to laugh with us"

Interview

Justin Pemberton : Telling stories about the outsiders…

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Director Justin Pemberton has made his mark in the worlds of music video and documentary. His documentary credits include award-winners Love, Speed and Loss and The Nuclear Comeback, and Richie McCaw hit Chasing Great. Among the artists he has directed in music videos are Anika Moa  and Bic Runga.

Interview

Tarun Mohanbhai - Funny As Interview

Tarun Mohanbhai has performed comedy onstage, on-screen and in the theatre for over two decades.

Interview

The Fan Brigade - Funny As Interview

Amanda Kennedy and Livi Reihana are The Fan Brigade, a musical comedy duo formed over a mutual appreciation of each other’s Twitter accounts.

Interview

Mike King - Funny As Interview

At one point Mike King was so famous, he appeared on three TV channels on the same night.

Interview

Roger Hall - Funny As Interview

Roger Hall began his take over of the Kiwi stage in 1977 with Glide Time. Later the play inspired Gliding On, the first local sitcom to become a major hit.