Away Laughing was an early sketch comedy show from Wellington company Gibson Group. In this episode from the second series, skaters, spies, panelbeaters and Buck Shelford are the butt of jokes. Kevin Smith and Murray Keane play two Australians mocking New Zealand place names; a trio of firefighters make idiots of themselves in a classroom; ingratiating priest Phineas O'Diddle (Danny Mulheron) arrives at the pub in time to join in on Hori's birthday; and onetime Telecom promo man Gordon McLauchlan interviews two gorillas about Telecom's privatisation.
Performers dash back and forth. A skateboarder is hastily being transformed into a clown. A live teddy bear waits in the wings with a girl in pyjamas. Two minutes later the bear is lying on the floor rapidly being skinned by Wardrobe and helped into a smart business suit.– Writer Noel O'Hare observes the scene while Away Laughing is performed before a live audience, The Listener, 6 May 1991
Made with funding from NZ On Air