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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

Television, 2019

Funny As traces the history of Kiwi comedy via archive footage and interviews with local comedy talent. Debuting on TVNZ 1 in July 2019, the five-part series explored how New Zealanders "have used comedy to navigate decades of profound cultural change". Funny As touches on everything from live and musical comedy, to pioneers of Kiwi screen humour (e.g. Fred Dagg, Lynn of Tawa) and later exports (Flight of the Conchords, Rose Matafeo). One hundred extended interviews shot for the show can be watched here. Funny As was made by production/creative agency Augusto, and produced by comedy veteran Paul Horan.