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Funny Business - Excerpts

Television (Excerpts) – 1988 - 1991

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A selection of sketches from this award-winning skit based comedy series featuring Willy de Wit, Ian Harcourt, Peter Murphy and Dean Butler (with occasional animation by Chris Knox). The Hoons display their all of their charm and tact at the beach — but cruising for action (in a car truly worthy of them) results in a heated confrontation with one of their rivals. The classic Norman the Mormon also features, alternative Dunedin bands of the 1980s are lampooned and Lucy Lawless makes her TV debut in an ad spoof that anticipates her future role in Spartacus.

There are elements of undergraduate humour in the sketches and musical send-ups, but they can also switch from outright puerility to witty sophistication in a single beat.
– Finlay MacDonald in a Listener review, 11 March 1991

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