Comedians Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i began performing as a stage act in 2003. For the next 13 years they toured Laughing Samoan shows through Australasia, the Pacific Islands, USA and England. Skits lampooned PI life in Niu Sila; subjects ranged from 'island time' to funerals and food, and included popular characters like Aunty Tala (played by Fepulea'i). Laughing Samoans at Large was an eight-part TV2 series, conceived by Aaron Taouma and produced by TVNZ’s Pasifika department. It paired sketches and interviews with excerpts from a Laughing Samoans theatre tour.