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.
This 2010 series adapted the theatre comedy of Laughing Samoans Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea’i into a show on TV2, pairing sketches and interviews with excerpts from their stage show. In this opening episode Aunty Tala (Fepulea’i) receives a sign that a prospective husband is in Wellington and takes her niece Fai (Ete) to nab him. Their tour of the capital includes Te Papa, Cuba Street, The Backbencher Pub near Parliament, and Les Mills gym. Aunty Tala flirts with All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu, opera singer Ben Makisi, Prime Minister John Key and actor Robbie Magasiva.