Full Season

Funny As: The Story Of New Zealand Comedy

A five-part series that opens the archives of New Zealand entertainment to explore how we have used comedy to navigate decades of profound cultural change. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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    Episode 1: Women's Comedy: A Secret History
    • Sunday 21 Jul

    ML The story of women's comedy from the fraught emergence of stand up through to women getting to hold all the creative cards in the making of their own comedy programmes.

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      • Sunday 18 Aug

      ML Series Final. This episode tells the story of how comedians in groups have created some our best comedy but also looks at the mavericks who went it alone.

      • Sunday 11 Aug

      16L We take a look back at the use of music to create comedy gold that has taken us from show bands to the Flight of the Conchords, giving New Zealand some of its most successful comedy at home and overseas.

      • Sunday 4 Aug

      16L We explore the brilliance of Maori and Pacific Island humour and the challenge of confronting racism through comedy. Featuring the Laughing Samoans, Mike King, Oscar Kightley and more.

      • Sunday 28 Jul

      ML We look into the evolution of Kiwi comedy from sketches to stand-up and characters such as Fred Dagg and Lyn of Tawa. Featuring interviews with John Clarke, Dai Henwood, Mike King and more.

      • Sunday 21 Jul

      ML The story of women's comedy from the fraught emergence of stand up through to women getting to hold all the creative cards in the making of their own comedy programmes.