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Funny as : the story of New Zealand comedy

documentary heritage
  • Description

    "From the Kiwi Concert Party to The Topp Twins, Billy T. James to Rose Matafeo, Fred Dagg to Flight of the Conchords, New Zealanders have made each other laugh in ways distinctive to these islands.

    The book takes us inside the comedy clubs, cabarets and television studios where comedians work; it charts the rise of cartoons and skits, parody and stand-up; it introduces us to how New Zealand's funniest men and women have made sense (and nonsense) out of this country's changing culture and society"--Publisher information

  • Place
  • Other Id

    PN1928.N45 FUN (Library of Congress Call Number)

    91704 (Cat ID)

    91508 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Funny as : the story of New Zealand comedy
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Auckland University Press
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    336 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Bloody laughter: war and the birth of New Zealand comedy -- Comedy and writers: blokes bastards and outbreaks of beauty -- Lessons in comedy: universities and capping revues -- 'Bold and blue': female impersonators, cabaret and variety -- Comedians and politicians: 'stuff that doesn't really matter' -- Comedy and theatre: million-dollar ideas -- Directors on the edge: comedy on screen -- The start of it: TV comedy up to the 1980s -- John Clarke: the man from the audience -- Billy T. James: between two worlds -- The Topp Twins: only in New Zealand -- The Front Lawn: sons of the suburbs -- Live comedy in the 1980s and 1990s: looking for a place to stand (up) -- Breaking the rules: TV in the 1990s and beyond -- Naked in the house of spirits: Samoan comedy -- Live comedy in the twenty-first century: the new establishment -- Kin folk: Flight of the Conchords -- Taika Waititi: a Maori in space -- Rose and other names: a new comedy generation
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Comedians - New Zealand; Comedians - Pictorial works - New Zealand; Stand-up comedy - History - New Zealand; Television personalities - History - New Zealand; Television personalities - Pictorial works - New Zealand; Comedians]

    Issued with a variety of jacket covers featuring a famous New Zealand comic or comic team. "Published alongside a major TVNZ documentary series"--Promotional jacket cover. "Made in association with Augusto Entertainment [and] NZ On Air"--Back jacket cover. Includes bibliographical references.

  • Subject Notes
    Paul Horan was a member of the late-80s comedy group Facial DBX. He co-founded the New Zealand Comedy Festival in 1992, then set up Auckland's Classic Comedy Club in 1998.
    Philip Matthews is a senior journalist, reviewer and editorial writer, whose work has appeared in diverse publications during his 25 years in the business.
  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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