Primer on New Zealand satire… such as it is these days…

And you paid for this, so you might as well watch it.


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  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    “In the 1970s the sixties arrived in New Zealand” I do like that.

    • Rick H

      I know exactly what you mean, B’Stard.
      I was a teenager and it was 1974 before we had a TV at home – purchsed as it was, due to the Christchurch ’74 Commonwealth Games.
      My first viewing of funny programmes were mainly ones made in the 60’s, and repeated in our time.
      Gems such as –
      Hogan’s Heroes.
      All in the Family
      Rising Damp
      The rise and fall of Reginald Perrin
      Beverley Hillbillies
      Dad’s Army
      Welcome Back Cotter
      Bob Newhart show.


      Nothing on anything as good as those these days – –
      – -except – Youtube has mnost of them free to view now.

  • sonovaMin

    All I can say Is – Eh? What a waste of time and money.

    • Kevin

      New Zealand comedy hasn’t been funny for a very long time. Coincidently, it stopped being funny around about when the left wingers took it over …

      • johcar

        Stopped being funny when BillyT left us….

  • JeffDaRef

    That was painful…

    And they go and misspell David McPhail’s name in the credits…no words.

    • Brian Dingwall

      yep, after 3 mins I’d had enough and couldn’t believe there were still 2 odd tedious minutes to go. Neverthless watched it all, duty done….

  • LesleyNZ

    Gave me a bit of nostalgia – really miss those satire programmes of yesteryear. A Week of It and Spitting Image were so funny and so clever and full of talent. Don’t see this these days.

  • Duchess of Pork

    A history of NZ satire, in memorium to Jon Gadsby, and no mention of A.K. Grant the unseen stalwart behind the brilliant McPail and Gadsby and imo the greatest of all our satirists? Consign this visual travesty to the dustbin where it belongs Mr Nicol and undertake more exhaustive research if you wish to move off the bottom rung of the ladder.

  • SteveWrathall

    The problem with satirizing the NZ left is that it so often satirizes itself. Case in point: