The Spinoff has the rare and singular pleasure of bringing you a full scene from TV3’s eagerly anticipated sketch comedy ‘Funny Girls’, debuting on TV3 this Friday at 10pm.
For the past few weeks I’ve been traipsing across Auckland to bars, breweries and bars, watching a brand new New Zealand comedy being made. It’s a sketch show called Funny Girls, and features the most ridiculous role call of female talent ever assembled in one place in this country, lead by a power trio comprising Laura Daniel, Rose Matafeo and Jackie Van Beek. Tomorrow at 9am we’ll debut a longform feature on The Spinoff based on that reporting.
I’ve seen the first episode, and my favourite part of the show is the narrative which runs around the sketches. Namely, the fictional creation of a hopelessly compromised sketch show, thwarted at its every turn by budgetary constraints, incompetent staff, and particularly a vast numbers of terrible dudes. The thread is super funny and beautifully observed and features a number of great wide shots of Donna Brookbanks as a security guard trying to fall asleep on a collapsable chair. Here is one such scene, donated exclusively to The Spinoff by the kind-hearted people at TV3.
One more thing: there has been some low-key social media fretting about the quantity of women used in the making of this show. The following names and roles are presented without comment, for the reader to draw their own conclusions:
The core cast:
– Rose Matafeo
– Laura Daniel
– Jackie van Beek
– Brynley Stent
– Chelsea McEwan Miller
– Kimberley Crossman,
…And supporting cast: Teuila Blakely, Donna Brookbanks, Milo Cawthorne, John Clarke, Zara Cormack, Wesley Dowdell, Elisabeth Easther, Fiona Edgar, Tom Furniss, Luanne Gordon, Will Hall, Jessica Joy Wood, Chye Ling-Huang, Renee Lyons, Eli Mathewson, Astra McLaren, Natalie Medlock, Joseph Moore, Chris Parker, Hamish Parkinson, Hannah Patterson, Antonia Prebble, Alison Quigan, Ryan Richards, Jodie Rimmer, James Roque, Jamaine Ross, Madeleine Sami, Nic Sampson, Bede Skinner, Justine Smith, Olivia Tennet, Phil Vaughan,
The show was produced by Bronwynn Bakker. Here are the other key off-screen staff, also per the press kit:
Here’s the shows official trailer:
Funny Girls premieres at 10pm on TV3 this Friday, October 23
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