The Funniest Kiwi TV Comedy


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This section is for TV comedy series from New Zealand. By default they are presented starting with the ones ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

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Fred Dagg DVDFred Dagg
      1975 | New Zealand | Laughs: 6.7 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.0
      wikipedia | who was involved?

I became a big fan of John Clarke's when I was introduced to the Australian TV series The Games upon moving to Sydney in 2002. Sadly, there is not much material by John on video. John started out in New Zealand, where I later moved, and it was there that Fred Dagg was recommended to me.

Fred is portrayed to be a typical New Zealand sheep farmer. As Australians and New Zealanders will know, Fred Dagg's homeland is often derided for its concentration of sheep. They will also know that "daggy" means something close to "uncool", in reference to "dagg", the dry matter that tends to accumulate near a sheep's bottom. This series contributes evidence to the saying that the inhabitants of both nations are the first to poke fun at themselves.

Not all parts of the Fred Dagg saga have aged well—it may have been unequal to start with—but there are flashes of brilliance that make it required viewing for John Clarke fans. (Last viewed: December 2011)

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Flight of the Conchords DVDFlight of the Conchords
      2007 | New Zealand | Laughs: 6.2 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.6
      wikipedia | who was involved?

I was spending six months in New Zealand when a video store clerk recommended this delightfully offbeat series, which takes place in New York but whose cast hails from the land of the long white cloud. Jemaine and Bret (their real names) are two musicians trying to make it on the wrong coast in the land of plenty, and whose entire fan base consists of a lone female stalker. Not least charming is how the duo gently pokes fun at their own country, whose consulate is shown to occupy a small area of a dodgy building. I don't recall if the show ever made me laugh out loud, but it made me smile throughout.

Here are the episodes that worked best for me:
(Last viewed: March 2010)

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