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by murrayland » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:33 pm

The Naked Samoans are a NZ comedy troupe that are long-time frjends of the Conchords.

Two seasons of the Naked Samoans' cartoon TV show can be seen on LinkTV in the States:
http://www.linktv.org/programs/bro_town

I don't get a lot of the jokes, but it has a good spirit and broad, earthy humor.

Oscar Kightly, who interviewed Jemaine on NZ Radio last year also is a subject of a documentary LinkTV has played in the past, and now I want to see, "Made in Taiwan".
He takes a DNA test to determine where his Samoan ancestors came from and is quite surprised by the results.
http://www.linktv.org/programs/madeintaiwan

I'll keep an eye peeled for showings.

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by gezyka » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:05 pm


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By all accounts, it probably shouldn't have worked. Local comedies are a risky venture at the best of times, but embarking on bro'Town, a prime-time cartoon for adults that offends every creed and race indiscriminately, was a grand-scale gamble.

But work it has - spectacularly well. Five years after the debut of this little-show-which-could, writers Mario Gaoa, David Fane, Oscar Kightley and Shimpal Lelisi are calling time on what has been a trailblazing TV triumph.

"The success has been quite humbling," Gaoa tells View. "When we first started, we got a whole lot of emails from people, good and bad, and I thought, wow, maybe I can pay my rent for another six months at least. I was able to pay my rent for another five years."

All good things must come to an end, however, and the new series of bro'Town kicking off on TV3 tonight will be the last - at least, for now.

"We never had a cut-off date in our heads or a lifespan for bro'Town," says 37-year-old Gaoa, who voices Sione, God, Constable Bababiba, among others. "We thought, what can we do? How many more series do we think we have left? The consensus was that we should finish off on a high. But we've left it so if ever we decide to revisit it, we can."

Pondering the future was once a foreign concept for the Naked Samoans troupe, who idled between theatre gigs, "having such fun but making zero money", before striking mainstream success.

Bro'Town has literally changed their lives - and forced them to grow up.

"The biggest thing is that bro'Town has really allowed us all to get into a position in life of buying a house or having a family," says Gaoa, whose first child, Mali, was born in November. "We've grown up and grown older with bro'Town and now we're leaving bro'Town alone for, I don't know how long, which is a very big step for us."

Gaoa expects to see some emotion from his buddies when the final credits roll on the irreverent series.

"Some tears will be spilled in the last episode," he predicts. "If there's anybody going to cry it'll be Shimpal or possibly Dave - they do get very emotional." Although it didn't hit the mark with everyone, bro'Town attracted a legion of loyal fans. Its popularity was such that even Helen Clark and Rove McManus made vocal appearances. For Gaoa, the greatest source of pride has been the piles of emails from expats around the world, telling the awesome foursome that DVDs of the show made them homesick.

"In the writing process we weren't thinking about anybody else," Gaoa says. "The characters had to be funny and if we laughed, it was a pretty good indicator. We had a running battle with the network as far as scripts go but they let us run with crazy things we probably wouldn't have got away with elsewhere."

The demise of bro'Town will not leave the Naked Samoans resting on their laurels. They're hard at work on a hush-hush comedic collaboration with Eagle vs Shark's Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement. Gaoa knows this intriguing project might never have come to pass without the increased profile bro'Town gave him and his buddies. The Sione's Wedding star, doing double-duty with a role on Diplomatic Immunity, is making hay while the sun shines.

"We were lucky to find ourselves in a niche market, so to speak, which has kept us alive over the last few series. We're lucky it's animated - if people really saw us, they'd say, 'Those guys are too ugly. Get them off the TV!'."

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/television/news/article.cfm?c_id=339&objectid=10567553
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by murrayland » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:16 pm


The demise of bro'Town will not leave the Naked Samoans resting on their laurels. They're hard at work on a hush-hush comedic collaboration with Eagle vs Shark's Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement.


Yes, it's so hush-hush that the notoriously "guarded" Jemaine Clement mentioned it on a radio interview last year :-/

geyzka, thanks for the bro'Town press release. I hope Link TV runs seasons 3 and 4. It's a little uneven, but the Jeff the Maori episode managed to poke fun at both Eagle vs. Sharks and Whale Rider to good effect.
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by giggletycoon » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:00 am

Oscar did an interview with 3 News in NZ about the final series of bro'Town.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Oscar-Kightley-on-the-final-series-of-Brotown/tabid/418/articleID/100061/cat/41/Default.aspx
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by emira » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:33 pm

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