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Taika Cohen and Taika Waititi, one and the same overachiever extraordinaire.

by gezyka » Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:59 am

Comedy timeline:

1996: Waititi (as Taika Cohen) stars in comedy show So You're a Man at Bats Theatre with future Flight of the Conchords' stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The three wear skin coloured "nudie suits".

1997: Clement and Waititi (as Cohen) perform as comedy duo Humourbeasts. They win the Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

1999: Humourbeasts win a $5000 TV2 Billy T Award for up-and-coming comics.

2000: Humourbeasts hold fundraising shows to perform at Canadian comedy festivals.

2004: Waititi tours solo stage show Taika's Incredible Show.

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... Recent theatre productions Taika has devised, written for, and performed in include sell-out comedy show Humourbeasts: Humouroids, sell-out STAB show AAAAARGH! The Live Movies” (2000), sell-out show “Little Che” (2001), and sell-out STAB show LIVE TRANSMISSIONZ (2002). Taika’s stand up comedy show “Taika’s Incredible Show” sold out at BATS. ...

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by gezyka » Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:59 am

So You're A Man (1996)


gezyka wrote:I never realized this due to obvious distractions, but the guy on the right is Taika!

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Photographer's caption: I took this pic of the boys before they became famous outside of nz, for a promo shot of them appearing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, I think around 1995 or 1996.

1995 or 1996?? :o They were BABIES!!

If only those other guys would scat (doesn't say who they are), we'd have a nice topless photo of the three of 'em... :P
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by gezyka » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:42 am

Taika's Incredible Show (2004)


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(by Taika :))
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by gezyka » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:22 am

Humourbeasts (1997 - 2000)




gezyka wrote:Posting this here too because it can never be posted too many times:







gezyka wrote:






(Courtney )


from Jemaine's thread:

emira wrote:ok, so if one footage is not enough for us, here is one more





Link to the Humourbeasts thread in Jemaine's section.
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by gezyka » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:46 am

Virtual Reality Cowboys


emira wrote:I almost didn't recognize him, but who should that be with Jemaine if not Taika?



It has its own thread in Jemaine's section here. :)
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by gezyka » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:06 am

Radiradirah (2010)

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New views for new year
4:00AM Thursday Oct 22, 2009
By Scott Kara

TV3
The two best TV picks for next year are likely to give you a good laugh. The first, RadiRadiRah, is a local sketch show from the makers of bro'Town and the other, Modern Family, is a mockumentary starring Ed O'Neill, best known as Al Bundy from 80s show Married With Children.

RadiRadiRah stars many of the Naked Samoans, including Oscar Kightley and David Fane, along with comedian and star-for-hire Rhys Darby and director Taika Waititi, in a show that pokes fun at popular culture and modern life while "pushing the boundaries of prime time television". ...

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10604521&pnum=0



gezyka wrote:Taika is in this Rhys interview! He's here and there beginning at about halfway.

Click!!

Oh, Taika and his wigs.....

I really hope we get to see this show at some point.


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gezyka wrote:cross-posted from the RadiRadiRah thread:



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by gezyka » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:07 am

gezyka wrote:cross-posting the excerpt about Taika from the Radiradirah thread:

Radiradirah: A pack of jokers
By Jacqueline Smith
4:00 AM Thursday May 20, 2010

New show Radiradirah has assembled a comedy dream team in a cast where Boy goes bro'Town and it's Fred Dagg v Flight of the Conchords. But is putting them all in a sketch show a good idea?


The creators of Radiradirah have assembled a comedy dream team for their new sketch show. Photo / Supplied

... It was named Radiradirah because bro'Town's Mack (the gay character) was particularly fond of the phrase and, as Mitchell says, it's kind of silly and open to anything.

She and Kightley began writing, commissioning (and sometimes shelving) concepts for serials, and managed to get some of the biggest names in local comedy involved - Rhys Darby, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and - the godfather of them all - John Clarke.

"It was one hell of a wish-list - we were lucky that they were available," Kightley says.

But for Waititi it was more a case of being willing to juggle than having a free schedule. He flew from Wellington to Auckland in the morning to film Radiradirah, and returned to Wellington at night to edit the soundtrack to Boy, every day for five days. He stole sleep on the plane and in the makeup chair.

Waititi plays Captain Hemi T. Cook in the segment Space Waltz, a serial that will run across the eight episodes.

It's set in the year 3010 and Captain Cook and his team are searching for a new galaxy to house the 10 million New Zealanders who have been evacuated to the South Island as the country sinks into the Pacific Ocean. The sketch also stars Darby who is in love with Teuila Blakely's character, and John Clarke (his bits were filmed in Melbourne, where he now lives) who plays the Prime Minister, Hone.

"I like doing that sort of thing, it's having fun with a bunch of guys you like," Waititi says from New York while on a break from filming in New Orleans.

He met Kightley 15 years ago when he was working on Skitz and Telly Laughs, and the pair have bounced about ideas for films, sketches and shows ever since.

Kightley thought it was about time Waititi brought back the alien character that was part of his stand-up routines six years ago. The bushy-browed creature with an under-bite now acts as the putty between segments on Radiradirah.

"He's an immature alien. It's like, what if the earth was being taken over by aliens but the aliens were just teenagers just doing it for fun," Waititi explains.

"He does some weird commentaries. I'm surprised it's even been allowed to come back, he's so weird."

The alien is odd, yes, but not the most offbeat aspect of the show. ...

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gezyka wrote:Another clip of Alien!Taika from Radiradirah:



I want to squish him. And I'm assuming those are his sketches?
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by emira » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:35 am

An Alien introduces himself ;D





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by emira » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:54 am

Space Waltz [image] [image] [image] ;D

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by emira » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:14 am

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by emira » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:42 am


Taika Waititi takes one of his stand-up characters to the small screen, as we follow the adventures of an ordinary Alien, out to destroy earth, on a very small budget.




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by gezyka » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:22 am


emira wrote:
Taika Waititi takes one of his stand-up characters to the small screen, as we follow the adventures of an ordinary Alien, out to destroy earth, on a very small budget.




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I hope he stays weird always and forever. [image]
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by emira » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:31 am


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we need alien Taika smiley :D
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by sargifster » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:22 pm


emira wrote:

we need alien Taika smiley :D


Two alien smileys for your approval: :)

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