A quick word with Jeremy Corbett, who teams up with
his radio mate and cohort on 7 Days Paul Ego for Friday
night sitcom-meets-stand-up show The Radio.
Paul Ego (left) and Jeremy Corbett team up for The Radio.
So The Radio. Where did the idea come
When I was working with Kim [Adamson], and Paul was our
producer, on the Kim and Corbett [breakfast] show on More FM,
we made a tongue-in-cheek,
how-to-make-breakfast-radio-educational video, which is still
used in radio schools around New Zealand.
But anyway, from there Paul and I decided to make a comedy
festival show from it, which was basically Paul and I on air
and that's pretty much the blueprint for the TV show. So Paul
comes from Heavy FM, and I'm from Lite FM, and we team up on
this new radio station.
The contrast between Metallica and Shania Twain works well
on the show actually.
That is taken directly from the stage show, and it's not a
million miles from the truth either [in terms of music
So are you playing yourself, or a version of
A slight version, I hope. Because I don't think I'm quite as
vacuous as the person I play on the show. I think I'm a
little more self-aware, but there's not a big stretch, I
suppose. But, a bit like any workplace, during our radio
careers we've all taken the piss out of the generic radio
announcers, so it's quite easy for us to tap into that. And I
remember being on air on More FM and The Simpsons had
two radio announcers who did that really generic commercial
radio schtick, and it was like, ''Man, that's pretty
The show is unique in that it's part stand-up and part
sitcom with a live studio audience. What was that
We actually wanted to show a bit more of the audience. But in
a way, all of us weren't quite sure what we were doing, and
we were making it up as we were going along. So Paul and I
were always keen on that live element, but you have to be a
bit careful about how you do it. It will be interesting to
see how it's received because I'm so close to the tinkering
of the working parts that I can't see it as a whole show.
Irrespective of all that, I really want to make more
[episodes] because I feel like after making six I only just
have a handle on what it could be.
Jon Toogood [from Shihad] was your guest in the first
episode. Will there be guests every week?
Yep, that is essentially the format every week. We have a
celebrity guest come along and sit in, and Jon was first up
and he set such a great benchmark; he was really really good.
And every single one of the guests exceeded our expectations.
They need to be a certain type of celebrity guest though,
Well yeah. They need to be able to sing the show's theme song
for starters. But most of them said it was pretty simple,
which was a bit disappointing since Paul and I wrote it.
And Urzila Carlson as the receptionist is at her staunch,
She will steal the show. It's that South African blood, eh,
she's always right, even when she's wrong.
7 Days has been a huge success, so where does
The Radio sit on the local TV comedy scene?
The Radio is one of the spin-offs from 7 Days.
And I think there will be several spin-offs, because 7
Days has just opened that door a little bit for comedians
to talk to the powers that be in television and make new
shows. Although I think 7 Days and The Radio
are quite different because 7 Days has a very broad
appeal, whereas I'm not quite sure what The Radio's appeal
will be just yet, because it certainly doesn't have anywhere
near the number of jokes that 7 Days has. So I think
it's just one of those great things that's happening with
comedy at the moment where people are getting the opportunity
to take their projects to the next level.
- The Radio screens on Fridays at 10pm on