Comedy gig stands out from social haze

Dai Henwood. Photo supplied.
Dai Henwood. Photo supplied.
As part of O Week's celebrations, a live filming of the TV show 7 Days will be recorded tonight at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Cast member, comedian and Victoria University alumnus Dai Henwood spoke to the Otago Daily Times before the show.


Q: If you were to take any career path other than comedy, what would it be?

A: I would be a rural postman - everybody likes the postman. Plus, they know a little too much about everybody in the community. It would be nice being able to go down to the RSA and know everybody's secrets. That makes me sound a bit weird, to be honest - I would be a Lotto winner if I didn't work in comedy.

Q: Describe your fondest memory of being a student?

A: My fondest memory is having very hazy memories - I must say I loved university. It was a great social time and a time where I realised how little I actually knew. My fondest memory would be travelling to the University Comedy Competitions in Auckland and performing my first stand-up gig as a double act. Ewen Gilmour was our MC and he told me we were great. That gave me the impetus to continue.

Q: How did your career in comedy come about?

A: I never really chose a career in comedy; it came about organically. Ever since I was young I can remember making people laugh and it made me feel really good. Then when I did my first gig I knew that comedy was for me. It was quite a while before it became a career and I supplemented my income managing a bar. I won the Billy T Award in 2002 and that gave me some money to invest in my career and a good launch pad. From there everything went from strength to strength.

Q: Describe your hairiest moment in Dunedin?

A: Probably MC'ing a talent quest at The [Captain] Cook ... There was a mix of students who were trying stand-up and a middle-aged pole dancer. Things were very hard to control and the night got out of hand. Needless to say, I missed my flight the following morning.

Q: What were you doing at the age of 18?

A: Stand-up comedy, wedding DJ'ing, and studying drama and Eastern religion.

Q: What is next for you?

A: I am doing a stand-up show with Ben Hurley in Dunedin on March 13.

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