Peter Rowley on working with the great Billy T James

Posted 04 April 2022
Dane Giraud speaks to comic actor and writer Peter Rowley about working with a man who is still universally considered New Zealand's best comedian - the late Billy T James.
Dane Giraud
Contributing Writer

Peter Rowley on working with the great Billy T James

Free Speech Union spokesperson Dane Giraud speaks to comic actor and writer Peter Rowley about working with a man who is still universally considered New Zealand's best comedian - the late Billy T James. Peter would often play the 'straight man' to Billy's gallery of cheeky characters but wrote much of the material with Billy too. So just how troublesome were the censors to Billy and Peter back in the early to mid-'80s? We open a window on New Zealand television history is an often moving discussion, in which Peter gives an intimate account of creating and performing the shows with Billy, and how some of their more famously un-PC jokes came together. Were they setting out to shock? The answer may surprise you! www.fsu.nz/join

Dane Giraud is a South Auckland-raised TV and comedy writer and member of New Zealand's Jewish community.