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Laughing with James Nokise
Still laughing: James Nokise grew up watching M.A.S.H, Cheers and Taxi.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
Nokise talks to
about growing up in the
1980s, the Edinburgh
Festival and soccer.
What was it like growing up in
Newtown during the 1980s?
Newtown was not as bour-
geoisie as it is now, but we did
have two video stores, United
Video and Video Cave, which is
where I got my first Transformers
video. I love video stores.
Why is that?
They are where I find my zen. I
can happily get out a bunch of
videos and watch them all.
Where did your love of film
My mum was really into film.
She would take us to the Para-
mount back when they screened
old black and white films. I love
theatres like that. I remember the
old Mid-City too. I snuck into Pulp
Fiction there when I was 12. It
Your family were prominent
church members, weren't
My grandfather was one of the
first Pacific Island Church
preachers in Wellington, in New-
town, so he has a lot of mana. My
father was a Pacific Island
Church preacher in Petone and
was the principal of the Pacific
Theological College, so he has a
lot of mana, too.
Yet you chose to become a
comedian. What did you father
I still clearly remember that
conversation with my dad. I was
studying law at the time. We were
sitting on his porch, he was smok-
ing a cigarette and having a drink.
I told him I really passionate
about comedy. He took a sip of his
drink, a puff of his cigarette and
said, Law is very good'.
Why did you study law?
I love public speaking and
debating. Also, my mum was
working for the parliamentary
counsel and I had met people who
were involved with ground-
breaking legislation like prosti-
tute law reform and civil unions. I
was surrounded by law. And mum
was into the television show Yes
Minister, which I liked, too.
What other television
programmes did you enjoy as
I loved Cheers, Taxi and
M.A.S.H. And I remember sitting
around in the lounge watching
Billy T re-runs. We couldn't
believe what he was getting away
with. He basically called everyone
racist, and everyone was laugh-
How did you get into com-
I was doing a play at university
and [comedians] Dave Smith, Ben
Hurley and Steve Wrigley were
involved. Steve was running the
Victoria University impromptu
theatre club, and he and Ben bull-
ied me into joining. I've never
Do you remember your first
Yes. I didn't know what to do
with the mike stand and my mike
technique was terrible. I talked
about flights between Australia
and New Zealand because I had
just come back from Australia.
The audience was a good gang,
You regularly perform at the
Edinburgh Festival. What's
I did my first Edinburgh Festi-
val in 2004. I went over with a
group of New Zealand comedians
to do a showcase and it was mind-
blowing. I had never gigged so
much before. We did 40
performances in a month. It was
non-stop work and no sleep. I
loved it, so I keep going back.
Your mother is Welsh. Did
you meet that side of the fam-
ily when you were in Britain?
Yes. I went there to discover my
Welsh roots. It was amazing. It
turned out my cousins were just
like me. They're all working in the
arts and have the same sense of
humour. In Wales I felt com-
pletely Welsh, though I didn't
learn any Welsh. It's such a diffi-
cult language to learn.
You're a keen soccer player
too, aren't you?
I love football. Try being a
skinny, pale, part-Samoan grow-
ing up in Newtown, where rugby
was the main game. It paid to be
good at sport. I represented Well-
ington while I was at school, but
my knees gave out. Also my dad
gave me a lecture about sport, as
I was doing athletics, too. He said
you can be brilliant at only one or
two things, and you have to work
out whether sport is one of those
things. I still play soccer socially.
Are you a Phoenix sup-
Definitely. I've been to a few
games, but I don't take my shirt
off. Wellington really is a football
city. When you travel, especially
to Auckland, you realise how
much of a football place Welling-
ton is. Everyone says Wellington
is crap at sports, but the Phoenix
are actually quite good.
Unfortunately I haven't seen the
All Whites play. I was out of Well-
ington for their match again
Did you ever play rugby?
No. If had played, I would have
been playing alongside Ma'a Nonu
and Jerry Collins, and they would
have absolutely crushed me. If I
ever had to tackle Ma'a I'd just be
hanging off his thigh.
What do like about Welling-
Believe or not, I miss the rain
and wind when I'm away. When
I'm in the UK I always make sure
I perform in Brighton, because it
rains there. I love the view from
the hills above the Hutt Valley
especially the lights across Wel-
lington and the harbour at night,
and I love that we're a bit preten-
tious about coffee.
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