people

Who is behind the funnies?
We work with a collective of wonderfully creative folks - here's our three core people:
 

Josh Samuels

photo by Stephen Patience
Josh has been writing for the past 10 years.
He completed a Post-Graduate Diploma (Film and TV) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he studied TV writing under Geoff Portmann (former head ABC TV Comedy).

Josh also studied improv under Julie Welch of The Groundlings when he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

He wrote and starred of all three of Bt5W's full length show, What is Humour?, What's in a Man?, and You Can't Beat Wellington. He regularly performs as a stand-up around Wellington.

He draws great influence from Joseph Campbell’s work and strives to use these universal mythic themes in order to tell stories which are relevant to our lives.
 
More pix of Josh available here.

Merrilee McCoy

photo by Damon Bailey
Merrilee has dabbled in various forms of theatre – from long-form improv and Shakespeare, through to singing and improvised musical comedy.  She's performed, directed, written and produced productions.
 
Merrilee and Josh have worked as a creative partnership since 2007, writing and performing both in Brisbane and their new home of Wellington.
 
Most recently, Merrilee trained with Keith Johnstone at the world-renowned BATS Improv in San Francisco.
 
In 2010, Merrilee guest starred in WIT's show Gods and Heroes, as the goddess Athena and featured as an Improv Diva in the 2010 Comedy Festival.
 
Merrilee has a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), from QUT in Brisbane, Australia.
 
More pix of Merrilee available here.

Wiremu Tuhiwai

Wiremu has starred in musicals; Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brigadoon, Rush! and a New Zealand play The Big O.E. all performed at Hawkes Bay Playhouse Theatre in Hastings.
 
Wiremu improvised with Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre under the name ‘Strange Habyts’ from 2003 - 2005.
 
This began his love affair with improv.
 
When he moved to Wellington in 2006, he joined WIT and has been part of numerous shows such as Micetro, Catch 23, Gods and Heroes and, the very popular Young And The Witless.
 
In 2009, Wiremu featured in the sold out (and extended!) Fringe season of Frogs Under the Waterfront.

More pix of Wiremu available here.