A Thousand Apologies

Friday, October 10th at 9:30pm

Over the last six weeks they have made us laugh, cry and feel every emotion in-between, but unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye to the most politically incorrect series on television, A Thousand Apologies finals on Friday, October 10th at 9:30pm on 3.

Over the season, A Thousand Apologies has addressed the diversity of the pan-Asian experience in contemporary New Zealand. Edgy, irreverent, and occasionally rude, the series has satirised stereotypes and situations that are familiar to many New Zealanders: from beleaguered homestay students to overqualified Indian parking wardens, possessive Indian mothers to overachieving Chinese students.

Created by a group of pan-Asian writers and directors who formed the A Thousand Apologies Collective, the series has certainly proven to be a groundbreaking comedy from an Asian New Zealander point of view. But where did they get the inspiration for the show?

“We dug deep into our selves and families and environment to laugh at what makes us different and same,” says A Thousand Apologies producer Shuchi Kothari of the groups inspiration for the offbeat skits featured in the series.

“Without the strait-jacket of political correctness, we’ve drawn upon our everyday experiences to explore what it’s like to be among the country’s fastest growing minority group,” she adds.

But when asked what tricks does the team have stored for the hilarious season finale, all Kothari had to say was; “Don’t be afraid to laugh. We won’t report you,” being careful not to give anything away.

So make sure to tune in and find out what she’s referring to when A Thousand Apologies concludes on Friday, October 10th at 9:30pm on 3.

Friday, September 26th at 9:30pm

A Thousand Apologies, the hit local sketch series which addresses the diversity of the pan-Asian experience in contemporary New Zealand continues on Friday, September 26th at 9:30pm on 3.

Edgy, irreverent, and occasionally rude, the A Thousand Apologies story began in 2002 when Shuchi Kothari formed the Thousand Apologies Collective. At the time all Collective members were students of Auckland University’s Postgraduate production programme. However they shared something else in common: they were of various Asian extractions. And it was this diversity that motivated them to make a television show to represent their experiences.

“While we worked on our projects, went to film festivals around the world, won awards, we kept in touch socially. Despite our large screen successes, we continued to lament our humourless representations on the small screen: that is when we were lucky to see ourselves there,” says Kothari.

In 2005, Kothari and Pearson, who by now were both senior lecturers at the University of Auckland, applied for the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Development Fund to make a half hour pilot of the sketch show A Thousand Apologies.

Six of the eight-member collective wrote over a period of two-and-a-half months. “We dug deep into our selves and families and environment to laugh at what makes us different and the same. By the end of October we had 143 sketches.”

“In March 2008, we shot for six weeks. 143 sketches, 288 characters, and 60 locations. The four directors of our collective worked on overdrive.”
And it seems this madness has paid off. Kothari and Pearson are now proud to offer New Zealand’s first pan-Asian comedy show – A Thousand Apologies. Make sure not to miss this new chapter in New Zealand television history when the hilarity continues on A Thousand Apologies, screening Friday, September 26th at 9:30pm on 3.