27 Sep 2020

Educators - TV sitcom without a script

From Standing Room Only, 2:47 pm on 27 September 2020

The first series of improv comedy series Educators on TVNZ on Demand was a smash hit for its creators Jonny Brugh, Jackie Van Beek and director Jesse Griffin.  So it's hardly surprising the team got a second series, which has just dropped this week.

Jonny Brugh plays Principal Jarred Needham - well-meaning, chaotic, but with his heart in the right place.  The opposite of the character of Deacon, his suave vampire in What we do in the shadows, in other words.

Lynn Freeman asks Jonny how do you totally improvise a TV sitcom, what limits do you set yourself and your collaborators?  And why did they choose a school setting for the series?.

The second series of Educators is currently playing on TVNZ On Demand.