NAME: Eteuati Ete
PLACE OF BIRTH: Fusi, Samoa
EDUCATION: New Zealand Drama School. Eteuati is one of the founding members of New Zealand’s first Pacific Island theatre group formed in 1981 called, Taotahi.
KNOWN FOR:Comedian in the two-man stand up comedy group ‘Laughing Samoans’. Eteuati has extensive Stage, Film, Television and Radio experience.
VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Fusi
SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Eteuati is one half of the comedy duo ‘Laughing Samoans’ with Tofiga Fepulea’i, and brother of Igelese Ete
- His parents served as ministers of the Samoan Congregational Christian Church (EFKS) in Newtown, Wellington
- Taotahi staged the first full length Pacific Island play ever performed in New Zealand called ‘Le Matau’ (1984) in which Eteuati played the lead role.
- Eteuati wrote and performed the first solo show by a Pacific Islander in New Zealand (at The Depot, 1987) called ‘The Johnny Smith Myth’.
- 2003 – Premiered his solo show called ‘Laughing With Samoans’ which was an instant hit, selling out in Auckland and twice in Wellington. The show was MC’d by Tofiga Fepulea’i who opened up the event with his own set. Eteuati was so impressed with Tofiga’s set, that he later decided to team up with him to create the comedy-duo group, the ‘Laughing Samoans’.
- First Samoan to attend the New Zealand Drama School
- First Samoan and Pacific Islander to write and perform a solo show in New Zealand