Dai Henwood: How Zen Philosophy Helped Him Ride the Highs and Lows of Comedy

Dai Henwood: How Zen Philosophy Helped Him Ride the Highs and Lows of Comedy

Episode 27: Dai Henwood

Dai Henwood was born and raised in Wellington and trained in Theatre and Film at Victoria University. He moved into Stand-up comedy winning best new face in 1999’s Pulp Comedy on TV 2 and then the prestigious TV2 Billy T Award in 2002.

From there, Dai toured Melbourne and Edinburgh in 2003. In 2004/5, he performed the sell-out shows “The Hot Stepper” and “Champagne Table Tennis,” at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Dai also performed in Tokyo at The Comedy Store and through out Britain and Australia. In 2006, he worked with Rhys Darby in “The Every-men.”

Dai was then given his own TV show on C4TV called ‘Insert Video Here,’ which quickly became a cult classic. The momentum continued in 2007 when he won the coveted Fred Award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and became a household name with his TV Series ‘Roll the Dai’ on C4 Television. Dai was scouted to perform at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal where he starred in a television gala hosted by Jeremy Piven. He is currently a Team Captain on TV3’s 7 Days and the Host of TV3’s Family Feud 5:30 weeknights. Both have become appointment viewing in Kiwi households.

  • Nathan Seaward
    Posted at 08:42h, 28 June

    What do you think of the episode?

  • Nathan Seaward
    Posted at 08:43h, 28 June

    What was your biggest takeaway from Dai’s episode?

  • Zac Bruce
    Posted at 10:01h, 29 June

    That was a good one Nathan,
    Being an Ozzie I don’t know the guy but he sounds like an excellent man to have a beer with.
    People mistake happiness and fun for the same thing. Happiness is a state of quiet contentment. – and your response, happiness is a state of being not doing.
    – there’s a difference in being a wanker and just having confidence in your skill ????????

    • Nathan Seaward
      Posted at 03:25h, 30 June

      Hey Zac, awesome to hear from you. Thanks for the comment. I thought Dai had some great little lessons all the way through…