Mike King Tonight


Mike King TONIGHT is an up-to-the-minute, topical, 9.30pm chat show starring Mr Mike King and featuring the irreverent comedy style that has made him a household name.

The show is built around an established star, and – in the style of David Letterman – it follows the tried and true classic chat show format. Recorded weekly in front of a live studio audience, Mike King TONIGHT is a hip mix of studio guests, stand-up comedy, live music, field items and recurring comic characters. Mike King writes a lot of the material, supported by a strong team of writers and contributors.

The show is an ‘occasion’: a big event with top entertainers and a live band. It is taped in a TV theatre with an audience of several hundred people. There is a simple and functional set – host’s desk, interview chairs, performance area, band area. The studio is lit well but not brightly, to give a sophisticated night-time look.

Mike King TONIGHT is a television landmark for New Zealand: at last, a mature weekly entertainment programme showcasing our top talent, and presenting a specifically New Zealand point of view. Mike King is one of the few people with the ability to host such an important show.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Host: Mike King

Producer: Stephen Campbell

Line Producer: Toni Williams

Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Tony Holden

Director: Wayne Leonard

Field Director: Matt McPhail

Assistant Director: Tierre Daniell

Researcher: Sophie Hakaraia

Make up Artist: Carla Banks

Set Design: Mike Chapman

Writer: Matt McPhail

Head Writers: Mike King, Andrew Clay

Production coordinator: Marilyn Burgess

Production assistant: Wendy Dahberg

Production accountant: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: New Zealand on Air and TVNZ