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Funny In Failure

Oct 17, 2022

Hayley Sproull is an actor, comedian, TV & Radio Host, writer, director and is New Zealand’s Jack of all Entertainment trades.

You may recognise Hayley immediately, having been the host of HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION and THE GREAT KIWI BAKE OFF for the past 3 years. She populates the airwaves too, on ZM's Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley Breakfast Show.

Hayley burst on to the scene in 2012, after graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting in 2011. Her passion for theatre and comedy lead her to create a number of successful comedy works, and earned her an array of praise and accolades, including Best Newcomer at the NZ International Comedy Festival back in 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 2013 and Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2016. She was also nominated for an NZ Film Award in 2014 for her role in the short film School Night.

She has been a writer on many series including Jono and Ben, 7 Days and Funny Girls, with a weekly segment Hayley Bailey featuring on the Jono and Ben show. She still regularly creates comedy content, and fits in acting roles when she can, most recently you will have seen her in the sitcom Golden Boy which premiered in 2019 and ran for two seasons. 

Also, she has hosted many events including the 2018 Comedy Fest Gala, the Queenstown Winter Festival, Big Wednesday at The Classic, and the Basement Theatre Christmas Show. When she isn’t writing, performing or composing, you’ll still find her on the marching field with her team Royal Command.

We chat about her passion for marching, culture and belonging, PCOS, creating pathways for success, starting radio, hosting a bake show, being a goth, my favourite word… pivoting, entertainment and juggling multiple professions.

The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

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