Comedian Billy T James (1948 -1991) or William Taitoko to his family had many contributions to make to New Zealand entertainment. He starred in his own TV show, performed on stage and even made a movie . He joined the Maori Volcanics in the 1970s and performed around the world. Going solo in Australia and then New Zealand saw him in great demand for his skits and impresions and his cabaret singing. He starred in The Billy T James Show and Radio Times on TV and the feature film Came A Hot Friday. He was New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1981 and Entertainer of the Decade in 1985. "If it wasn't for the Poms you'd all be the same colour as me, mate!"
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