Prime Minister John Key has featured in a YouTube video (see below) to promote Napier’s 2011 Art Deco festival. In a jaw-droppingly fearless 7 minutes of non-stop banter, John chats with Australian tourist “Shaun Wayne”, played by comedian and Shane Warne lookalike, Peter Flaherty.
The clip starts with a hot and sweaty “Shaun” accidentally sitting in the Prime Minister’s vintage car, not realising who John Key is and the two get talking. In a skit worthy of any improvisation comedy show, John says that he “works for the Government” and they cover a range of “risky” topics, such as the purchase of 34 government BMW’s, floods, cricket, Liz Hurley, tourists claiming benefits and “red head” Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
John Key plays a very entertaining parody of himself with lines such as…
“I heard that nice prime minister talking and he didn’t have a clue what was going on. He bought 34 of them and he didn’t have a clue what was happening. “Honestly, the things they try and whip through, sometimes it’s beyond me.”
and in reference to Kiwi’s on benefits in Australia …
“Australians, they do that. They’re off the plane and straight to the Work and Income office signing up, getting a bit of holiday cash.”
This is one YouTube clip that I guarantee will go viral on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. After a few hours of being released, it had already hit 8000 views.
Probably the most impressive thing about this clip is that it was unscripted. Apparently, Napier City Mayor, Barbara Arnott saw it and was worried that John Key would not approve. But, as he’s shown before in his infamous appearance on the David Letterman show, John Key is not afraid to take risks with his public image.
The ‘Give an Aussie a Break’ offer is available from 28 March to 31 August 2011 with some unavailable dates. Visit www.napiercity.co.nz for more details.