Johnny Hayseed with a city feel


Funnyman Te Radar is revelling in his unlikely new role as “the rural community’s go-to guy”.

The motormouth Kiwi comic is the special guest at the Lake County A&P Show at Lake Hayes on Saturday.

And he reckons his living-off-the-land TV hit show Off the Radar has given him the ideal qualifications to judge fun competitions such as best thistle, best scarecrow and best bale of hay.

“I now seem to be an urban-rural crossover,” he says. “People know I’m no expert on the countryside but they do know I’m a guy who lived there for a while and didn’t die – they respect that.

“When I visited Christ­church recently, a woman even said she’d named her goat after me so I’m definitely gathering some credibility.”

Radar will also compere this 95th annual A&P show, which takes on a new focus towards rural lifestyle-type living.

But he says he’s also looking forward to traditional entertainment like the Kiwi Lumberjack Show.

“Seeing these people throwing axes and chainsaws around is astounding,” Radar says. “It’s a bit like watching a rural ballet – without the tutus and pointy shoes.

“It’s a fascinating skill and I’ve tried it. But I almost packed myself, standing on a log and chopping away. It was traumatising.”

The comedian has been filming a new TV series called Radar’s Patch.

It features more countryside adventures and will be screening on TV One later this year.

“It’s going to be like Off the Radar except I’ve been taken off a lifestyle block and put on a quarter-acre section with no cows or pigs – but a lot of chickens.”