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VIDEO: From Crime To Comedy

07 Feb 2024

WATCH: After getting his life back on track after a stint in prison, former gang member Richard Fa'avesi explains how his creative outlet paved the way.

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This video is made with the support of NZ on Air Public Interest Journalism Fund.

Richard Fa’avesi had always dreamed of being in the creative scene. 

He thought about becoming a rapper, a Broadway actor but has now settled as a stand-up comedian.

What makes his creative journey more impressive is where he’s come from. 

A former gang member who spent years behind bars, Fa’avesi now uses his past experiences to influence his comedy.

He’s now turned his life around with the help of faith and comedy and hopes to inspire others to do the same.