In the remote event that you haven’t caught up with it yet, here’s the video of John Key’s appearance on the David Letterman show (you might have to endure a commercial first).
I’d score his performance a “10” … not so much for John Key, he’s not a “natural” as a comedian, but definitely for New Zealand. It doesn’t hurt at all that Letterman introduced the PM by citing Conde Nast rating New Zealand one of the top five places in the world to visit for each of the past six years.
The humor (I’ll stick with the American spelling under the circumstances) was classic Letterman/American — perfect for his audience.
To Americans looking from afar, NZ comes across a bit as “the little engine that could” — pint-sized, but noble in intentions, positively striving, gloriously endowed with natural beauty, and deserving of goodwill.
And if all Kiwis are like Jemaine and Bret, they must be damn likable!