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David Farrier
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Farrier in 2016
Born (1982-12-25) 25 December 1982 (age 40)
Tauranga, New Zealand
Alma mater Auckland University of Technology
  • Journalist
  • actor
Notable credit(s)
Dark Tourist
3 News
Short Poppies

David Farrier (born 25 December 1982) is a New Zealand journalist and actor. He has worked in news and documentary, including features on New Zealand television and co-directing the internationally distributed documentary film Tickled (2016). In 2018, he created the Netflix documentary series Dark Tourist, in which he visits obscure, peculiar, or dangerous tourist spots. He has also done some acting, most notably in the Rhys Darby mockumentary series Short Poppies.


Farrier started his journalism career at 3 News, and he was Nightline's entertainment reporter from 2006 until the program's end in 2013. In 2011, he made a 45-minute documentary for TV3 about the origins of "God Defend New Zealand", one of the two New Zealand national anthems. In 2014, he played a fictionalised version of himself in Darby's 2014 mockumentary series Short Poppies.

In 2015, he became co-host, with reporter Sam Hayes,of the TV3 show Newsworthy, which aired for one year. In a June 2015 episode of Newsworthy, Farrier interviewed the then-leader of the New Conservative Party, Colin Craig, in a sauna. Craig resigned as party leader the same month that the conversation aired, with some in the media saying the interview was one of the contributing factors to his leadership failing. This interview was also played during the 2017 defamation trial between Craig and Whale Oil Beef Hooked blogger Cameron Slater. In 2022, Farrier expressed regret for the interview because of Craig's political views, saying that it drew parallels to "what Jimmy Fallon did to Donald Trump. Fallon, ruffling Trump's hair. ....."

..... Farrier is a frequent guest contributor to The Spinoff, covering topics such as conspiracy theories, COVID-19, media, and culture.

In 2018, he was an executive producer and served as presenter on the Netflix documentary series Dark Tourist, in which he travels to various locations around the world associated with death and tragedy.


From 2013 to 2017, he co-hosted the cryptozoology-focused audio program The Cryptid Factor with comedian Rhys Darby and producer Leon 'Buttons' Kirkbeck.

In September 2020, Farrier appeared on the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and thereafter has worked alongside the Armchair umbrella in releasing a podcast series dubbed Armchaired and Dangerous, which discusses popular conspiracy theories.

In 2022, Farrier presented an eight-part podcast for Audible titled When a Good Man Kills, which covers the story of how the boxer Tim "Doc" Anderson murdered his manager, Rick "Elvis" Parker.


In 2014, Farrier began production of the feature-length documentary Tickled, in collaboration with Dylan Reeve. The film centres on "competitive endurance tickling" and videos featuring it, as well as those producing the videos. The film explores the legal and ethical issues of making the videos and has itself been the subject of legal challenges.

The film premiered in January 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival and was shown on HBO. In 2017, Farrier did a short follow-up documentary, with previously unseen footage, entitled The Tickle King.


Farrier publishes the newsletter Webworm, which he started in 2020. The newsletter covers a range of topics and in its early years had a specific focus on conspiracy theories, such as QAnon. ..... He has also covered stories on the toymaker Zuru's defamation lawsuit of former employees.

Personal life

Farrier was raised in Bethlehem, Tauranga, where he was home-schooled before attending the Christian Bethlehem College. .....

Farrier was raised by devout Baptists and describes his younger self as "a really good Christian". He initially enrolled to study medicine but soon lost interest in the discipline and instead entered the Auckland University of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree in 2005.

In 2012, during the government sitting of New Zealand's Marriage Equality Bill, Farrier came out as bisexual, identifying his relationship with Grayson Coutts, the son of yachtsman Russell Coutts; the couple have since separated.


Year Title Director Producer Presenter/Host Actor Notes Ref(s)
2007–13 Nightline Yes Television news program – entertainment presenter
2010 Campbell Live Yes Current affairs television program – presenter
2011 God Defend New Zealand Yes Documentary film – host
Coming & Going Yes Film – Angry Dinner Guest in Wheelchair
2012 3 News Yes Television news program – presenter
2014 Short Poppies Yes Mockumentary television series – Presenter
Manila: No Limitations Yes Documentary film – Himself
2015 Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws Yes Feature film – Himself
Newsworthy Yes Television news program – presenter
2016 Tickled Yes Yes Documentary film
Chelsea Yes Television talk show – "Brexit's Aftermath & Competitive Tickling"
2017 The Tickle King Yes Yes Documentary short
The Video Store Yes Miniseries – David (Customer)
2018 Dark Tourist Yes Yes Yes Documentary television series
2020 The Project Yes Current affairs television series – 1 episode
The George Lucas Talk Show Yes Improvised talk show – "Season III: Revenge of the Arli$$ith"
2022 Mister Organ Yes Yes Yes Documentary film

See also

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