The final episode in the decades-long satirical Clarke and Dawe series has been released, following the sudden death of John Clarke earlier this month. Our whole family will miss Thursday nights with this witty, dignified and quietly cutting satirist. The disgraceful conduct of the Murdoch owned Newspapers in the 2013 Federal Election towards the Labor Party shows how unrepresentative some of the Australian media has become. It was always relevant, always sharp, always pithy, it just didn't fade away. Guests include Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, Gina Riley, Sam Neill, Andrew Knight, Philip Adams, Max Gillies, Colin Lane and Frank Woodley. The series demonstrated the continuing ecological and spiritual value of Kakadu. They weren't following, they were leading.
His audience had a great connection with him as well. But Riley's first conversation with Clarke was several years earlier, just after Channel Seven aired the first episode of Big Girl's Blouse — the skit program Riley created with fellow comedians Jane Turner and Magda Szubanski. The people of this country may have delivered an inconclusive result this election, but one thing was certain: politics provided a lot of inspiration to our comedians. If you are going to have the nerve to make jokes about the news in Australia, you do so knowing that you will never clear the bar set by John Clarke. Clarke always wrote two completely different scripts for the program each week, and he and Dawe would film both. Autopsy on a Dream provided a fascinating account of the turbulent history of the Sydney Opera House and a snapshot of 1960s Australia. He is forever in our hearts.
Introduced by long-time friend and collaborator Bryan Dawe, John Clarke: Thanks for Your Time will feature a line-up of those closest to the legendary comedian reflecting on his career and contribution to comedy and film. It goes without saying that he had a huge influence on me and our show. Two men, a couple of chairs, a great script — the perfect satirical format. The reconciliation value of this and the previous series cannot be underestimated. Clarke and Dawe skewered the two rivals in a skit, with Clarke playing both men.
It was an informative and engaging account of the Whitlam government and serves as an important archive of Australian political history. In this final episode, Clarke plays a National Broadband Network employee discussing neologisms. It has been released with the permission of Clarke's family and his long-time collaborator, Bryan Dawe. We always respected the audience and they respected us. I rang him to ask permission. I said 'Why is that? It all went into the mix. Neill says it was ever-present in his comedy, too.
From the 1970s when he introduced Australian audiences to his character Fred Dagg from his native New Zealand, to his work on The Gillies Report and The Games, John Clarke was a central figure in Australian comedy and satire. The comic duo that starred in the program — Colin Lane and Frank Woodley — remember Clarke as a supportive mentor who helped them find the confidence to trust their instincts. Stevenson says he and Clarke would individually write the scripts for each episode before giving them to the other to edit. This documentary including its destruction and eventual recovery is the subject of the prologue The Dream of Perfection. Whatever that middle ground is, John Clarke deserved the Nobel Prize. He was different to anyone, you couldn't possibly live up to that standard.
In this final episode, Clarke plays a National Broadband Network employee discussing neologisms. Neill remembers running into Clarke in a university cafeteria about a week before his final exams. But the two differ in some significant ways, Knight says. John's family has asked that their privacy be respected at this sad time. Mr Keating, who led the country as prime minister through the early-to-mid 1990s, was not spared by the pair.
Before the successful challenge, Mr Keating, as treasurer, made an unsuccessful tilt for the leadership in a drama that was breathlessly covered by the press. Unlike many of his peers, Clarke actually cared about the things he wrote satire about, Stevenson says. Introduced by long-time friend and collaborator Bryan Dawe, John Clarke: Thanks for Your Time will feature a line-up of those closest to the legendary comedian reflecting on his career and contribution to comedy and film. Their friendship was sealed over more serious ideas. Because of the right-wing bias in some sections of the Australian media, I feel compelled to counter their negative and one-sided version of events.
For program previews, press kits, additional images visit the login required. Clarke always wrote two completely different scripts for the program each week, and he and Dawe would film both. Introduced by long-time friend and collaborator Bryan Dawe, John Clarke: Thanks for Your Time will feature a line-up of those closest to the legendary comedian reflecting on his career and contribution to comedy and film. Clarke was brilliantly funny-that laugh out loud response as he got to the nugget of the truth with a turn of a phrase or a pause or a sigh. Wish John Clarke was doing Barnaby Joyce this week. Clarke would then decide which episode would go to air. We are aware of what he has meant to so many for so many years, throughout the world but especially in Australia and New Zealand.
While Clarke is known in Australia for his ability to parody personalities of all kinds, in New Zealand he is still best known for his 1970s breakthrough character, Fred Dagg. Call him back an hour later, he still hadn't arrived. Beloved husband of Helen, father of Lorin and Lucia, grandfather of Claudia and Charles and father-in-law of Stewart Thorn. John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. And there was always a point to it.
I will miss him- Australia will be worse off without him. Dawe spoke about the rhythm the pair had producing the weekly series. My thoughts are with his family, Bryan and the Australian viewing public for their loss. The front fell off today. He was a sort of genius.