Remembering Richard Marsland

Today marks ten years since the death of radio personality Richard Marsland, aged just 32. Richard was an instrumental part of the Get This show.

Tributes and memories are flooding in today as people remember Richard and the impact he had on their lives using the hashtag #ImRichard. Here are just a small selection of tweets:

 

We all miss you Richard!

“Mick and myself are knackered, and it’s time for this program to have a bit of a lie-down”

 

A misguided production in association with half baked ideas and ill-conceived concepts proprietary limited.

On this day 20 years ago – November 23, 1998 – our favourite bunch of radio nutbags Tony Martin and Mick Molloy made the announcement that after four years of the highly successful drive show Martin/Molloy, they were pulling up stumps.

Broadcasting across this big, brown, flat, mysterious, crazy country through the 2DAY Radio Network, Molloy and Martin, alongside the support team of various producers and talent, delivered laughs and toilet humour to millions of listeners, winning ratings points, and ARIA awards for their comedy albums.

The Age – Nov 24, 1998

While their final show was December 4, 1998 (more to come in a future article), here is the November 23rd episode with the announcement that we’ve dug out of the ChampagneComedy.com fan archives, with guests Russell Gilbert and Paul Hester for your enjoyment.

 

The final episode is available to listen to here.

“What happens when a joke goes down like a lead balloon?”

In some rare footage from the ChampagneComedy.com fan archives, we dig into a feature shown on ABC’s TVTV from 1993 as The D-Generation dive into their second season.

In the video:

  • Tony Martin and Mick Molloy give an insight on how some jokes are roughly put together,
  • Rehearsals and critiques on performances
  • The feeling when a joke goes down like a lead balloon – Santo Cilauro and Judith Lucy explain
  • Judith Lucy joining the team
  • The demand of studio audience tickets
  • Achieving cult status

This is definitely champagne comedy.

Returning in 2019: HYBPA? and Utopia

A great way to wrap up the end of 2018 after a whirlwind and jam-packed year for Working Dog, the announcements over the last couple of weeks are our favourite shows are returning for 2019.

Announced shy of a month ago, after CBS (owners of Channel 10) announced that they bought the international rights to the funny quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?,  the announcement of Tom GleisnerEd Kavalee, and Sam Pang will return for a seventh season in 2019.

Recently at ABC’s Upfronts – where a presentation on what is coming to the Broadcasting Corporation the following year, it was announced that the tongue-in-cheek and scarily realistic view of a government body Utopia starring Rob Sitch is returning for a fourth season.

Congratulations Working Dog – we’re all looking forward to many more laughs in 2019!

Street Interviews in Marrickville

Ever walked down a street or visited a location and think “this place is familiar”?

You could easily walk around Melbourne and find places that featured or referenced in The Late Show due to the fact that it was all based there (Stax of Slax, The Bolt Bloke, Melbourne Cliches, anyone?) In 1993, there was a single episode based in Sydney to celebrate the winning Olympic bid, where the team hit the heart of the city.

One of the regular segments was Mick Molloy and Tony Martin doing their ‘Street Interviews’ which they hit the footpaths of Darling Harbour and Marrickville.

Fast forward 25 years later, and a The Late Show fan Marc Bulmer decided to do some reminiscing.

I got to thinking recently how it’s 25 years since Sydney was awarded the host city rights for the 2000 Olympics. Which means it’s 25 years since Tony & Mick came to Sydney to get a feel for the place after that decision by ‘Juan and Tonio’. Who could ever forget that bloke being interviewed in Marrickville! He was laughing at everything – funny or not. Anyway, I was in Marrickville yesterday, and I’ve gotta say, every time – for the past 25 years – that I’ve gone through Marrickville, whenever I’ve seen that “Dentist” sign, I’ve thought of The Late Show. I walked that same stretch of footpath yesterday and the sign has survived! No sign of the Laughing Marrickvillian, though …

 

That “Dental Surgeon” sign has lasted through 8 Prime Ministerships, the Millennium bug, the Olympics and the ill-fated return of Hey Hey It’s Saturday.


What locations do you get a kick out of today that remind you of The Late Show?

Have You Been Paying Attention? goes worldwide

A big congratulations is in order for the team at Working Dog.

The hit TV quiz series Have You Been Paying Attention? (HYBPA?) has been picked up by TEN Network U.S. owners CBS for worldwide rights to the series.

Pang, Gleisner, Logie, Kavalee.

Beginning in 2013, the fast-paced quiz show hosted by Tom Gleisner, alongside regular panelists Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang, started as a 30 minute show on a Sunday night containing rotating chairs of guests answering topical questions of the week, often with humorous results. While not originally a ratings winner, the show built an audience slowly, moving time slots and eventually extending to an hour, settling on Monday nights and winning numerous Logie awards.

This is not the first venture that Working Dog has had with expanding their content to international audiences. Their previous theatre sports series Thank God You’re Here format was sold to FremantleMedia, who in turn licensed the rights to 18 countries.

Congratulations to everyone at Working Dog Productions!

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures Season 3 now on DVD

After recently gracing Australia’s flat-screens over August and September 2018 after a 14 year absence, Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures Season 3 is now on DVD.

Everyone’s favourite accident-prone Outback Adventurer continues to deliver the laughs (and advice that should be taken with a grain of salt) after a successful return to Channel 10, under the watchful eye of Tom Gleisner and Glenn Robbins.

Russell’s ground-breaking series All Aussie Adventures originally screened on Network Ten in 2001. With his trademark khaki shorts, challenged sense of direction and apparent imperviousness to pain Russell quickly established himself as an outback icon. Over the course of two series he managed to win fans while simultaneously destroying large swathes of protected bushland. All Aussie Adventures came to an end in 2002 after a court order prohibited Russell from coming within 500 metres of any marsupial. But the ride wasn’t over. Not by a long shot. Now, almost 15 years since he last set fire to a national park, Russell Coight is back with brand-new instalments of All Aussie Adventures. In this series Russell returns to the outback to catch up with some old mates, share a few important survival tips and introduce us to some of his favourite native species. An impassioned wildlife lover, Russell considers these animal encounters as series highlights. The RSPCA calls them “evidence”. Either way, it makes for must-see TV.

Just in time for christmas, you can get Season 3 separately, or get “The Coight Collection” consisting of Season 1, 2, 3 and the Celebrity Challenge over 4 discs.

Now available at all decent DVD retailers.

Currently not available via digital, but we will keep you posted.

The Late Show obsession

Anyone who watched The Late Show in their youth — and particularly if you were aged around 14 to 17  — may remember how it was a major talking point at school on Monday mornings. Episodes were dissected, knowing looks were exchanged when you heard the year 12s singing Ouchy Wouchy Heart in the quadrangle, and you treated the year 7s quite derisively because they were too young to understand exactly what the humour actually involved (oh, and they were too young to even watch it).

The first Late Show “social media”

My friends and I used to write in little diaries, the early 90s equivalent of Facebook. The Books, as they were known, were a kind of information exchange, a meeting place for comments and analyses about TV shows, music and teachers.

Below is a comment from someone who wrote in one of The Books. “I can’t believe I missed The Late Show,” C. wrote. “I miss Mick so much. PLEASE SOMEBODY — FIND SOMEONE WHO TAPED IT. I’m so sad. I get so depressed with I think I missed it. I ❤️ MICK MOLLOY. Mick rules.”

A comment from a Mick fan

Further on I replied to C by summarising the highlights from The Late Show episode she tragically missed. Our obsession was summarised by our friend Anne who wrote:

THEY LIVE, BREATHE AND EAT IT.. THEY CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT IT. THERE IS NO CONVERSATION IN WHICH THEY ARE NOT MENTIONED. THEY DO NOT GO FOR MORE THAN TEN MINUTES WITHOUT MENTIONING THE SUBJECT… AGAIN. THEY LIVE FOR SATURDAY NIGHTS. THE REST OF THE WEEK IS SPENT IN A DAYDREAM, LONGING FOR IT, WAITING FOR IT, WATCHING RERUNS OF IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN…THEY HAVE MEMORISED ENTIRE SKITS FROM IT, CAN RECITE 2 DOZEN SEPARATE QUOTES FROM IT, SOON THEY WILL KNOW ALL THE SCRIPTS BY HEART. IT IS MORE THAN FANDOM. IT IS OBSESSION.

The first Late Show website

In 1996, I decided to create a website dedicated to The Late Show. This was hosted on the now-defunct Geocities free hosting platform. Background GIF images had just become possible so I created one in Paint, but my imagination did not extend too much beyond the blue links and the black text that exemplified most homemade websites of the day.

No photographs or TV stills were included. The guest counter showed exactly how many people were coming to the site, and I received emails from so many people who were appreciative of my page!

The site included a brief history of the D-Generation, as well as key quotes from the two seasons. Season one highlight included Tony Martin’s Neil Diamond monologue, Desmond Tutu sketch, the Tony Martin as Informer send-up, and a few quotes from Graham and the Colonel. Some longer scripts such as the Dinner Party conversations, which had been originally transcribed by my equally obsessed friend Kinuyo at the time of airing, were also reproduced.

In later years, I was able to host a forum which linked off the site, and the community of fans began to grow, particularly when new projects from D-Gen alumni cropped up. Ah, the good old days!

Flashback: A bunch of D-Generates

Ill-conceived.

Sloppy.

Elitist.

Unfunny.

Such harsh words to describe a late night sketch comedy TV show that has evolved from the heydays of the Triple M breakfast show. But that’s “old people” talk.

Diving into our archives here at Champagne Comedy, we have another treat for you. From the pages of the August 17, 1992 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Journalist Paul Pottinger chats to Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner.

The Late Show is still finding its feet after only being on air for a couple of months, and dealing with criticism and comparisons in other Australian comedies.

1992-08-17 Sydney Morning Herald – Click to enlarge

Tony Martin sings ‘Summer Of 69’ as Blakey

Blakey from “On The Buses” and Tony Martin – just not in that order.

Alright you lot – this post was due out 10 minutes ago!

As part of 3RRR’s Radiothon fundraising drive, in which listeners contribute funds to subscribe to one of the largest community radio stations in Australia, there is not a lack of names that appear on the station.

With a deep, rich history of talent passing through the doors since 1976, the D-Generation members are regulars in the hallways – whether broadcasting their own shift, or being a guest.

On Tuesday 21st August, Tony Martin joined his good friend Dave Graney on his show Banana Lounge Broadcasting, and was enticed to help raise subscriptions by singing the Bryan Adams classic, Summer Of 69.

While the song itself is a running joke to the legions of Martin fans, the bonus was that Martin would sing the song as Blakey from the UK classic TV series On The Buses.

To listen to the entire episode, visit the 3RRR On Demand link here. While you’re there, SUBSCRIBE and keep the dream alive (and possibly more impressions).