Aug 17

Graham and The Colonel and The Games

If you’re not following this site on Twitter yet (@TLSChampagne) we post a lot more there than on this site. Just like this little gem that Twitter user Meerkatlookout sent through.

A comparison shot with Games commentator Scott McGrory sounding awfully like Graham & The Colonel’s Graham!

Nailed it!

Aug 06

Happy Barcelona Olympics!

Champagne Comedy is wishing you all a great Barcelona Olympics ! We really hope that our bid for Sydney 2000 is a success… with no silly air jumps. Go, “Syd-en-ee”!image

Aug 01

Radio A Game Changer for Martin

Tony Martin. (The Soap Actor, Cyclist, Crooner, and Escape Artist not pictured)

Here’s one for Tony Martin fans out there.

The people at Bad Producer Productions and Craig Bruce Coaching bring you the next installment of The Game Changers: Radio podcast – the Tony Martin episode.

In the first season, Martin’s former radio sparring partner Mick Molloy spoke about his start and experiences, and now it’s Martin’s turn.

Now into the second season of Game Changers: Radio, guests have already featured this season include Amanda KellerMatt Tilley, Hamish BlakeRichard Stubbs and Fifi Box. In this latest episode, host Craig Bruce talks to Martin about:

  • His first venture into radio in New Zealand
  • Becoming a copywriter at FM104 (Triple M) Brisbane
  • Getting his foot in the door with The D-Generation
  • Various projects he’s written for
  • The origin of ‘Tommy G and The Fatman’
  • How The Late Show was created and originally failed
  • How The Satanic Sketches nearly didn’t see the light of day
  • The creation of FM Playhouse
  • The mechanics of Martin/Molloy
  • Having Get This developed and the yo-yoing of the timeslot
  • Everyone’s favourite Panel Operator and Contributor – Richard Marsland
  • Will Tony ever return full-time to radio

If you haven’t already, Game Changers: Radio is a podcast I encourage you to subscribe to, if you want to know the behind-the-scenes of your favourite past or present radio show and talent. The podcast itself is already shortlisted for the Mumbrella Publish Awards 2016 Best Podcast.

Here’s Episode Thirteen with Tony.

Subscribe to Game Changers Radio and check out radiogamechangers.com

Jul 22

Podcast Fix

Looking for something to listen to on your bus trip to Bowral or the drive around Melbourne to look for all the cliches? Here’s two new podcasts for you to stuff your media player with:
HYBPAPod

Have You Been Paying Attention? Podcast

If you missed any episode of HYBPAand don’t have enough data to stream the episodes via TenPlay, you can enjoy each show as an audio podcast. Click here for the iTunes Podcast Link

 

T.E.A.M Effort with Ed Kavalee Podcast

TEAMEFFORTPodThis brand new podcast fresh off the sandwich press is hosted by Ed Kavalee, along with Ash Williams as his sidekick, and with guests Lawrence Mooney and Tony Martin. The idea behind this podcast is to “bring together special guests to help you lead a better life. Results may vary”.

Yeah… we’ll see about that.

Click here for the iTunes Podcast Link.

Got a podcast shows or episodes that have starred the D-Gen / Working Dog and associated? Shoot us an e-mail champagnelateshow@gmail.com

Jul 22

Your favourite Rob Sitch Impression

"What we NEEEEEED…!"
"Like a TIGER!!"
"I could go on and on… and I will…"

What's your favourite Rob Sitch impression?

Posted by The Late Show on Thursday, 21 July 2016

May 31

Rob Sitch is Red Faced (Tribute to Thunderbirds)

Rob Sitch on Hey Hey It's Saturday 1984

Rob Sitch on Hey Hey It’s Saturday 1984

Since late 2014, Daryl Somers has been releasing full archive episodes of Hey Hey It’s Saturday on HeyHey.TV – accessible via a paid subscription.

In an upcoming release, episodes from 1984 and 1985 will be available – including an episode of the early days of The D-Generation, before they were actually D-Generation.

The Melbourne Uni Revue, to be more precise – acting out a Thunderbirds parody, with Rob Sitch, Nick Bufalo and John Harrison.

Down the track, the concept was revisited on their own show on the ABC in 1986-87 on The D-Generation – and featured on the Best Bits Of The D-Generation releases.

And not to forget, the redubbing of Thunderbirds as Blunderbirds on the show Our Place.

And as a dovetail, in 1996, Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy did a radio serial based on the Thunderbirds, called Implausible Rescue, which was played on the Today Radio Network.

If you have any more Implausible Rescue or Blunderbirds recordings, contact us champagnelateshow@gmail.com

May 17

Radio A Game Changer For Molloy

MolloyheadHere’s one for the Mick Molloy fans out there.

While Molloy’s career has expanded over film and television, the area close to his heart is radio.

For over twenty five years, Molloy has wedged his foot in the door in radio broadcasting. From community radio 3CR, to Triple M, The TODAY Network and back to Triple M again, he is a comedic radio veteran.

He recently sat down with former National Head of Content for SCA Craig Bruce for a podcast called Game Changers – a behind-the-scenes look in radio, covering successes, failures and backgrounds of radio talent on-air and off-air.

In the final episode of Season 1:

  • Bruce probes Molloy on how he got his start with The D-Generation Breakfast Show
  • How much did he rely on The Late Show for profile
  • How Martin/Molloy was formed
  • What was the precursor show to Martin/Molloy (hint: it starts with “B” and ends in “Wang”
  • The infamous rooftop shed
  • How close Going For Bronze nearly involved Martin for a reunion
  • His failures and successes in the industry
  • The one career he always considers his number one gig when everything falls apart

As someone who works in radio, while this one episode is mind-blowingly amazing – the Radio Game Changers podcast is great to listen to if you really want to find out how various talents got to where they are and what’s involved. It isn’t chalk and cheese, but it’s a great industry to work in. No spoilers.

Listen to the preview Bruce’s chat with Molloy:

You can listen to the full episode here: http://radiogamechangers.com/mick-molloy/

Or subscribe to Game Changers Radio

May 16

Review: Tony Martin at the Sydney Comedy Festival

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Tony Martin’s stage at the Factory Theatre, Marrickville

Tony Martin
The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Friday 13 May 2016

“Who’s on stage again?” asked a female two seats down from me.

“Tony Martin,” her plus-one hissed back as the lights went down.

I was, of course, aghast. Who doesn’t know who Tony is, I thought. Was Tony’s show so unpopular that they were giving away front row tickets? Tony Martin, star of the D-Generation’s Late Show, avid writer of hilarious autobiographies, cameo king, drive-time radio star… would this woman even get any of the jokes?

I needn’t have worried. By the end of the night, the woman was in hysterics, along with the rest of the audience, many of whom were wearing the kind of nondescript jeans and shirt combo that Tony popularised in 1992.

Tony — just a man and his microphone — didn’t skip a beat during his performance. Opening his show by quoting some choice coverlines from a mediocre, poorly-researched biography of Michael Douglas, it was all uphill from there. Sure, sometimes he told  familiar tales that fans would know from his books and radio shows — the haemachromatosis “iron man” saga, for instance, and his favourite discussion about the dying breed of video stores — but he put his own spin on them and still made them sound fresh and funny, even if we knew what joke was coming. It is, of course, all in the timing and delivery. Tony’s impersonations of dole bludgers and talkback radio whingers was so very, well, Tony.

Tony acknowledged later to me on Twitter that the show went on some tangents at times (audience members threw random quotes at him like “How come?” and “Stacks of Slacks!”), but he handled them perfectly well, just as a seasoned performer would, and it was all good.

Tony Martin

Rushed off stage

One particularly lengthy monologue involved him describing his bowel cancer screening kit which arrived in the mail once he’d turned 50. His colourful description of how it all went wrong, and his musings about who on earth would be involved with unpacking the multiple layers of biohazard packaging in order to analyse the results (which he was unable to get organised in the first place), were absolulely hilarious. So that story did go on a tad long (“and that ends the arse portion of the night”), but there were plenty of other tales of awkwardness, missed opportunities and, thrillingly, some old Late Show references. These included a bit of “New York, New York, it’s wonderful town” dancing, a discussion about Warner Bros Movie World and the pissweak Yahoo Serious attraction, and Tony’s discussion of beige slacks (which at least harks back to the Neil Diamond monologue he did during The Late Show).

The show was soon over — and Tony’s swift exit meant that no one could even get a proper photo of him. But when your audience all leaves with a smile, there’s a realisation that leaving your social media at the door for an hour and immersing yourself in some comedy can be pretty life-affirming!

May 05

Martin and Cilauro on Nova

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As announced this morning on Chrissie, Sam and Browny on Nova 100 Melbourne, our favourite radio guy Tony Martin is filling in for Sam Pang while he’s covering Eurovision for SBS, beginning Monday May 9. He’ll be on from 7am weekdays.

Also, to match the story header, Santo Cilauro has been making regular appearances every Friday on the same show.

You can either listen to Nova in Melbourne on 100.3FM, stream online at Nova100.com.au, download their podcast available on their site / iTunes, or wait for us to add it to the collection in the audio archive, which the links are up top of the site.

Either way, you’ll get your dosage in one form or another!

May 03

Archive: Tony Martin on The Today Show (2009)

Back in September 2009, Tony Martin was doing the rounds, promoting his new book A Nest Of Occasionals. To help promote his second book of grammatical wonder, he popped up on the Stefanovicator’s show Today on Channel 9, interviewed by Lisa Wilkinson.

No short circuitry here.

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