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:
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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.

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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.

Apr 25

HYBPA Return, All-Star Family Feud special and more

Synchronise your watches and get your PVRs ready, as the Working Dog team are ready to hit your TV screens again.

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First off the rank – Join Have You Been Paying Attention‘s  Tom Gleisner, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee as they go face-to-face with the team from The Living Room on Channel 10’s All-Star Family Feud special, hosted by Grant Denyer. At a special time of 7:30pm Wednesday 27th April on Channel 10.

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Second of all – Have You Been Paying Attention? returns for a fifth season. With regulars Sam Pang, Ed Kavalee and Quiz Master Tom Gleisner plus random and regular guests ready to give you cheeky belly laughs – HYPBA? returns Monday May 9 at 8:30pm on Channel 10.

Third – No official announcement yet on the start date for Working Dog‘s animated series Pacific Heat for Foxtel, other than sometime around May, 2016 – after it was delayed from a 2015 broadcast.

Still Number Four – No word yet for a third season of Utopia, as seen on ABC TV. But the series has been getting a replay on ABC.

 

Tonga.

Apr 03

Three Logie Nominations for Working Dog

Photo: Channel 10 Twitter

Photo: Channel 10 Twitter

A big congratulations to the team at Working Dog with three nominations for the 58th Annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The nominations were announced at The Crown in Melbourne today (Sunday), with Tom Gleisner on location with many other potential nominees.

The ABC dramedy series Utopia based on a government organisation with Rob Sitch in the lead role, received a nomination for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, while Channel 10’s comedy quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention? received Most Outstanding Entertainment Program and Best Entertainment Program. (Yes, both awards are separate).

Fingers crossed for some wins!

While the Working Dog team aren’t strangers to Logie nominations and wins, with three nominations and strong ratings for both shows, their chances are great.

Plus, it’s a great excuse to drag out this classic clip with the guys and girls slightly ‘under the weather’, collecting their award for Frontline in 1998.

The 58th Annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held May 8, 2016.

Apr 03

Get This 10 Year Anniversary

April 3, 2006 – Triple M Management decided to unlock the security door and give a guy who looked like the “For Dummies” cartoon a radio show. Not just any radio show – as this Comedian has had many years radio experience behind the mic and behind an office partition. But a show which is closely compared in comparison as the closest thing you’d get to having the old drive show Martin/Molloy back on air…

.. then again, it’s one half of that comedy duo.

Tony Martin was given a swipe card, a Black Thunder driver for a Panel Operator (which turned out to be a lie – he’d didn’t know how to panel), and an Audio Producer to work the pots and pans. Combine them with a billion John Howard audio grabs and the desire for tongue-in-cheek humour, plus a one hour show starting at 9am weekdays – the radio show Get This was born.

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With his arms loaded with VHS tapes of TV shows and movies to source audio grabs from, plus an up-and-coming comedian/actor Ed Kavalee who was gradually becoming a household name with the support of Working Dog, the first show began just like every other new show – sounding like a professional version of Blast FM.

With the theme by The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So the show was ready to go.

The first episode started with trying to get an idea on what the show needed in content. As Tony summarised:

The show will take gratuitous pot-shots at prominent public figures, and generally piss-fart around.

It sure lived up to that hype. With the talents of Kavalee and audio guru Matt “Pots N Pans” Dower, sketches and audio snippets galore polluted the airwaves.

In the early days of the show, Kavalee was hired – other for his sense of humour which echoed Martin’s – originally as the Panel Operator of the show. However, it was revealed that Kavalee had little skills in controlling such a thing, Panel Operator  Rob “Bear” Kidd stepped in for a few weeks. He was eventually replaced by skilled show anchor, comedy writer, Anne Wills fan-boy and Panel Operator Richard Marsland, who over the period of the show run, eventually became a prime-time player.

Also Exec Producer Nikki Hamilton and Cecelia Ramsdale and Kate “Monty” Dimond on the Phones, because it takes more than one person to drive a show.

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While the first show did not have a co-host, friends and stars of the entertainment world started to appear as guests. Peter Rowsthorn was the first co-host to appear, followed by Tom Gleisner, Fifi Box, Andrea Powell, Glenn Robbins, Lachy Hulme, Cal Wilson, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, Greg Fleet and many other Australian talent.  Even Mick Molloy filled in while doing his show Tough Love. Other than local, there were some major international stars dropping by, such as Futurama‘s Billy West, Weird Al Yankovic, Will Arnett, Dylan Moran, Kevin Smith and many more.

In 2006, the show had the time slot of 9am – 10am. When Get This returned for a second season in 2007, it was extended to two hours and moved to 11am – 1pm, but towards the end of the year, it was moved to 2pm – 4pm.

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Phoner topics went under the header of Talkback Mountain with the wacky sound effect of a Yodeler dancing with a mountain goat, followed by the phone ringing.

Eventually the theme would evolve into other song remixes, such as X-Files, Vienna,and System Of A Down – just to name a few.

Audio grabs were used and were mainly played out of context, making it more humorous. Snippets have included then Prime Minster John Howard, Karl Stefanovic, Police Ten 7, Rex Hunt, Warwick Capper and more.


 

Over the two years, running jokes have been so many to list, but some stand-outs were:

  • Marsland’s addiction to Farmers Union Iced Coffee
  • Kavalee’s passion for food
  • Martin’s constant ribbing towards Triple M Management
  • Greg Fleet’s Jumperpants idea
  • Marsland singing the Vengabus
  • Trying to remember a Keith Urban song
  • Ed electricuting himself live on air by accident
  • Marsland’s Warwick Capper Calls
  • Patterson Lakes Primary School rivals
  • Rex Hunt’s address to the Nation
  • Dealing with Dickinson
  • Kim Beazley’s theme song from The Taking Of Pelham 123
  • The tampering of regular songs played during the show – Martin would have inserted grabs or a mini sketch…
  • Anything Nickelback, Big Brother, Nik Kershaw…

Seriously – there is WAY too many to mention.

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Other than the podcasts available to download from iTunes and the Triple M site, in 2006 Martin released Get This: Illegal Download – a 1 CD album with a collection of best bits. A thousand CDs were produced, and given away for free to listeners who asked for them and random callers to Talkback Mountain, and are now collectors items as they were never officially for sale.  We here at Champagne Comedy also ‘preserved’ each episode of the show in full, which is now shared in various corners of the internets.. if you look hard enough.

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In April 2007, the team discussed themes for months to dress up in (Borgust for August = dress up in the most pissweak robot costume), as well as wearing satiny caftans – but one made a mark – Capril. A month where the general public would wear capes while doing every day activities. A Capril t-shirt was also printed and given away. Unfortunately, a sad event would eventually be associated with Capril, which will be explained later.

When the show’s fate was announced mid October 2007 that it would be axed, a fan base turned up out front of the Triple M Melbourne studios and protested. That’s how popular of a cult following the show was. On the last episode (November 23, 2007) then radio rival from Vega Shaun Micallef joined the guys on the show, since Micallef was also axed from his breakfast show and was technically free from any conflict.

 

Thanks to social media, fans united in areas, mainly the Get This – Tony Martin, Ed Kavalee and Richard Marsland Appreciation Society. Here, they actively trade quotes, comments, photos, and other bits that are Get This relevant.

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On December 6, 2008, the news of Richard Marsland’s passing shocked fans to the core. As more information surfaced on his death, it was revealed that Marsland had a history of depression. As a way of honoring the person who made many people laugh, Capril has developed into a permanent April feature to raise awareness on depression and to donate to BeyondBlue. You can read more on Capril at Capril.org.  A special podcast called “Richard Marsland Lives” was also released – a compilation hosted by Martin and Kavalee.

Today – the guys still get politely hounded with random quotes from fans, and they love the fact that the 359 episode show is still going strong after 10 years. If you’re on Twitter, drop them a line, or follow @TLSChampagne and @GetThis_Occ using #ImRichard hashtag and quote the month of Capril away.

… and I’m only scratching the surface here…

This is dizzy stuff folks!

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