Original Martin-Molloy comic Art for Sale

Martin/Molloy fans, this is for you to own some fantastic memorabilia.

Comics based on Comics. // Dillon Naylor

Melbourne comic artist Dillon Naylor, who created the 1996 Martin/Molloy comic book series based on Australia’s favourite radio nutbags, is releasing an omnibus of the comics. (Check out our 2015 chat with him here)

It’s on the verge of hitting the printers, but some extra funding is needed to finalise the ink and glue. So Naylor is putting up original artwork for sale on eBay to push the reality of the book over the line.

Original Martin/Molloy art by Dillon Naylor.

This is a narrow window of opportunity for comic art lovers to own some iconic comedy history, with the illustrations that were given permission by Tony and Mick themselves. Once the funds for the book have been raised, the remainder of the original art will go back into the vault for safe keeping.

If you end up purchasing some of this fantastic artwork, be proud when you see the book at your local bookstore / comic supplier – it would be there because of you.

To check what is available for purchase, check these links:

 

While you’re on eBay, check out the rest of Dillon Naylor’s original artwork that he has for sale.

We will also let you know when the book becomes available.

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN is dizzy stuff, folks

A surprise new release podcast from the desk of Tony Martin and the shared left corner of the desk used by Matt ‘Pots N Pans’ Dower has been dropped on iTunes.

While Martin isn’t a stranger to the podcast world of late, such as TEAM Effort, Little Dum Dum Club, and regular pop-ups for Nova’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny, as well as his podcast sitcom Childproof,  many fans have continuously hassled him to have his own podcast – since his highly popular radio show Get This was dropped by Triple M after a two year stunt in 2006-07. Since then, bootleg recordings of the show that he hosted alongside Ed KavaleeRichard Marsland and audio  produced by Dower exist on the interwebs to keep the dream alive.

Finally, after all these years of waiting, Martin has finally done something about it, and has laid down Sizzletown.

Welcome to SIZZLETOWN, the world’s first late-night call-in podcast, hosted by comedian and broadcaster Tony Martin, with Matt Dower on the Pots n Pans. The concept is flawed at best, the callers are highly suspect, and the whole thing is in constant danger of flying off the rails. Enjoy! (Sensitive listeners should note that Tony has done his best to ensure the podcast is free of problematic content.) WARNING: Problematic content.

 

With the first episode now launched, if you’re a hardcore fan of Martin’s theatre-of-the-mind and wacky audio grabs, this is for you. In a mock-style radio shift, Martin explains that it’s purely just him and Dower putting the show together, throwing in audio grabs, ‘long time listeners / first time callers’, what he’s found on YouTube (mainly watching the RSS feed of SomersCarroll uploading episodes of The Daryl Somers Show from 1982) and other topical pop culture references that he usually tweets about.

It’s a borderline love letter to his fans who have asked for this. So if you are waiting for Martin to get back onto radio full-time, this is the podcast for you.

Subscribe to Tony Martin’s ‘Sizzletown’ via iTunes.

Update: Also available via Podbean for Android users.

‘Childproof’ podcast up for award; ‘Total Football’ to cover FIFA World Cup

Do not adjust your media player, as we have some podcast news.

The recent foray into the world of podcast sitcoms for Tony Martin has paid off.  Childproof – the unproduced sitcom Martin had written for TV, but adapted to podcast format due to the TV execs claiming it was ‘too niche’, is up for a Best Comedy award for the Australian Podcast Awards. The six-episode podcast is written by Martin and Sarina Rowell, and stars Martin, Geraldine Quinn, Lachy Hulme, Roz Hammond, Damian Cowell, Andrew McClelland and many more, while produced by Matt Dower and Bad Producer Productions and recorded in front of a live audience at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017.

The winner announcement for the Australian Podcast Awards will happen May 5, 2018.

Official site: childproofpodcast.com

UPDATE: Childproof took the Best Comedy podcast award! Congratulations, Tony and co.!

And the next part of podcast news:

Our 8 & 1/2 cents a day from the ABC goes even further, with more episodes of Santo, Sam & Ed’s Total Football podcast – starring Santo Cilauro, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee. While Total Football episodes have continued to churn out over the holiday period with fresh and best-of episodes, the ABC have announced that Santo, Sam & Ed will record all-new episodes covering the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, both in audio and video form.

So you will be able to get the audio version through the regular podcast channels, the video version will feature the trio in the studio recording the episode, along with any special guests, and will be available via ABC iView – a similar setup to their 3 episode experiment in May 2017.

Official site: Santo, Sam and Ed Total Football – ABC.

“Is there a need for another ‘Frontline’?”

Martin “Marty” Di Stasio, Brooke Vandenberg, Mike Moore

In a sit-down chat with Journalist Stephen BrookJane Kennedy opens up about her radio background in the The Australian podcast Behind The Media.

The actress, producer, comedian, cook book author, tv presenter and radio broadcaster wears many hats. Perhaps best known for her role as Brooke Vandenberg on Frontline, Jane is about to return to her rock chick roots co-hosting the drive slot on Triple M with Mick Molloy.

In the episode, Kennedy is asked about how her career started, relationships in the workplace, and how Working Dog‘s 90s satirical current affairs TV show Frontline was developed on a whim. The question was asked if Frontline could be created in today’s atmosphere.

PS: The golden question is just before the 15 minute mark.

The Australian article (behind paywall).

You can currently catch replays of the 1994 – 1997 TV series Thursday nights on ABC Comedy, or on iView.

Panasonic barcodes: saving your Saturdays

Were you out of the house on the night of Saturday, October 3, 1992? (Why weren’t you home watching The Late Show!)

Those with the latest Panasonic VCRs needn’t have worried.

In the late 80s and early 90s, programming your VCR could prove to be quite a hassle, Panasonic claimed. That’s why it really pushed its barcode scanning system — by running your remote control over the show’s barcode in TV Week and confirming the selection, you could be safe in the knowledge that the timer recording for your favourite show would work — every time. With a handy five whole minutes added to the end of each show, any potential overrun would still be captured!

Yes, every day in TV Week, you would be able to scan your remote across a range of selected programs (The Late Show included) and program your VCR, with this section taking up half a page. (Later, these barcodes would be replaced by numerical G-codes.)

For what it’s worth, we were almost always in on Saturday nights when The Late Show aired, and recording it was only ever a manual affair. But it’s nice to know that The Late Show could have been a Pre-Programmed Favourite for many fans who would have preferred staying home than going to an odious dinner party.

Flashback: TV Hits Readers’ Poll, March 1994

Ah, the mid-90s. When penpals were still a thing, everyone under 20 knew who Colour Me Badd was and Bruce Samazan had not yet entered the world of real estate.

The 1993 Readers’ Poll featured The Late Show

Oh, and there was one other Australian ’90s phenomenon: The Late Show. Indeed, after two successful seasons, the ABC sketch comedy show had become so popular that it was voted “Best Comedy Show” of 1993 by TV Hits readers in their March 1994 issue, which celebrated all things pop culture from the previous year.

Looking back the the poll results reads like a quintessential mid-90s “who’s who”. The top comedy shows were:

  1. The Late Show
  2. Home Improvement
  3. Rosanne
  4. Full Frontal
  5. The Simpsons
  6. Blossom
  7. Fast Forward (the 1993 winners)
  8. Mr. Bean
  9. Married… with Children
  10. Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper
TV Hits 1993 poll results

TV Hits poll results

Another popular category included the Funniest Person on TV. That honour went to US comedian Roseanne, with Tim Allen (Home Improvement) and Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) following suit. But wait! Two Late Show cast members were also honoured, with Mick Molloy taking in fourth spot, and Rob Sitch coming in a respectable 7th, just behind Bart Simpson and Married…’s Ed O’Neill and one spot ahead of Homer Simpson.

Let’s not forget that this was an age before the prevalence of e-mail and internet voting, so votes were painstakingly cast on paper and sent in, meaning it was impossible for bots or hackers to tamper with the results — and only the really desperate would have cast multiple votes by stocking up on copies of the magazine (which cost $3.30 back then). Therefore, we can confidently say, that these results are quite scientifically robust.

Other cateogories included “Event of the Year”, number 1 being the Madonna tour, and number two being Sydney winning the Olympic Games. River Phoenix‘s untimely death also came in the top five. The “Most Annoying Single of 1993” was Ween’s Push Th’ Little Daisies, which we all know was parodied to ear-piercing perfection with Mick Molloy at the helm.

When Farnham and The D-Gen pairing ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’

2018 marks 25 years since the Australian King of Pop John Farnham released the studio album Then Again…

“Big whoop!” I hear you say – but what makes this album special, is mainly a single from the album Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time), which reached number 16 on the ARIA Charts.

“What’s your point?” You also are probably yelling – what makes this song so special, is that the video clip features the 1993 cast of The D-Generation, creating schenanigans for Farnham when he asks them for music video advice.

Cue in Santo Cilauro and his grandfather Nonno telling him to have a piano accordion, Tom Gleisner promoting the usage of a smoke machine, Jason Stephens flogging false moustaches, Tony Martin and Mick Molloy going all ‘Billy Ray Cyrus’, Molloy separately trying to squeeze in monster trucks, Jane Kennedy suggesting gratuitious violence, Rob Sitch’s obsession with the Lambada, and Judith Lucy caring for the make-up.

You can purchase the video through iTunes here.

Dovetail: Not to forget, Farnham did help out with a Commercial Crimestoppers segment too:

Happy New Year

On behalf of admin Kim, myself and a whole bunch of dedicated visitors, we just want to wish you all a happy and healthy new year for 2018.

A big thanks to the D-Generation / Working Dog team who just keep making the greatest comedy to share the laughs.

2017 has been a pretty good year for content. From –

What else could we ask for?

See you in 2018!

Childproof – The Podcast now live

The latest offering from everyone’s favourite ‘… For Dummies’ stand-in is now available, after much sizzle.

From the pen of Tony Martin and Sarina Rowell comes Childproof – The Podcast.

Childproof is an unproduced TV sitcom written by Tony Martin and Sarina Rowell. It was performed live at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe by Tony Martin, Geraldine Quinn and Lachy Hulme, alongside a gaggle of guests, and then released as a podcast.

It concerns those controversial types, the ‘childfree by choice’. They’ve been called ‘selfish’, ‘immature’, ‘unfulfilled’ and even ‘unAustralian’ – by their own families! Out of step with a world that exalts the traditional family unit above all else, Ian and Jennifer are also battling extinction in their workplaces – commercial radio and book publishing.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in September 2017,  Childproof stars Geraldine QuinnLachy Hulme, Roz Hammond, Damian Cowell, Andrew McClelland and many more. The six episode series has been produced by Bad Producer Productions and Matty “Pots N Pans” Dower.

As of Thursday morning 23rd November 2017 at 12:01am, the first two episodes have now become available for your audio players.

Subscribe for free on iTunes, or visit childproofpodcast.com to listen and ogle at the imagery.

The Campaign now on iTunes

The year was 1996 – the year of the Paul Keating /  John Howard election. It was a make-or-break election as Australia had been governed by the Labor Party since 1981 with Hawke-Keating. The Coalition was nibbling at the heels, with the threat of John Howard ready to rule the roost. Things were heating up and Parliament House was turning into a sauna.

So Santo Cilauro grabbed his camera and drove up the road from Melbourne, to Australia’s famous round-about to document it all – The Campaign.

Digital cameras are considered a luxury and mobile phones still have antennas. There is no social media. Google is a PhD research project. YouTube and Facebook are a decade away. So how different were election campaigns back…

Not much of Cilauro’s documentary has seen the light of day, until now – where it now has been officially released on iTunes to rent or buy.

So do yourself a favour and check out this magnificent time capsule of Australian politics in the mid 1990s now.