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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 …

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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. 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 …

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Temporary forum downtime UPDATE: Forum is back!

UPDATE: Forum is back! Thanks for your patience! Hi everyone. A quick news update. The forum is down temporarily due to a security precaution, but hopefully it will be up again in the coming days. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the shenanigans on the Facebook / Twitter page, and sorry about the inconvenience!

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”![rating=null]

Review: Tony Martin at the Sydney Comedy Festival

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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 …

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Review: Who Weekly Best & Worst Dressed 1992

It was November 1992. Somewhere in between Bill Clinton being voted 42nd president of the United States and the Church of England allowing women to become priests, a copy of Australian “newsy tabloid” Who Weekly would have arrived at The Late Show headquarters. Poking fun at celebrities was what The Late Show cast did well, …

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Flashback: Best Bits of The Late Show Vol. 3 review

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The August 3 1994 issue of Smash Hits magazine is choc-full of retro references including East 17, Lois & Clark, Reality Bites and more, but there’s also this gem: a review of The Late Show Best Bits Vol. 3! “You’ll need your sides sewn up from all the laughter!” On page 12, you can also …

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From the archives: Jokers get smart

More gold from the archives! The ageless Jane Kennedy featured as a contestant on Sale of the Century with other funny people from the 1990s including Marg Downey and Andrew Denton, and here’s an article all about it from one of the Sunday TV listing guides.

Santo Cilauro’s Auto-biography

Behold! Another clipping! Back in 1993, Santo Cilauro posed with his beloved 1987 Alfa Romeo 33 Boxer for The Australian Magazine (here’s the PDF). “This car’s always full of junk,” he apologises, “because we film so many things ourselves on The Late Show. There’s an old street directory, for instance, that’s lost its middle pages. …

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A trip down memory lane: old Late Show clippings!

I have rediscovered a treasure-trove of clippings from The Late Show days, kept in a folder for 21 whole years – because that’s what 16 and 17 year olds did back then, as we didn’t have the ability to scan them and put them on the internet. (We also photocopied them at the school library, in black …

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