The 90s: what a time to be alive

Genuine 90s pencil tin with pictures of Keanu, The Simpsons, stress – and The Late Show, of course.

Were you obsessed with The Late Show in the 90s? Depending on how old you were, you either stayed up and watched it, or watched it before you went out on a Saturday night. I was old enough for its M rating, but still in high school. So, when I wasn’t re-watching the tapes throughout the week I spent most of the time adorning my folder, ruler and pencil tins with photos of The Late Show crew (and Keanu Reeves), and collecting TV Week and TV Hits articles about the D-Gen — right until I finished my HSC.

It was about a year ago when I got the chance to finally meet Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy at their Triple M Long Lunch – where we brought along some of this memorabilia, which I think they found amusing!

The Late Show photos adorning my year 11 folder. Photocopied from the precious originals, of course!
25 years later, our obsession still remains.

Now if only I can find out where my Late Show shirt is… most likely moth-eaten and scrunched up underneath some negatives from the 1993 trip to the Warrumbungles.

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN returning Feb 7

Birds are dumb.

Or so The Pikelet Man believes.

The highly popular late night call in podcast Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN is returning to our earbuds February 7, 2019.

Hosted by Tony Martin and under the button-pushing of Matt “Pots N Pans” Dower, SIZZLETOWN takes phone calls from various forms of life, with Martin trying to decipher each call, while Dower supplies the vast library of sound effects (three) and dealing with the dolphin black market.

The thinly veiled satire of Tony’s background in radio will guarantee to give you a decent laugh – whether it is the mysterious bees that appear out of nowhere when a certain word is mentioned, or the mis-adventures of Dion who is an ‘ideas man’, or what sexist stand-up is happening at The Busted Nut comedy store, and random celebrity guests, SIZZLETOWN will definitely have you entertained for 30 minutes of your life every fortnight.

Subscribe to SIZZLETOWN now through the following:

iTunes
Podbean
Spotify

So… what’s it gonna beeeee?

Other links:

PS: If you like what you hear from Season One, do yourself a favour and show the love by voting for them in the Australian Podcast Awards.

Vale Jimmy Hannan

We are sad to hear the passing of Australian TV personality Jimmy Hannan, who has passed away at the age of 84.

A prominent face of Australian Variety TV in the 60s and 70s, Hannan also appeared in Season Two of The Late Show as a musical act that was held at the end of each episode.

The musical finale sign-off was for Mick Molloy to organise the musical guest for the episode to perform with their signature tune – as instructed by Tony Martin. However, Molloy always happened to misunderstand the instructions, and often get a personality that was polar-opposite to requested artist.

In this case, Martin asked Molloy to organise Jimmy Barnes to perform “Working Class Man”, but thought Martin said ‘Jimmy Hannan’…

This scene is also available as an Easter Egg on Olden Days / Bargearse DVD.

Champagne comedy…

Flashback: D-Genocide Supplement

Who doesn’t love a supplement in the middle of your daily newspaper?

Step back to the bicentennial year that is 1988. After jumping ship to Christopher Skase‘s Channel 7 from a successful two season run at the ABC, The D-Generation troupe whipped up four specials for the network: The D-Generation Goes Commercial, D-Genocide, and The D-Generation’s Tribute To Roy Smeck (The D-Generation Country Homestead was done in 1989).

From our archives, we look at the second special created – D-Genocide. A precursor to The Olden Days and Bargearse shown on The Late Show, the team redubbed clips of the Crawford Production police drama series Homicide from the 1960s, and used some of the bits as segues or breaks between sketches.

Sydney Morning Herald – Sunday October 9, 1988
Sydney Morning Herald – October 10, 1988
D-Genocide review – The Age – October 11, 1988

Not to forget, if you have worn out your VHS or DVD copy, you can get the ‘Best Of’ compilation of all four specials mentioned above in The Best And The Second Best of The Original D-Generation on iTunes for the low price of $9.99AU here.

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!