The Late Show obsession

Anyone who watched The Late Show in their youth — and particularly if you were aged around 14 to 17  — may remember how it was a major talking point at school on Monday mornings. Episodes were dissected, knowing looks were exchanged when you heard the year 12s singing Ouchy Wouchy Heart in the quadrangle, and you treated the year 7s quite derisively because they were too young to understand exactly what the humour actually involved (oh, and they were too young to even watch it).

The first Late Show “social media”

My friends and I used to write in little diaries, the early 90s equivalent of Facebook. The Books, as they were known, were a kind of information exchange, a meeting place for comments and analyses about TV shows, music and teachers.

Below is a comment from someone who wrote in one of The Books. “I can’t believe I missed The Late Show,” C. wrote. “I miss Mick so much. PLEASE SOMEBODY — FIND SOMEONE WHO TAPED IT. I’m so sad. I get so depressed with I think I missed it. I ❤️ MICK MOLLOY. Mick rules.”

A comment from a Mick fan

Further on I replied to C by summarising the highlights from The Late Show episode she tragically missed. Our obsession was summarised by our friend Anne who wrote:


The first Late Show website

In 1996, I decided to create a website dedicated to The Late Show. This was hosted on the now-defunct Geocities free hosting platform. Background GIF images had just become possible so I created one in Paint, but my imagination did not extend too much beyond the blue links and the black text that exemplified most homemade websites of the day.

No photographs or TV stills were included. The guest counter showed exactly how many people were coming to the site, and I received emails from so many people who were appreciative of my page!

The site included a brief history of the D-Generation, as well as key quotes from the two seasons. Season one highlight included Tony Martin’s Neil Diamond monologue, Desmond Tutu sketch, the Tony Martin as Informer send-up, and a few quotes from Graham and the Colonel. Some longer scripts such as the Dinner Party conversations, which had been originally transcribed by my equally obsessed friend Kinuyo at the time of airing, were also reproduced.

In later years, I was able to host a forum which linked off the site, and the community of fans began to grow, particularly when new projects from D-Gen alumni cropped up. Ah, the good old days!

Flashback: A bunch of D-Generates





Such harsh words to describe a late night sketch comedy TV show that has evolved from the heydays of the Triple M breakfast show. But that’s “old people” talk.

Diving into our archives here at Champagne Comedy, we have another treat for you. From the pages of the August 17, 1992 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Journalist Paul Pottinger chats to Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner.

The Late Show is still finding its feet after only being on air for a couple of months, and dealing with criticism and comparisons in other Australian comedies.

1992-08-17 Sydney Morning Herald – Click to enlarge

Tony Martin sings ‘Summer Of 69’ as Blakey

Blakey from “On The Buses” and Tony Martin – just not in that order.

Alright you lot – this post was due out 10 minutes ago!

As part of 3RRR’s Radiothon fundraising drive, in which listeners contribute funds to subscribe to one of the largest community radio stations in Australia, there is not a lack of names that appear on the station.

With a deep, rich history of talent passing through the doors since 1976, the D-Generation members are regulars in the hallways – whether broadcasting their own shift, or being a guest.

On Tuesday 21st August, Tony Martin joined his good friend Dave Graney on his show Banana Lounge Broadcasting, and was enticed to help raise subscriptions by singing the Bryan Adams classic, Summer Of 69.

While the song itself is a running joke to the legions of Martin fans, the bonus was that Martin would sing the song as Blakey from the UK classic TV series On The Buses.

To listen to the entire episode, visit the 3RRR On Demand link here. While you’re there, SUBSCRIBE and keep the dream alive (and possibly more impressions).

Flashback: From Very Silly to Serious

We dig into the archives of the group that is The D-Generation to see one of many early steps of birth.

ABC TV producer Frank Ward was on the hunt for some fresh new talent to fill the time slot void that Australia: You’re Standing In It created. He knew that university revues were a magnificent source of talent.

From the humble stage of The Melbourne University Revue in 1983, Marg Downey, Santo Cilauro, John Harrison, Rob Sitch, Michael Veitch and Magda Szubanski deferred their own degrees to be part of the comedy group The D-Generation.

1986-01-20 Sydney Morning Herald

They weren’t alone though. Tom GleisnerTrevor Johnson, Brendan Luno, Nick Bufalo and John Allsop were put behind the scenes as dedicated scriveners. In 1985, a pilot was produced for the ABC, and on the 13th March 1986, the first episode of The D-Generation was broadcast.

In this article from the Sydney Morning Herald January 20 1986, Downey talks about the format of the new show and how the team gets along, while Ward describes his experience in Australian TV comedy and how optimistic he is with this new show and cast.

This is the first of many articles from the archives we have – so stay tuned for more!

Airdate: Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures Season 3

Australia’s favourite outback traveler Russell Coight is hitting the road, again!

After a 14 year absence since his telemovie gave his ego a bit of a boost, the threat of the Coight has been haunting us for the last couple of years. But now, the team at Working Dog and Channel 10 have given ol’ Russ a date of return:

Mark in your smartphones 7:30pm Sunday August 5 to see Coight and his best mate impersonator Glenn Robbins hit the road for thrills, spills, and good o’ fashioned tips on how to survive in the Outback, to making your campsite your home.

While you’re awaiting his return, catch up on the first two seasons, now available on iTunes (unfortunately, no longer available on Google Play)

All Aussie Adventures Series 1: iTunes
All Aussie Adventures Series 2: iTunes

‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ wins while Tony Martin’s voiceover slays at the Logies 2018

It was Australian Television’s night of nights, and it was fantastic.

The 60th Annual TV Week Logie Awards were held for the first time on the Gold Coast (“LOOK! Warner Brothers Movie World!”), a far cry from their traditional Melbourne home, where all the glitz and glamour presented themselves at The Star Casino in Broadbeach.

On Sunday, host of Have You Been Paying Attention? Tom Gleisner was present to receive the Logie for Most Popular Comedy Program on behalf of the entire team.

Tom Gleisner accepting the 2018 Logie for Most Popular Comedy Program for HYBPA

But the highlight of the entire night was Tony Martin, who had the honour of being the main voiceover for the Logies.

Tony Martin doing the voiceover

From obscure TV references (Willing and Abel), rattling off a list of The Bachelor spin-offs (The Bachelor Goes To Monte Carlo is something we’d all love to see), using the phrase ‘Piss-farting around’, and to go and hang with Lachy Hulme and Shaun Micallef for ‘champagne and pingas’,  he was the highlight of the night. If we get time, we might put up a Tony highlights package down the track…

UPDATE 2018-07-05: A few jokes were missed in the first video, here’s the ‘cutting room floor’ extras.

While he was a hit, some people just didn’t get the humour or know who he was:

You can watch the entire presentation on 9Now until the 29th July. It’s free, but you’ll need to register.

Tom Gleisner receives Queen’s Birthday Honours

Photo: Channel 10 Twitter

A big congratulations is in order to Tommy G at the Newsdesk!

Tom Gleisner, part of the D-Generation, The Late ShowFrontline, All Aussie Adventures, Have You Been Paying Attention? etc creation, is now a recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Alongside many others this year (Even Anne f**king Wills*), Gleisner can now slap Officer of the Order of Australiaor (AO) against his name on his Working Dog business cards, for his service to television as a writer, producer, actor and presenter, including  his support of young people with autism spectrum disorders.

This is such an amazing feat – well done.

To see the full list, visit here.

* This is a “Get This” Richard Marsland joke reference, so there’s no disregard to Wills.

Review: Martin/Molloy Comics Omnibus

Before you go any further, click PLAY on this video, then continue reading.

20-odd years ago, Melbourne based Cartoonist Dillon Naylor was scribbling away his wares, while listening to a drive-time radio show broadcast on the 2DAY FM Network, part of the Austereo Radio Network.

The radio show consisted of a tall, lanky bespectacled New Zealander-cum-Australian copywriter who wasn’t afraid of his deep meta nerdiness with films, 80s music, and anal-retentive sketch comedy be broadcast across this big, wide brown, flat mysterious land. Alongside him, a scruffy-looking, beanie wearing, Winnie Blue smoking, sports loving local pub hero who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, call out bullshit, and trying to ‘stick it to the man’ – as long as he can bung a durrie out the back later on.

The show? Martin/Molloy.

Tony Martin and Mick Molloy were a duo, alongside CopperArt spokesperson Pete Smith, Panel Operator and ‘Ladies Man’ Peter “Gracie” Grace, Producer Sancia Robinson, and a handful of audio whiz-bang audio producers playing musical chairs (Scott MullerDaryl MissenNigel Haines, Steve WoodsVicki Marr) and a bunch of Program Directors and Upper Class Management – broadcasting ‘loose talk and foolish behaviour’ from 1995. Constantly winning radio ratings and ARIA Awards for their trilogy of comedy albums, Martin/Molloy developed a major cult fan base who taped shows on cassette and bootlegged in school yards, until they pulled up stumps in 1998 due to exhaustion.

Naylor was such a hardcore fan of Martin, Molloy, and previous works (such as ABC TV’s The Late Show, The D-Generation and the EON FM D-Generation breakfast show), tapped into his illustrative skills as an already established Melbourne comic artist and approached the guys with concept art of their own caricatures. The birth of Martin/Molloy comics was born.

Comics based on Comics. // Dillon Naylor

Popping up in newsagents across Australia, Naylor converted the comedic stylings of the radio program and turned it into cartoon goodness. Over three issues, references to radio characters like Blimpy The Lactose Intolerant Cat, New Zealand radio announcers Tum & Phul, the rooftop shed, satirical commercials, Stupidman, Bargearse and much more were transformed into the Wonderful World of Naylor, printed to paper, and distributed far and wide so school kids would lap them up (myself included). Due to financial issues, Naylor didn’t get past the the third issue, and wrapped up production, turning the comics into collectors items for Australian comedy appreciators.

Original Martin/Molloy art by Dillon Naylor.

Fast forward to 2018, 20 years to the anniversary of Martin/Molloy finished on air, and Naylor decided to dust off his prints and re-purpose them as a 42 page (84 back to back) omnibus.

Martin/Molloy comics Omnibus // Dillon Naylor

And it’s all there. Re-formatted, typo-fixed, re-inked, re-traced, re-cycled, and some extra jokes to cover up the dated ones, easter eggs, and some history behind how it all came about are now included in a glossy, high quality book. (Even our chat with Naylor for this site made it into print form!)

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If you originally owned the comics, but now have deteriorated beyond reading, or you want to introduce the comedic style of toilet humour to your teenage kid, or just to read along side your upteenth re-listening to your Brown / Poop / Peas albums, then this is for you. Buy it, add it to your book collection or graphic novels you bought at the Supanova convention you visited last month. De-value your home but increase the smiles with the Martin/Molloy comics omnibus. Plus it virtually buys Naylor a coffee. It’s a must-purchase.

Buy Martin/Molloy comic omnibus online here:

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Have You Been Paying Attention? up for Logie nomination

Tom Gleisner //  Channel 10 Twitter

It’s that time of year again, where the announcements for the TV Week Logie award nominations are revealed.

Drum roll…

Congratulations to the team at Working Dog for their Logie nomination nod for  Have You Been Attention? – up for ‘Most Popular Comedy Program’.

Pang, Gleisner, Logie, Kavalee at the 2017 Logie Awards // Tom Gleisner

Veterans of the Australian Television industry’s ‘night of nights’, the weekly quiz show – now in its sixth season – rates comfortably with Tom Gleisner as quiz master, regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang as button pushers, and a rotating lot of guest seats that have seen Jane Kennedy, Mick Molloy, Tony Martin, Santo Cilauro, Glenn Robbins and many more pop-up and test their knowledge at current events.

The 60th Annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held at The Star Casino, Gold Coast on Sunday July 1, and broadcast on Channel 9.

Dovetail: Congrats to friends of Working Dog / D-Generation Lachy Hulme, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor (Utopia, HYBPA?) for their nominations!

For the full Logie nomination list, click here.

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.