A 2 hour adult night variety show hosted by Mick Molloy. Saturday nights 8:30pm on Channel 9 in 1999.
Not long after finishing the highly successful radio show Martin/Molloy with co-host Tony Martin on the then Austereo Radio Network the year before, Molloy was offered a Saturday night variety show to be broadcasted after the long running Hey Hey It’s Saturday. The premise was a laid-back format, with a rough-casual looking Molloy hosting the show from a couch, in a studio set up to look like an inner-city studio warehouse. Molloy was joined by a regular cast of close friends, comedians and entertainers, such as his long-serving radio partner Martin, Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy, Leigh Paatsch, Dave O’Neil, Paul Hester, Roz Hammond, Simon “Pendo” Pendergast, Pete Smith and others. Dwarf actor Arthur Serevetas appeared as “Mini-Mick” during the time of the entire series broadcast, as the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was being shown at the cinemas.
House band The Largest Living Things performed the show theme live at the beginning of broadcast, with Hester on drums and singer, introducing the talent on the show. There were one-off and re-occurring segments on the show, such as sports and entertainment, as well as pre-recorded sketches. Each episode would have a guest band performing 2 to 3 songs.
The show was originally signed to make 20 episodes, however due to low ratings and negative feedback, it was axed after the eighth episode without warning, not allowing Molloy to wrap up the series in full. He had been paid a handsome $1 million advance pay cheque.
Episode Three – July 24, 1999
Episode Four – July 31, 1999
Episode Five – August 7, 1999
Episode Six – August 14, 1999
Episode Seven – August 21, 1999