Hard Quiz Goes The Late Show

In a delightful crossover moment on ABC TV’s popular game show Hard Quiz, fans were treated to a surprising twist when The Late Show became the expert topic in a recent broadcast.

Hester, whose impressive knowledge of The Late Show left both the audience and host, Tom Gleeson, thoroughly impressed. Hester’s quick wit and encyclopedic recall of classic sketches and catchphrases made for some funny and flashback moments as she faced off against her fellow competitors.

As the episode unfolded, it became clear that The Late Show held a special place in the hearts of many Australians, and the show’s enduring popularity was evident. The inclusion of such a beloved cultural icon on Hard Quiz served as a reminder of the enduring impact that quality comedy can have on our lives. It was a night of laughter, nostalgia, and friendly competition that left fans eagerly awaiting more surprising twists on their favourite game show.

You can see the entire episode on iView for free.

Coight Does Mitsubishi

If you’ve been watching Have You Been Paying Attention? on a religious basis, you would have noticed various sponsorships throughout the broadcast run, with the most recent being car manufacturer Mitsubishi.

What a better way to promote their off-road hybrid vehicles than Mr All-Aussie Adventure himself, Russell Coight.

In a collection of TV commercials, Coight does his signature spool on outback adventures with his ‘trusty’ fuel powered 4×4, thinking a particular latte-sipping city-slicker couple with their hybrid won’t survive a day in his neck of the woods.

The entire Russell Coight All Aussie Adventure series is available on DVD and digital.

Dovetail: The male city slicker? Neighbours star Dan Paris.

PS: This site is not sponsored nor has any commercial deal with Mitsubishi or Working Dog.


Boris Conley: “Maybe Elliot would be on TikTok during the lockdown”

To celebrate the 50th episode of theChampagne Comedy Podcast, ChampagneComedy.com caught up with Frontline‘s “Friday Night Funnyman” Elliot Rhodes, or known privately as Boris Conley.

Boris, a former waiter and performer, shared intriguing details about his time on the popular TV show Frontline and his musical career. From his impromptu piano performances to touring as part of a tribute act, Boris’s journey offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of entertainment.

Boris reminisced about his early days as a waiter, where he would entertain customers by showcasing his showmanship on the piano during slow business hours. His talent and flair for performance were evident, and he admitted to being a bit of a show-off.

During the interview, Boris also discussed his role on Frontline where portrayed the character Elliot Rhodes – an individual with unwavering enthusiasm and self-belief. Despite being oblivious to the attempts of host Mike Moore (Rob Sitch) to remove him, Elliot eventually faces the harsh reality of his situation .

Boris shared that most of his scenes on Frontline were shot in just two days, and he often completed his performances in less than 10 minutes. The contrasting production quality and vibrant colors in Elliot’s scenes, achieved through different filming techniques and transfers, further emphasized the character’s larger-than-life personality.  Boris also provided insights into the filming locations of Frontline. The first series was shot at Ripponlea in the old ABC studios in Melbourne, while the Elliot scenes were filmed in the same studios used for news and current affairs. This unique setting and filming approach contributed to the distinct visual style and production quality of the show.

The conversation then shifted to speculate on what Elliot might be doing now, with a range of possibilities – Elliot could be performing his own cabaret shows, appearing on TV programs like Sky News Australia or the ABC, or even creating satirical content on platforms like TikTok. Regardless of the specific path, it was clear that Elliot’s undying spirit and determination would continue to fuel his artistic endeavours.

Boris’s interview offered an exciting peek behind the curtain of his career as both a performer and a part of the acclaimed series. As we look to the future, it’s clear that Elliot’s spirit lives on, leaving us with a sense of wonder and anticipation for his next artistic endeavors.

Subscribe to the Champagne Comedy Podcast now to hear our shonky over-analysis of the episodes, as well as some other goodies lying within.

Check out Boris’ son’s YouTube channel here: @redonwhite1176.

Thank God You’re Here returns for 2023

It’s something in the Working Dog-iverse (we made that up) that the team tends to not revisit their projects after they’ve moved on. But that theory was destroyed when Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures returned for a third season in 2018 after a many-a-year hiatus. Now, after a 14 year break, the theatresports themed Thank God You’re Here is returning to our TV sets in 2023 for a new season.

Originally presented by Shane Bourne and judged by Tom Gleisner, the basis of the show presented four personalities from various forms of entertainment, dressing them up in a particular costume and showing them the blue door to enter a random scenario, acting out and responding to the characters around them with hilarious results.

Seasons One to Three were screened on Channel 10 between 2006 to 2007, until Channel 7 brought the blue door over for a Season Four in 2009. Now, Channel 10 have brought the blue door back home for Season Five.

Not much is known at the moment if Gleisner is returning as Judge, but Have You Been Paying Attention? regular and Utopia cast member Celia Pacquola will be taking hosting duties of the show.

The show was so successful, that it has been sold overseas and adapted in various countries. You can follow the official social media accounts for updates – as well as a launch date. You can register to be an audience member here.

Update 2023-07-18: Returning Wednesday August 2nd, 2023.


Working Dog starts posting more YouTube videos

If you’re still reminiscing about classic Late Show clips then you’re in for a treat! In recent weeks and months, Working Dog Productions has started posting a lot of Late Show videos on its YouTube channel either to coincide with current events (such as Red Hot Chili Peppers touring), or just to have a laugh. You’ll also find clips from other WD productions, such as Utopia, Have You Been Paying Attention, The Castle and of course, Frontline.

The video quality’s generally great too (but it looks like Rob’s Dick Smith impression in the following compilation could have been lifted directly from my crackly VHS recording!).

So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to the channel. While we have you, do subscribe to the Champagne Comedy podcast too! After reviewing all 40 episodes of The Late Show, we’re back and dissecting all things Frontline.


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What to expect in 2023

Hello and welcome to 2023 (If you’re reading this long after, welcome to what possibly happened in 2023)!

Here’s what we know that’s happening in the ‘Champagne Comediverse‘. Obviously, everything is subject to change.

In no particular order:


Tony (Rob Sitch) and the team at the Nation Building Authority are returning for a fifth season of the highly successful and multi award winning comedy series that pokes fun* at government departments.

Utopia Season 5 will return on the ABC later in 2023.

* Viewers who work in government departments claim it’s a documentary.

Utopia on ABC iView.

Have You Been Paying Attention?

Quizmaster Tom Gleisner, notable players Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang and a rotating roster of players are coming back for an eleventh season to test their knowledge on the week’s events. The multi award winning quiz show has no set schedule as yet, but it’ll most likely be returning around May on Monday nights 8:30 / 8:40pm on Channel 10.

Have You Been Paying Attention on 10Play.

The Cheap Seats

The wrap-up of weekly events with sharp punchlines and goofiness is returning for a third season. Hosts Melanie Bracewell and Tim McDonald will be ready to deliver the topical news and headlines to you, alongside special guests joining them on the desk. The Logie nominated panel show does not have a schedule yet, but will most likely return around April on Tuesday nights 8:30 / 8:40pm on Channel 10.

The Cheap Seats on 10Play.

The Front Bar

Mick Molloy is returning for more rounds alongside Sam Pang and Andy Maher to talk more footy, sport, beer and more footy. 37 episodes are being lined up, and the Logie nominated sports panel show will be returning Wednesday February 1st. Check the TV schedule when it gets closer.

The Front Bar on 7Plus.

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN

After a financial stamp of approval from Roundabout Accountants, Tony Martin will be bringing back his late night call-in podcast with the assistance of Matty Dower on the ‘potsnpans’ to give more laughs, conspiracy theories, and hopefully more song surprises with the award-winning SIZZLETOWN podcast.

No set time yet on the return and the frequency of episode release, so subscribe to Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN on your favourite podcast provider, buy some merchandise, and enjoy some food and beverage from past and present sponsors.

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN official site.

Sports Bizarre

Mick Molloy and Titus O’Reily surprised us all with this podcast in 2022, talking about various histories and stories of sports and sporting events that seem too good to be true.  Sports Bizarre will return sometime in 2023, so subscribe via your favourite podcast provider so you’ll be the first to know when the newest episode drops.

Sports Bizarre on iTunes.


Tom Gleisner is taking to the theatre stage again (see 2014’s The Speechmaker) with BLOOM at the Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse.

To quote:

Bloom is a funny, big-hearted new musical that celebrates the power of music to connect us across generations, starring comedian Anne Edmonds alongside Frankie J. Holden and Vidya Makan.


The schedule for Bloom is from 18th July to 19th August 2023. Tickets go on sale 30th March 2023. For more information, visit Melbourne Theatre Company’s site.

Mick Molloy for Triple M Sydney Breakfast 

After taking a radio sabbatical in 2022, Mick Molloy is again returning to Triple M, but this time back in breakfast, and in Sydney. Molloy is teaming up with Mark “MG” Geyer to talk all things sport and comedy on Triple M Sydney, beginning early 2023. You’ll be able to listen in on 104.9FM if you’re in Sydney, listen online via the LISTNR app, or the podcast when it becomes available.

Judith Lucy quits stand-up

After doing the comedy circuit for over 30 years, Judith Lucy has pulled up stumps on the stand-up gig routine. But, Judith will still be doing other activities. There’s books, podcasts, “In conversation” pieces, TV appearances. Judith is active on Facebook, so you can follow her updates on her official page.

You should be up to date now! If there’s any news we’ve missed, feel free to shoot us an e-mail, or comment below.

Dovetail: 2023 also marks the 30th anniversary of The Late Show Season Two, just so you know….

Sitch, Martin, “Panel”, Molloy are Effluent

If you missed the Kath & Kim specials on Channel 7 recently – you know – celebrating 20 years since Australia’s favourite suburban Mum and Daughter team (D-Gen grad Jane Turner and Gina Riley) first graced our cathode ray tubes – there were quick throwbacks and connections to the D-Generation / Working Dog team.

Here’s the 4 minutes of important bits.

  1. Rob Sitch as King Javier of Papilloma in the 2012 Kath & Kimderella movie
  2. Tony Martin as Mark having a pash with Sharon (D-Gen grad Magda Szubanksi)
  3. Prue & Trude guesting on The Panel (full low res clip here)
  4. Mick Molloy as Gary Poole, Kath’s ex.

You can see the 52 minute special “Kath & Kim – Our Effluent Lifehere on 7Plus (behind free registration).

Late Show memories!

To celebrate 30 years since The Late Show a number of former Late Show cast members have been doing the rounds on TV, print and radio. Here’s a quick round-up!

On Thursday 21 July,  Jane Kennedy chatted to Sammy J on ABC Radio Melbourne Breakfast. “When the show went to air at the time, the critics at the major newspapers were so harsh about it,” she recalls (as Sammy J interjects with a “WARNEKE!”). “They actually went as far to say, ‘Do not watch this show.’ … That was a red rag to a bull for us.”

Here’s the ABC interview link.

And on Friday 22 July, Rob Sitch chatted to WSFM presenters Jonesy & Amanda on JAM Nation. “This was the show that was instrumental to how Australians of our generation saw comedy,” Amanda says, reeling off some classic sketches.

Rob says of the show’s popularity, “Here’s the advantage we had back then: teenagers on a Saturday night were trapped at home, so we had an audience of hostages really… it was before social media so we really didn’t know who was watching, it was either 70 year old ABC viewers who wanted a BBC drama back on or 14, 15, 16 year olds, and eventually the feedback came back from them and that was the delight.”

Listen to the interview, below.

Another highlight of the week was The Australian’s article by Troy Bramston commemorating The Late Show, featuring interviews with Santo Cilauro and Tony Martin.

“The Late Show was something you recorded
on your home video cassette recorder and played again and again mick molloy illuwith friends. If you missed it, and didn’t set your VCR timer to record it, you sought a friend who did. The sketches were retold on the school bus, around the office water cooler and at parties.”

Check out the cover of Mick in Shitscared! Says Santo in the interview: “We were young enough to be stupid and followed our instincts, sometimes against the better judgement of people who were more mature than us, and that was important.”

Also, Jane appeared on Studio 10 reminiscing about The Late Show (the caption incorrectly says 1982, but we aren’t that old!) “We had an hour of comedy to fill each week … writing things five minutes before we went to air… it was very much a flying by the seat of your pants style about it as well which made it pretty different.”

But the best appearance this week has got to be Tony Martin on Mad as Hell (right after Shaun Micallef channels It’s Academic on Brain Eisteddfod), who reprises his uncanny Woody Allen impression with a bit of Arnie thrown in, just for us fans!

Happy 30th Anniversary The Late Show

18th July 2022 marks exactly 30 years since one of the most iconic comedy shows was broadcast on Australian television.

At 10pm on a Saturday night in 1992,  Australians turned on Channel Two (aka ABC TV) in order to view Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy, Tony Martin, Mick Molloy, Rob Sitch and Jason Stephens make classic sketch comedy live their studio audience and the entire country for one hour.

Titled The Late Show, and under the watchful eye of Directors and Producers Michael Hirsh, Mark Gibson, and Joe Murray, the comedy team ended up creating 40 episodes (along with a handful of ‘Best Of’ specials) over two years, including bringing in Comedian Judith Lucy for the second season. The general format of the show was a combination of stand-up, live and pre-recorded sketches that covered a range of news of the time such as:

  • The Gulf War and Saddam Hussein
  • U.S. President Bill Clinton being elected and his womanising ways
  • Prince Charles and Princess Di’s marriage falling apart
  • The evolution of Australian currency
  • World religion and foreign affairs
  • Australian State and Federal politics
  • Popular Australian Television series, movies and music
  • Topical observations in sports

But why this comedy troupe? Known as The D-Generation from their Uni revue days (with different team members who eventually left to become Fast Forward – but that’s a different story altogether for another Google Search day), they had already developed a fan base from their time producing the TV sketch comedy show The D-Generation, which was shown on the ABC from 1986 to 1987, and the 4 specials made of Channel 7 from 1988 to 1989. Not to forget, the breakfast radio show on EON FM (later Triple M) from 1986 to 1992.

TONY: Well what we did is, we realised there weren’t too many strong actors left in our cast. So many had defected to other programs. We were only left with a couple of the original actors and people like me and Tom, and Mick and Jason had until The Late Show started had done virtually no television at all… so we figured there’s no point in bothering to pretend we’re actors. So we kind of developed this alarming, almost pantomime-style to the program, and I’m not sure if it’s actually a healthy trend at all. Because you try to do something subtle, but it doesn’t quite work.
(Source: 1994-01-00 Radio National)

Before The Late Show became what it was, there were a few attempts to get the show off the ground via Channel Nine, under the header of The Late Late Show, but head honcho Kerry Packer expressed that it wasn’t suited for his network. (You can actually see a snippet of a produced sketch from the unaired pilot on The Best & Second Best Of The D-Generation DVD under ‘Bottom Drawer’ menu option – or if you have the VHS – The Second Best video.)

A sample of the sketch ‘Dinkum Street’ from “The Late Late Show” filmed for Channel 9 in 1990. Source: The Best / Second Best of The D-Generation DVD.

Let me take you back to  Saturday 18th July 1992:

It’s 6:30pm. You are on Channel 9 watching Hey Hey It’s Saturday broadcasting live from the Northern Territory where Daryl Somers is promoting their tourism campaign (and have John Farnham promoting Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy Emmanuel playing his tune Initiation). 8:30pm comes, and time to flick over to the ABC where UK police drama The Bill, probably hoping Tosh doesn’t spill his coffee and Stamp arresting another juvenile. Then 9:30pm ticks over, and a new UK comedy series of Smith And Jones starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones. That’s warming you up for 10pm, where we have “The D-Gen / Late Show“. After the ABC ident, the first sketch is a produced one, with Tony Martin as Prince Charles, centralising on the crumbling marriage of Charles and Diana. After a Spandau Ballet joke wrapping up the sketch and James Brown’s Turn Me Loose playing as the opening title theme, we are launched into an hour’s worth of The Late Show.

From The Champagne Edition Best Bits Of The Late Show DVD.

Not everything works perfectly though for the first episode. Some jokes fall flat or are executed poorly and technical issues happen (such as the Countdown titles refusing to play). But the overall tone of the show is set: It’s loose. It’s edgy. It’s funny. It’s live.

SANTO: There is actually alot of stuff we have to film produce to fill in an hour of television and we can’t actually get it all done at the ABC, so we find it… it’s easier to just get the home video camera out and go out to places. And sometimes it’s really unintrusive to walk into a shop. Instead of walking in with like a cameraperson and a sound man and everything. It’s just a camera, and it’s a bit of a psychological thing. They don’t feel very threatened at all, it’s like – you know, you can actually ask them all sorts of questions and they don’t sort of jump up and down and get all nervous and all that.
TONY: It’s really fast. We weren’t joking when we said we filmed that thing – the Olympic Opening Ceremony in about 7 minutes. It was filmed in about half an hour – in our lunch hour. If we had done that with the ABC, that would’ve taken – with a full crew – would’ve taken about 3 hours. But it takes a long time, but you can just run out and just literally film things real quick.
ROB: It was an original idea – we had to cheapen the show. A few years ago we were trying to  make a really cheap show, and so we thought ‘Hey! Use one of them video cameras!’ and now it works because to fill an hour of television a week, you know – that we’re using every resource that Aunty throws at us at the moment and more.
(Source: 1992-10-11 3RRR The Party Show)

Over the course of the first 20 episodes, reccuring segments are created, such as:

  • Mick and Tony opening up for the show (with Mick occasionally not showing up with due reason).
  • Tommy G hosting the Newsdesk with punchlines galore and Rob with his impressions.
  • Mick and Jason hosting Muckraking – becoming the ‘watch dogs’ of the TV industry.
  • Tony reviewing niche movies for Undiscovered Masterpieces Of The Cinema.
  • Mick and Santo hosting Commercial Crimestoppers – showcasing shonky TV commercials they find and views submit.
  • Jane interviewing Geoff & Terry Bailey (Santo and Rob) on their latest shonky scheme.
  • Rob and Mick getting their stunt game on in Shitscared, with Tommy G questioning their every move.
  • Lampooning childrens entertainment with very adult themes through Shirty The Slightly Aggressive Bear.
  • Jane and Tom highlighting quirky moments from the history of Ian “Molly” Meldrum’s iconic music show Countdown.
  • Mick and Tony giving particular people a kick up the butt in Sink The Slipper.
  • Re-dubbing of ABC TV’s 1970’s black and white drama Rush and making it sound hilarious as The Olden Days.
  • Mick and Tony hitting up the streets to have some vox-pop interviews with random Melbournians.
  • Going on an adventure with Postcard From (Insert location here).
  • Music parodies of hit songs, like Frente’s “Accidently Kelly Street”.
  • Exploring Pissweak World shonky theme parks.
  • Toilet Breaks featuring daggy music and performances (usually from The Magnificent Seven).
  • Santo and Rob bringing their radio sporting commentary duo to life with Graham and The Colonel.

There were often moments that involved other Australian personalities, but were happy to be the butt of the joke.  Here are some exclusive interviews of particular moments in the show, as part of the Champagne Comedy Podcast.

Here’s star of Channel 9’s sitcom All Together Now’s Bruno Lucia on being the punchline in Shitscared and Commercial Crimestoppers.

In Episode 13, Tony highlights the Australian B-Grade horror movie Houseboat Horror for the segment Undiscovered Masterpieces Of The Cinema – which starred Countdown announcer, Radio and TV personality Gavin Wood. Here, he mentions his work on the movie, as well as Jane and Tom’s tribute to Countdown.

Episode 14 had Mick and Tony go on a Postcard road trip to Glenrowan and explore the Ned Kelly Museum, having fun with the sound and light display and the wishing well. Owner Chris Gerrett talks about the segment and the work that’s put into the museum.

In Episode 20, one of the first song parodies was “Accidentally Was Released”, a parody of the chart hit Accidently Kelly Street by Australian folk band Frente, with a near-perfect replication of the video clip starring Jane as lead singer Angie Hart. In this chat, Angie speaks about how the band’s initial reaction was to the parody, and how she reflects on it today.

The Late Show’s humour was not for everyone.  It did cop a lot of criticism from veteran TV and movie reviewers like Ross WarnekeRobert Fidgeon and Robin Oliver – mainly because it was on the national broadcaster and was an easy target, especially when it was ‘8 cents a day’ from your pocket, which is what the calculations were at the time on how much it was costing the taxpayer to run the ABC.

Robin Oliver’s ‘glowing’ review from Sydney Morning Herald – 03-08-1992

Green Guide letter from 1992.

After a few episodes, The Late Show did find its feet, especially finding a strong following with High School students. Who didn’t record the show on VHS / Beta, keep clippings from magazines and newspapers and quote lines in the schoolyard on Monday?

When the team returned on Saturday June 5th 1993 for a second season, Judith was warmly welcomed into the team to bring more laughs and witty satire with her own take on life.

The set of the show goes from a dull marble green to a more brighter orange / brown / yellow-esque setting, which gives the show more energy. While some things were retired from the previous season (The Olden Days, Shirty), others were brought in to take their places, such as:

  • Bargearse – a redubbing of the 1970s Crawford Production police drama of an overweight officer, with added fart jokes.
  • Charlie The Wonderdog – A lazy labrador going on crazy adventures a la Skippy with the Pissweak Kids and Gramps (legendary actor Charles (Bud) Tingwell).
  • More musical parodies – lampooning Australian bands like Things Of Stone And Wood.
  • Toilet Break with less-than-amusing performances selected from the defunct 1987 talent show Pot Luck hosted by Ernie Sigley and judged harshly by Bernard King. (Even making Piffy the Bellringer a household name.)
  • Rob and Santo growing moustaches and idolising David Boon with The Oz Brothers.
  • Musical Finales where Tony gives Mick a mission to find a particular musical talent to perform a song, but Mick ends up ‘mishearing’, and gets a polar opposite personality to perform the song. (Joan jett / Kirner, anyone?)

Season 2 Episode 1 had a very iconic live sketch which was a synopsis of the (failed) Channel 9 soap opera Paradise Beach, where everyone pointed out every cliche used. TV Historian Andrew Mercado explains more.

Season 2 Episode 1 also had the first entry of Charlie The Wonderdog – a loving Labrador by the name of Charlie (Tom’s dog in real life) lampooning another iconic children’s show Skippy. The eldest Pissweak Kid Justin Anderson explains a day of filming.

It wasn’t until Season 2 Episode 4, where the famous “Champagne Comedy” moment happened with Rob, responding to an upcoming sketch written by Tom. Rob believed it was a sketch so bad, that it needed to be pulled. However, this decision was on a Saturday afternoon, hours before it was to go to air. So Rob suggested it to play and asked Tom if he could come in with a ‘right of reply’ in a suit and a bottle of spumante to soften the blow.

Another thing in the same episode, the music parody (Out Of) Melbourne Cliches was released to the world, giving Australian rock band Things Of Stone And Wood a larger fan base. TOSAW Lead Greg Arnold explains.

Also with Season 2 Episode 4, the Toilet Break segment brought us a young kid named Piffy The Bellringer. Real name Remi Broadway, his popularity was so big, they invited him onto the show, ringing the bells on Graham & The Colonel’s desk in Season 2 Episode 5.

The musical finales where Mick would stuff up the band requests Tony makes were becoming more popular, TV Chef and What’s Cooking? host Gabriel Gaté describes what it was like to be mistaken for Frente and sing his version of the song Accidently Kelly Street.

Season 2 Episode 10 featured a teenage Darren Schutz performing magic tricks on Pot Luck, and was highlighted on the Toilet Break, In this chat, Darren explains the response he got from being highlighted, and what the cameraman did wrong during his illusion.

Season 2 Episode 13 had another particular Pot Luck ‘Legend’ for the Toilet Break – Michael Warren. The Elvis-loving musician talks about the attention he received after being featured on The Late Show.

Season 2 had become very strong for the show. One of the iconic moments were the musical parodies where the songs became more popular than the original, such as ‘Skivvies Are Back’, a lampoon of the Australian band The Sharp‘s 1993 hit Scratch My Back. In this interview, drummer Piet Collins talks about his thoughts on the parody.

Other moments in Season 2 Episode 15 is where Julie Poulter was lucky enough to be the Work Experience Kid over two episodes.

Julie Poulter appearing on the 2nd “It’s Academic” sketch.

Julie Poulter with her original name plate from the sketch.

In the same episode,  Comedian Mikey Robins sat in the audience when Arnold Schwarzenegger (Tony) shoots Dr. Aaron Beaucaire.

Mikey Robins (far left) in the Late Show audience.

Both feature in the Champagne Comedy Podcast, with Julie describing in detail what it was like behind the scenes, and Mikey talking about working with Aaron on Good News Week.

In Season 2 Episode 16, The Late Show travels to Sydney to broadcast a live show to celebrate Sydney winning the 2000 Olympic bid, and the big reveal when Bargearse (Lucky) was in the audience. One of the audience members Journalist Lawrie Zion, is a long time friend of cast member Santo, as well as a friend of the whole cast.

Lawrie spoke to the Champagne Comedy Podcast about the bond he has with the D-Generation, and how strong and important The Late Show was.

Season 2 Episode 18 sees Judith at work, bringing in TV personality Ken James and his ‘stalker’ sketch.

Ken chats to the podcast about being involved in the production.

Even the actors playing the Pissweak Kids felt stardom for simply doing pissweak acting. Brothers Nic and Justin Anderson chat about their time on the show.

With Bargearse becoming a household name thanks to the redubbing of the 70s cop show Bluey starring Lucky Grills, his daughter Shanra chats about how The Late Show gave her father a new fan base that lives on to this day.

The final episode for Season two was broadcast on Saturday October 30, 1993, with the final musical act being Don Lane performing Sinatra’s classic Saturday Night. While the cast wave to the camera, little do the audience know that this would the the final ever show.

The ratings were good, newspaper and magazine articles were all over the place. Merchandise consisting of t-shirts, hats, VHS tapes of “Best Bits” compilations were flying out the door.

The Late Show t-shirt on a crew member at Rose Tattoo – Live at Boggo Road Gaol concert 1993.

Bargarse’s Lucky Grills wearing his own Bargearse shirt.

Source: Glenn McCallum

Then 1994 came around. Where is The Late Show?

Antennae – SMH – 10-01-1994

Rumours were going around as hot as Mick going off in bed. The truth being, The Late Show had run its course behind the scenes. The team were exhausted and had ideas for other projects (one of them became Frontline). Even if those projects didn’t come to fruition, Mick had his foot out the door if they returned for a third season. So after two seasons and 40 episodes, The Late Show was done.

The Age – January 1994.

During their run, there were 3 x “Best Bits of The Late Show” VHS compilations, and full VHS releases of The Olden Days and Bargearse. Fast forward to the 2000s, and the Champagne Edition of the Best Bits were released on 2 x DVD set with a “Volume 4”, as well as The Olden Days and Bargearse making the DVD presser in 2007 with extra clips of The Late Show hidden as easter eggs.

Why hasn’t the show ever been released in full or not put on ABC’s iView streaming service? Simply put, lots of the jokes are very topical and dated and a product of its time. The show was not perfect when it was broadcast live. Glitches, errors, and jokes do not reflect a fair representation in today’s world, plus copyright and music issues hinder any release. If anything, the Champagne Edition DVDs are a perfect reflection on what they were trying to achieve on a nightly basis, as well as the strongest material they created.

Here at ChampagneComedy.com we tried to organise some type of reunion in podcast form, but things could not come to fruition due to various workloads of everyone, which we totally respect. In late 2021, Jason Stephens did chat to us in detail about The Late Show, and how a reunion would happen in a perfect world.

In 2014, Santo mentioned to us in an interview:

It would be great to do a Late Show reunion or another Panel again at some point. It would be great. It really would. But then what happens is that it would get in the way of exciting projects. If we go back and do something, then maybe Thank God You’re Here wouldn’t have happened, so we just like to look forward to do stuff. Some things work, some things don’t – but we just keep moving forward.


But please, if you get a chance, listen to the podcast and escape back to a time where the cool things were tucked-in shirts, choker necklaces and staying in on a Saturday night to enjoy some…

The ChampagneComedy.com fan-produced recap of Season 1, Episode 1 of The Late Show.