ABC 90 Celebrate! – The Supercut

On June 30, 2022 ABC TV screened a live 2 & 1/4 hour special highlighting 90 years of the Australian public broadcaster, covering TV and radio.

Hosted by Zan Rowe, Craig Reucassel and Tony Armstrong, the special showed clips, live crosses and performances from various parts of Australian lives and locations. Topics included (but not limited to) Comedy, Drama, News, Music and The Arts.

The most eager part that this site was looking forward to was perhaps a reunion with the D-Generation. But sadly, that didn’t happen. However, we did get a kick out of the odd clip / reference to anything D-Gen / Late Show / Working Dog related. Even a proper snippet on the ABC drama Rush (aka The Olden Days).

Here’s all the references that relate to this site, from ABC TV. It’s a ‘blink-and-miss’ moment, but here’s the list:

  • Frontline
  • Judith Lucy performing on The Big Gig
  • The D-Generation + D-Gen alumus Magda Szubanski
  • The Late Show
  • Funky Squad
  • Utopia
  • Rush (the original Olden Days)

Happy 90th Birthday, ABC! You can stream the specil on iView now.

Dovetail: Sgt Olden is still playing the game.

2022 Logies Wrap

After a couple of years hiatus due to the pandemic, the 62nd Logie Awards were held at The Star on the Gold Coast June 19th, 2022.

Unfortunately, Working Dog weren’t successful for The Cheap Seats Melanie Bracewell to take out the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, but had success at Most Popular Comedy Program for Have You Been Paying Attention? , even though they were up against themselves with The Cheap Seats.

Having Tony Martin returning for the third year as the voiceover for the ceremony, there were some niche throwbacks, including a nice reference to “Bargearse” via the ABC children’s animated show Bluey. As always, here’s a supercut of Martin’s bits, with cameos by Pete Smith.

The icing on the cake was the Hall Of Fame inductee – Sports commentator Bruce McAvaney. Lo and behold – a throwback within the heart of the tribute – Rob Sitch having a brief discussion about his Bruce impression on The Late Show in 1992.

Congratulations, one and all!


Interview: Skivvies Are Back for The Sharp’s Piet Collins

If you see someone wearing a piece of figure-hugging clothing that covers the neck, arms, torso and looking just a little bit daggy, you’re probably looking at a skivvy.

What makes it more entertaining for you, is that you now have this song in your head:

The lampooning of Australian rockabilly group The Sharp‘s 1993 hit single Scratch My Back done on The Late Show became so iconic, it borderline beats the original hit song.

With Rob Sitch, Jason Stephens and Santo Cilauro parodying band members Charlie Rooke, Allan Catlin and Piet Collins with their choice of uniform and body movements, it was more than necessary for the Champagne Comedy Podcast to reach out to one of the original band members to get their thoughts on the homage, nearly 30 years since the original broadcast (Season 2 Episode 15).

Original Sharp drummer Collins reveals his thoughts in the video below.

Make sure you check out our over-analysis of everything The Late Show on the Champagne Comedy Podcast here:

HYBPA and The Cheap Seats up for Logie nominations

Pang, Gleisner, Logie, Kavalee.

Congratulations to the Working Dog team for their tireless efforts to make Australia laugh, and earn some nominations for the 2022 TV Week Logie Awards.

Most Popular Comedy Program:

  • Have You Been Paying Attention?
  • The Cheap Seats

Melanie Blackwell and Tim McDonald

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Popular New Talent:

  • Melanie Bracewell – The Cheap Seats


May the odds be in their favour on the Gold Coast Sunday June 19, 2022, broadcast on Channel 9.

HYBPA and The Cheap Seats return for 2022

This is the news you’ve come here for, so we’ll get straight to it. Working Dog are busy…

Melanie Blackwell and Tim McDonald

The Cheap Seats, which was a surprise hit after making its debut in 2021 (with hosts Melanie Blackwell and Tim McDonald) taking apart the news with a humourous twist, returns for a second season on Tuesday April 26, 2022 on Channel 10.

A new season of Have You Been Paying Attention? which enters its 10th season (with Quizmaster Tom Gleisner and regular panellists Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang) returns real soon on Channel 10.

No date has been set as yet, but going by previous release dates, it’s around May. (Will update when the date is 100% confirmed).

Update: HYBPA returns Monday May 16, 2022 at the regular time slot of 8:30-ish.

Interview: Michael Warren the Pot Luck legend

In Season 2 Episode 13 of The Late Show, the golden tonsils of Michael Warren were broadcast to Australia’s ears during the Pot Luck toilet break segment, where amusing acts from the 1987 talent TV series are shown to much of our amusement – especially Bernard King’s harsh but fair remarks.

in this episode, Warren performed the Elvis Presley tune Don’t Cry Daddy. It was until after the performance ended, King put him on notice when he quizzed Warren on his talents, in which Warren infamously responded saying he’ll “be a Legend” and “be a millionaire by the time he’s 30”.

That was in 1987. Fast forward to 2022, and the Champagne Comedy Podcast caught up with Warren – or his stage name Lucky Jackson –  to reflect on performing on Pot Luck, as well as appearing on The Late Show, and if he’s a millionaire 30 years later.

Check out Warren / Jackson’s music library at

Interview: Schutz attempts Pot Luck

In Season 2 Episode 10 of The Late Show, the magical talents of Darren Schutz were on display during the Pot Luck toilet break segment, where amusing acts from the 1987 talent TV series are shown to much of our amusement – especially Bernard King’s harsh but fair remarks.

in this episode, the then 15 year old contestant performed two magic tricks: one with silks, and another one with a die disappearing visibly and invisibly. The fun part was the not-so-subtle ‘click’ noise when the die slid to the other side of the compartment.

The Champagne Comedy Podcast caught up with Darren to reflect on performing on Pot Luck, as well as magically appearing on The Late Show, and what he’s been up to nearly 30 years later.

He’s come a long way since, and you can book Darren for business or private functions. Visit Darren Schutz Magic for more.

The Banal of The Panel

From the Champagne Comedy archives:

Step back to the year 2000. We’re on the borderline of our tax system switching over to the GST.  The Working Dog team are riding high on the decade of achievements they’ve produced, such as The Late Show, Frontline, Funky Squad, A River Somewhere, The Castle and the upcoming The Dish and All Aussie Adventures. Their current project – a late night chat show The Panel is a ratings winner.

Only satire magazine MAD knows how to pull punches. In issue 377, which came out at the change-over of June 30 / July 1 2000 where the financial year triggered the GST Australia-wide, Artist Warren Taylor and Writer D.J. Williams lampoon Tom Gleisner, Glenn Robbins, Rob Sitch, Kate Langbroek and Santo Cilauro on a two-page spread.

and here’s a screen grab of a random episode (really!!), which scarily is close to their clothing design…

When Kenny L met Tommy G

Regular reader and The Late Show fan Kenny Lu has shared a recent meeting with Working Dog cast Tom Gleisner at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), in which Gleisner himself is co-founder of Learning For Life – a centre which helps children with autism reach their full potential.

Dear The Late Show team,

Yes Tom Gleisner came to the talk and it was quite good and it was a good experience I have ever had and it was good there was a talk at Aspect about his life and I do like The Late Show so much.

I experienced the talk very well and Tom Gleisner did do a talk at Aspect and I really like it then.

The photos was posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for you to see.

I enjoyed the talk the talk was good and I experienced it it was great.

Tom Gleisner poses with fan Kenny Lu

Thank you for sharing, Kenny!

Jason Stephens joins the Champagne Comedy Podcast!

Actual Late Show cast member Jason Stephens joined the Champagne Comedy podcast and gave us the lowdown on:

  • His early days writing sketch comedy
  • How each episode was conceived
  • Jason’s favourite sketches

Check out the video version below, or subscribe to the podcast!