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?


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    • David on October 25, 2018 at 8:55 am
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    It’s finally gone now as of a couple of years ago, but Job Warehouse on Bourke St held on for years and decades past it’s use-by-date in a pretty upmarket part of the Melbourne cbd. Always had the same old shithouse window displays as well, a real mystery as to its existence/survival

      • on October 25, 2018 at 9:02 am
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      Not enough people were fans of their fabric.

    • Cassy on October 25, 2018 at 9:20 am
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    Every time I go to Movieworld I have to get a photo in front of the ‘Wheelchairs and Strollers’ sign. Cracks me up still, every time!

      • on October 25, 2018 at 10:38 am
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      That entry point is a tourist attraction in itself!

    • Scott McPhee on November 26, 2018 at 10:03 am
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    Every time I walk up to Flinders Street train station, I think of Mick, Tony and Jason, and

    “New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town.”

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