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March 01, 1990

Adelaide Fringe

Filed under: Archive,Comedy

1990

Found Objects

Lion Theatre

Until March 11.

4 Stars.  “Definitely take the plunge- endearingly funny.”

Found Objects are the unrivalled exponents of wet comedy and in their latest show, Plunge, these three stooges remind us what it’s like to be nerds at the beach. What’s more, they sing-  “My Grandmother is a Fuddy Duddy” and  their  dolphin tribute “We Are the Hippies of the Sea” accompanied on guitar , trombone and  pan pipes.

They are also big on props- …

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June 01, 1989

Risible

Filed under: Archive,Books,Comedy

A Complete Dagg
John Clarke
Susan Haynes/ Allen and Unwin
RRP $14.95

A series of interviews has begun appearing on Nine’s A Current Affair in the last five minutes of their Friday edition. Paul Keating, Andrew Peacock, Margaret Thatcher and Dan Quayle all appear on TV frequently but never before has anyone noticed their uncanny resemblance to John Clarke. They look and talk like him, they even share his profound belief in the reductio ad absurdum, but, at the same …

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May 30, 1989

Prince Speaks out on Radio

Filed under: Archive,Comedy

1989

At last the full truth can be told. In a two part programme starting tonight (Saturday, August 26)  at 6.30 on ABC Radio National (5CL 729) Prince Belligerent, arguably the least known medieval nonentity since Monty Python’s Sir Notappearinginthisfilm, will be given his historical due.

For reasons which still remain clouded in mystery, the task of presenting Belligerent’s extraordinary story has been entrusted to ABC National’s Comedy Unit in Melbourne. Working from a script by Kevin Nemeth (this is …

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Friendly Fo

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1989

Mistero Bufo

Lenny Kovner

Lion Theatre

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Mistero Bufo, as Lenny Kovner drily informs us, does not translate as Mister Boofhead. The Mysteries  are medieval stories taken  from the Bible and Apochrypha, as well as from   the  lives of the saintly , the bold and the not-so-beautiful. Presented in what began as eisteddfods of community theatre, presided over by a watchful clergy, they grew to become travelling popular entertainment on a scale to rival the Church …

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May 01, 1989

Catch a Falling Spy

James Bond
Cliffhanger
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre.

Britain’s Cliffhanger Theatre Company’s ]ames Bond may not be everybody’s idea of a universal export but will tickle those who like their comedy somewhere between the Goodies and the Spanish Inquisition. Although, unlike the more pugnacious forms of manic English humour, James Bond is low-key, whimsical and gets curiouser and curiouser.

The four Cliffhangers give Ian Fleming’s imperturbable Bond a right old filleting. Pete McCarthy has the familiar tux and grooming but …

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February 01, 1989

Not Half Funny

Filed under: Archive,Cabaret,Comedy

Doug Anthony Allstars
Space

The Hot Bagels
The Cabbage Brothers
Club Foote

The Doug Anthony Allstars have always had a rancid little stage act. Looking like three unsavoury prefects from a dubious boarding school or, maybe, Mormons on glue, the DAA’s work on the cusp of bad taste and have a rapport with audiences that borders on harassment.

The group – Tim, Richard and Paul – originally from Canberra, have recently finished a tour of Tasmania. Maybe it was being …

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Community Announcement

Wogs Out of Work
Space Cabaret Club, Adelaide Festival Centre

Wogs Out of Work is the brainchild of Nick Giannopoulos, Simon Palomares and Maria Portesi. It began in Melbourne two years ago and has now played in ·most of the state capitals and regional centres. Gordon, the road sweeper ambles amiably through the crowd to begin a wog’s-eye-view monologue. The ethnic origin is undifferentiated Mediterranean and the comedy is as broad as the Parthenon. Gordon recalls his encounter at the …

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Curtains

Filed under: Archive,Comedy

1989

Wogs Out of Work

Her Majesty’s Theatre,

January, 1989.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Wogs Out of Work has been putting itself about for nearly four years now. Two separate companies with numerous cast reincarnations have presented more than 1,250 performances to an estimated 650,000 paying customers. Many of those people had never been to theatre in their lives and the bemused actors, most of them playing to their ethnic communities for the first time, expressed pride in the warmth …

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January 01, 1989

Cabhooray

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The Castanet Club
Space Cabaret

The Space Cabaret is back on deck for its summer season with the Castanets new show, Santa goes Nude, followed this week by the Melbourne hit Wogs out of Work. The Castanets, ambassadors of culture from Newcastle, first wheedled into the hearts of Adelaide a Fringe or two ago but like all celebs they have suffered those heartaches of success that shape any mature performer.

In Santa Goes Nude, the Castanets are in …

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October 01, 1988

Fragile Eggshell Mind

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Flacco
Paul Livingstone
Club Foote

A heavily padded overcoat walks into the spotlight. Gradually a small pale pate appears above the collar, two piercing eyes sweep the room. A pair of binoculars extends from the lower reaches of the coat and continues the surveillance. Then, although not convinced it is safe to, the inhabitant bursts free of the coat and there, in a black leotard with a Union flag loincloth tied to an animal pelt that looks like it has …

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