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Tue 11 Apr 17 #1 
jmaxg
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John Clarke, New Zealand originated and Australian lauded comic and satirist, passed away last weekend while hiking in the Grampian mountain range in Victoria, Australia.

He is survived by his wife Helen, his daughters Lorin and Lucia, his grandchildren Claudia and Charles, and his Son-In-Law Stewart Thorn.

I'll say it outright......to me he was one of the greatest satirists I have ever experienced and that means that, again according to me, he was shoulder by shoulder with the likes of Barry Humphries, Peter Cook, Jon Stewart, Richard Pryor, Charlie Brooker, John Oliver and a great many others.

If you don't immediately know of him, perhaps you will be informed by this now classic sketch known the world over....

 




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #3 
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He did a lot more than that going WAY back to his days in New Zealand. Material that I thought was amazingly incisive and incredibly funny such as:

Fred Dagg as Australian Governor-General Sir John Kerr - Money for Judgement

(for a more information, see the Wiki article, 1975 Australian constitutional crisis)

Fred Dagg - Real Estate Transacting

In all of the above, his cadence, wit and satirical edge put his style of comedy a LOT above the norm. Which is cool because that is where he belonged.

Back in those days, he would usually start a sketch with the words, "Ah, yeah, g'day."

I will miss you Mr. Clarke. Rest in peace.

I will end by saying his usual end to a sketch:

"I'll get outta ya way now."




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #4 
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Tue 11 Apr 17 #6 
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Why do I feel so bloody sad?

He really was that big a deal, wasn't he.

Ok, my robotic sidekick, I order you to post "The Meaning of Life".




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #7 
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Fred Dagg - The Meaning of Life




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #8 
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"Yes, Bishop Barkley who's brother I believe is the Captain of India."

As hard as it may be to work out the comedy of John Clarke, here's a tip.....

LAUGH! It was meant to be funny.

TaaaDaaa!




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #9 
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If someone was to ask me of my favourite John Clarke/Fred Dagg script? I think it would be hard to do that because all of them were so great.

BUT, "The Games" and particularly the following scene proved to me that parody is an art form.....




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Tue 11 Apr 17 #10 
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Yes, that's right, that was not THE John Howard. Just A John Howard. That's what makes the sketch so brilliant.

I'll think I'll leave that right there.


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Fri 14 Apr 17 #11 
Helen McKenzie (online)
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He certainly was as icon of New Zealand and later Australia and will be greatly missed by the entertainment industry in both countries.




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Sat 15 Apr 17 #12 
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I've known his particular style of comic cadence since I was a teenager.

Realising his death is like putting up with the loss of a truly good and talented friend.

I will always look to New Zealand and thank them for giving the world this wonderful, acerbic, well written performer.

When Barry Humphries makes a point of it, it's a point to be made.

He will be missed.




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Sun 23 Apr 17 #13 
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He was one of a kind ...to have a mind like his Vale John Clarke




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Tue 25 Apr 17 #14 
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Ah, yeah, g'day

and.....

I'll get outta ya way now.




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Tue 25 Apr 17 #15 
Helen McKenzie (online)
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Get in behind....




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