Nine’s Carols by Candlelight was another annual treat of terrific performers and showstoppers.
I enjoyed Sylvie Paladino, Anthony Callea and Denis Walter and his niece. Not so sure about Karl and Lisa’s comedy schtick….
But conspicuous by his absence was one Humphrey B. Bear.
When Humphrey’s name wasn’t included on the Press Release of performers earlier this week, I was a little worried.
Did the fact that he had been an asset for sale following the demise of Banksia Productions mean he wouldn’t appear?
On Friday I asked Nine if he was due to appear.
“Yes Humphrey will be there on the night and below are the meet and greet times,” a Nine spokesperson told me.
“Humphrey’s meet and greet times at the Bowl:
Friday Dec 23 4pm – 4:30pm
Saturday Dec 24 7pm – 7:30pm”
Humphrey was at the Bowl making appearances on the night and the Dress Rehearsal, but relegated to commercial breaks.
It was disappointing a Nine icon was absent for the national audience.
Assisting Santa this year were Happy Feet penguins, one of the sponsors of the event. Ker-ching.
Humphrey finally came out during the curtain call, a fleeting glimpse of a bear without pants somewhere amongst the crowd….
Christmas is one of the few times we get to see Humphrey -please sort this out for 2012?