The Live 2 hour special raised more than $300,000 last night -which goes towards its weekly total of more than $962,000 for Mental Health research.
The TV special was the nearest we’ve come to a Comic Relief in a long time as cross-network stars gathered for comedy, music and public messages about mental health.
Host Eddie Perfect showed why he is one of the most diverse talents on the screen, linking segments with ease and singing up a storm.
He was ably joined by the likes of Shane Jacobsen, Ed Kavalee and Michala Banas -who freely admitted she has dealt with her own depression, at times. Talking about it openly, she said, helps breaks down the stigma.
The opening sketch was a hoot. Where else would you see the likes of Matt Preston, Brian Mannix, Chrissie Swan, Father Bob Maguire, Cosentino, Noni Hazlehurst, Leigh Sales, Alan Fletcher enjoying a yum cha together? And can we please request Leigh Sales to repeat her under-arm sound effects on 7:30 next time a politician is avoiding the questions?
Even Mike Moore came out of retirement for a good cause, broadcasting from his Asia-Pacific chat show out of Auckland, Less is Moore.
TV themes with ‘new’ lyrics were sung by Virginia Gay, Lucy Durack and Ben Mingay, under the baton of Mr. John Foreman. There were also songs from Tim Minchin, Ricki-Lee, The Sunnyboys, Tripod and Missy Higgins plus Home and Away‘s Bonnie Sveen, Alec Snow, Nicholas Westaway.
Also appearing were Peter Helliar, Rob Mills, Emma Alberici, Hamish & Andy, Shaun Micallef, Francis Greenaway, Madden Bros, Clarke and Dawe, Cal Wilson and more.
Even ABC boss Mark Scott was fleetingly spotted with Peppa Pig.
As a Live TV event, it was miles in front of ABC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast this year (sorry, it had to be said).
One minor beef… because the show was coded separately into 2 x 1hr due to classification issues, my IQ only recorded the first hour. I had to watch part 2 on iview (it will be repeated tonight on ABC2 if the same thing happened to you).
One last request: how do we get the Friday Night Crack-Up every Friday?