Did ABC comedy special snub Daryl & Ossie?
Over 27 years together on our screen but ABC's doco didn't ask a favourite duo to contribute.
ABC’s comprehensive doco series on Australian Comedy Stop Laughing …This is Serious ends tonight after three episodes, but leaves some big names off its roll call.
With over 60 contributors to the 3 hour special, why no sign of Daryl & Ossie? The pair were nowhere to be seen, despite over 27 years of Hey Hey it’s Saturday on our screens. With so many luminary personalities -both in front and behind the cameras- Daryl Somers and Ernie Carroll should really have been invited to participate together. Ignoring Red Faces -especially its discoveries- was a big oversight.
Jennifer Collins, Head of Non-Fiction, Screentime told TV Tonight, “Hey Hey it’s Saturday was featured twice in the series – an early comedy performance by Dave Hughes , and a song “Amigos para Siempre” performed by Norman Gunston and Effie.
“There were so many major contributors to the story of Australian comedy, but limited to a three hour series, some tough decisions were made.
“Daryl was not approached for an interview for Stop Laughing…This is Serious, but Hey Hey it’s Saturday was cited within the series.”
Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale, did also not appear in the interviews despite decades as a comedic variety duo.
Other names who would be worth considering could include Bert Newton, David Williamson, Phillip Adams, Mike McColl-Jones, Ugly Dave Gray, Jacki MacDonald, John Blackman, Mark Mitchell, Brian Doyle, Reg Livermore, Chris Lilley, Rob Sitch, Barry Crocker, Brian Nankervis, Ted Emery, Adam Zwar, Geoffrey Atherden, Mark Trevorrow, Adam Richard, Michael Veitch, Kim Gyngell.
Also an acknowledgment of writer Fred Parsons, who spanned three eras of Australian comedy, writing vaudeville and variety theatre on Tivoli circuit for Dick Bentley, George Wallace, Mo and then on to TV with Buster Fiddess, Joff Ellen and The Wilsons with Graeme Kennedy and Rosie Sturgess. Parsons made famous the lines, “Fair Suck Of The Sav” and “That was a Joke Joyce.”
Also a chapter on children’s comedy characters? And a nod to Jeanne Little and Maurie Fields.
How about another round, please Auntie?