We (Oz, NZ, The World) lost John Clarke #tragic #demoralising


John Morrison Clarke (29 July 1948 – 9 April 2017) was a New Zealand comedian, writer, and satirist.

Born: 29 July 1948, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died: 9 April 2017 (aged 68), Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Living in Australia since the late 1970s, Clarke was a regular actor and writer on Australian television. He first became known during the mid to late 1970s for portraying a laconic farmer called Fred Dagg on stage, film and television. Gumboot and singlet-clad, Dagg had seven sons all named “Trev”. Clarke also recorded a series of records and cassettes and published several books as Dagg. Thirty years after its release, the first Fred Dagg album, Fred Dagg’s Greatest Hits (1976), remains one of New Zealand’s biggest selling records.

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In 1982 he was nominated for an AFI award for co-writing the acclaimed Paul Cox film Lonely Hearts. He also co-wrote the mini-series Anzacs and provided the voice of Wal Footrot in the feature-length animated film, Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale (1986), based on the comic strips by Murray Ball. Towards the end of the 1980s, he featured in a number of other films, and began to be known for his political satire.

In 1989, along with collaborator Bryan Dawe, Clarke introduced weekly satirical mock interviews to television, and these short pieces (usually between 2–5 minutes in duration) became a regular and popular segment of the Nine Network current affairs programme A Current Affair. […] In 2013 the mock interviews became an eponymous program Clarke and Dawe which screened at 6.57pm on ABC TV.


Clarke was the author of several books, notably two mock compilations of Australian poetry, and The Tournament, a book describing a fictional tennis tournament involving many philosophical and literary figures of the twentieth century. Clarke was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame in 2008. The Logie was presented to him by long-time collaborator and friend Bryan Dawe.
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ClarkeAndDawe Published on Apr 5, 2017
Clarke and Dawe – Complete Cohesion As We Approach the Budget
“Scott Morrison, Federal Treasurer” Originally aired on ABC TV: 06/04/2017
Clarke and Dawe’s most recent segment, takes on Scott Morrison’s preparations for the budget.

ClarkeAndDawe Published on Jul 13, 2016
Clarke and Dawe – Thank God it couldn’t happen here.
“The Unique Circumstances Which Produced the Brexit Vote.” Originally aired on ABC TV: 13/07/2016

ClarkeAndDawe Published on Nov 11, 2015
Clarke and Dawe – The Night the Abbott Went Down
“Scott Morrison, Federal Treasurer” Originally aired on ABC TV: 12/11/2015
Clarke as Scott Morrison sorts through the chaos of the night that Tony Abbott was deposed as leader of the Liberal party.

Umbrella Entertainment Published on Jan 11, 2015
The Games Excerpt
‘Have you measured the 100m track, Mr Wilson?’ Preparations for the Olympics run into a number of unexpected hurdles in this episode of The Games. Featuring John Clarke, Gina Riley, Bryan Dawe and Ross Stevenson, this hit ABC comedy series is a deadpan, surreal and highly satirical look at bureaucrats in the throws of organising the extravaganza that will be the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

ClarkeAndDawe Published on Jul 9, 2014
Clarke and Dawe – Asylum Seeker Policy. Proudly Australian.
“Lionel Dropout. Customer Relations Consultant” Originally aired on ABC TV: 10/07/2014

ClarkeAndDawe Uploaded on Jun 23, 2010
Clarke and Dawe – The Front Fell Off
“Bob Collins, Australian Senator” Air date: 26/07/1991processing system.

Suparnovah Uploaded on Mar 25, 2007
Fred Dagg – We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are [1998] Clarke created the character Fred Dagg as a satire of the Kiwi everyman. A farmer, Dagg often appeared on television to express his opinion, often in song, and regularly accompanied by a dog.

So when things are looking really bad
And you’re thinking of giving it away
Remember, New Zealand’s a cracker
And I reckon come what may
If things get appallingly bad
And we’re all under constant attack
Remember, we want to see good clean ball
And for god’s sakes, feed your backs

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John Clarke and Bryan Dawe [newsapi.com.au]


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19 responses to “We (Oz, NZ, The World) lost John Clarke #tragic #demoralising

  1. russandbev

    John Clarke was truly an iconic satirist who came at the right time, but was essentially bullied out of NZ. However NZ was probably too small for the size of his potential and subsequent success in Australia. “The Front off” will always be a highlight for me but also his sports deliveries on the success of Dave Sorenson in Farnarkling are incredible and in his way point out the stupidity of sport. The antipodes will miss this gentle man with his keen insight.

  2. Elizabeth

    russandbev, there are so many excellent clips to choose from but last night in revision of the post before publishing I removed this one:

    Heraklitus1 Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010
    The Gillies Report 12 – Farnarkeling Monologues plus Song
    ‘The oleaginous Sorenson’ – A series of monologues about the fictitious sport of farnarkeling, from The Gillies Report. On his website, Clarke explained: “Farnarkeling is engaged in by two teams whose purpose is to arkle, and to prevent the other team from arkeling, using a flukem to propel a gonad through sets of posts situated at random around the periphery of a grommet.”

  3. Gurglars

    russandbev, I have to pick you up on a point of order in your previous post.

    Fred and John in their sports reporting on farnackling in fact are taking the piss out of television COMMENTATORS on sport not the actual sport(s) themselves. In fact John was a serious sportsman himself often playing at possibly the finest course in the world, Royal Melbourne, with his old mate Peter Thomson, a five times winner of the British Open and a golfing commentator of some note himself.

    Fred and John saw the fawning, self serving, hypocritical commentators who were in fact not at all critical as sycophants, a fine example of which are rugby and cricket commentators in New Zealand.

  4. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

  5. Gurglars

    Where are the critical, erudite, evaluationists of the next generation.

    The critical element was washed out with ponsy teachers at primary school, and beyond!

    • Elizabeth

      Too general. Out of touch.

      Dunedin and Otago have some brilliant schools that test the mettle intellectually, ‘spontaneously’ and ‘studied’.

      Kids of all ages continue to have political smarts and satirical rigour – through all their interactions, observations and influences they remain entirely “human”. Satirical ‘seeing’ is always there…. the art and power of criticality, interpretation, humour, illustration, scripting and dramatic execution have not died. If anything, MSM, social media and technology provides opportunity to push young people further than the productive heights of old icons at a similar age. Native cunning is hard to kill.

  6. Pb

    Not again! What is it with 2017 and comedians. I wouldn’t want to be one. Behold a pale horse.

  7. Gurglars

    Make that agers!

    Most of the damage is done at primary school where boys are taught to be good little lord fauntleroys and girls are being educated in heavy lifting.

    None of which has reduced violence or violent crime, but has produced a culture where on the news each day we can be assured of adding another letter to the eponymous acronym.

  8. Gurglars

    Just found this beauty- always relevant

    yrawma Uploaded on Feb 14, 2007
    John Clarke and Bryan Dawe have a laugh at the IR laws
    John Clarke and Bryan Dawe skit: “Mr Howard you’re going to be remembered as the man who single handedly made the union movement stronger than ever!”

  9. Gurglars

    And taking the piss out of the warmonger era

    taksravenlive Uploaded on Apr 28, 2009
    Anzac Day – Clarke and Dawe

  10. Mike

    I was disappointed to learn on TV1 news that he had died “hiking”. John Clarke was one of the first characters on NZ TV who championed the NZ accent, and NZ words, on a NZBC which championed English RP as the only correct way for a proper person to speak.

    So let’s get it straight …. he was tramping ….

  11. Elizabeth


    █ █ █ John Clarke Tribute 19:30 – 20:00

    Same via YouTube

    Received via Hype O’Thermia (source not identified)
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 at 2:05 p.m.

  12. Gurglars

    Demonstrating John’s understanding of commentating on Australian rules football!

  13. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain:

    10 Apr 2017

    13 Apr 2017


    Thu, 13 Apr 2017
    ODT Editorial: Australasia’s comic genius
    When New Zealanders ponder the standout comedians of the past 50 years two names stand out, Billy T. James and John Clarke. While there have been plenty of talented and popular comics, such as David McPhail and Jon Gadsby, James and Clarke live on in special stardom. All they had to do was walk on to a stage and everyone would smile and laughter begin to bubble. John Clarke, aka Fred Dagg and other persona, died of natural causes, aged 68, while bird watching and hiking in the Grampian Mountains in Victoria last weekend. He is remembered not just for his brilliance, wit and deadpan delivery but also as a lovely, thoughtful and kind bloke. Genius does not have to be tortured. The best satire does not have to be mean or sarcastic. Cont/

  14. Elizabeth

    RNZ Published on Apr 9, 2017
    Tributes flow for John Clarke
    Actor and comedian John Clark died over the weekend, aged 68. The New Zealander, who was known best for his portrayal of Fred Dagg, died while walking in Australia, where he was based.

    RNZ Published on Apr 10, 2017
    Sam Neill on his ‘brilliant’ friend John Clarke
    Actor Sam Neill went to university with John Clarke, who died over the weekend. Here, he talks to John Campbell about the adventures, the laughs and the good times they shared over almost 50 years.

    John Clarke – Topic Published on Nov 6, 2014
    Flea Race
    Audio file. Provided to YouTube by TuneCore
    Fred Dagg – The Taihape Years ℗ 2013 John Clarke
    Released on: 2005-11-01 Auto-generated by YouTube

    RNZ Published on Apr 9, 2017
    Geoff Murphy remembers friend John Clarke
    The late John Clarke’s friend, actor Geoff Murphy, remembers his mate and the years they shared together.

    Gavin Storey Published on Apr 11, 2017
    09 John Clarke interview 2006

  15. Gurglars

    Just found some crackers!

  16. Gurglars

    Cloudy in Dunedin tonight!

  17. Elizabeth

    18/05/2017 at 7:29 p.m.
    Gurglars found this:

    ClarkeAndDawe Published on May 17, 2017
    Clarke and Dawe from the archives – Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive
    “Tony Abbott, Australian Opposition Leader; Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister; Christopher Pyne, MP; Anthony Albanese, MP” Originally aired on ABC TV’s The 7.30 Report: 30/09/2010 replayed from the archives 18/05/2017.

  18. Elizabeth

    ### radionz.co.nz Wed, 26 Jul 2017
    RNZ National – From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 32 minutes ago
    Fred Dagg Exhibition Link
    In April this year we lost one of our most well-known satirists and man behind the kiwi icon, Fred Dagg. New Zealand-born John Clarke died aged 68 while on a hike with his family in Victoria’s Grampian National Park. But the unmistakable hat, shearer’s singlet, shorts and gumboots of Fred Dagg are living on. The classic costume is on display at Te Papa, and curator Stephanie Gibson explains.

    Audio | Download: Ogg MP3 (6′ 18″)

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