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John Morrison Clarke (born July 29, 1948) is a comedian and writer. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, but has lived in Australia since the 1970s. He is a regular actor and writer on Australian TV. July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Palmerston North is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


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 was supposedly attended by numerous associates 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 (modestly titled Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits (1976)) remains one of New Zealand's all-time biggest selling records. Some of his earliest appearances as Fred Dagg in the Australian media were on the ABC's The Science Show and Dagg later made regular radio appearances on 2JJ up until the station moved to the FM band and was renamed 2JJJ in 1980. An LP record of some the 2JJ sketches, The Fred Dagg Tapes was released in 1979. Fred Dagg is a fictional archetype satirist from New Zealand created and acted on stage, film and television by John Morrison Clarke. ... Triple J (JJJ) is a nationally-networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1984 Clarke was part of the Australian ABCTV series The Gillies Report, starring Max Gillies. Among the highlights of this hugely successful satire were Clarke's straight-faced reports on the fictional sport of 'Farnarkeling'. Airing in 1984/85 the ABC television series the Gillies Report, was a satire show sending up the politicians and media personalities of the day (e. ... Max Gillies (born November 16, 1941 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian actor. ...


Clarke also became known for his screenwriting when, in 1982, he was nominated for an AFI award for co-writing the acclaimed Paul Cox film Lonely Hearts. He also co-wrote the popular 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. An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources, so as to avoid its being considered... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Murray Hone Ball (born 1937) is a New Zealand cartoonist born in Feilding. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Political satire is a subgenre of general satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics, politicians and public affairs. ...


In 1989, along with collaborator Bryan Dawe, Clarke introduced weekly mock interviews to television, on the Nine Network current affairs programme A Current Affair (the interviews debuted on ABC radio). Clarke would take on the persona of a politician or prominent figure, though never attempting to imitate the voice of the subject as in traditional mimicry, and be interviewed by Dawe. The pair continued to do mock interviews for the program until 1997, satirising a wide range of figures, including Paul Keating, Alexander Downer and Alan Bond. After a break, the pair then reappeared on ABC TV's The 7.30 Report in a similar format. The interviews have also been compiled into several books and CD releases. "Great Interviews of the 20th Century" won the ARIA Award for 'Best Australian Comedy Album' in 1991. "The Annual Report" won the same award in 1992 and "Secret Men's Business" was nominated in 1997. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bryan John Dawe is an Australian comedian and satirist. ... The Nine Network is an Australian television network, available in major markets across Australia. ... A Current Affair is a Fox network television show that ran for 10 years from 1986 to 1996 and is reappearing in 2005. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul John Keating (born January 18, 1944), was an Australian politician and the 24th Prime Minister of Australia, serving as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996. ... Alexander John Gosse Downer, MP (born 9 September 1951), Australian politician, became Foreign Minister of Australia in March 1996. ... Alan Bond (born April 22, 1938) is an Australian businessman famous for high-profile business ventures, Alan Bond opened the way for a new style of entrepreneur internationally; building up companies and turning them into the most successful entities in the world with enthusiasm and innovation. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The 7:30 Report is an Australian nightly television current affairs programme, produced by and broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Monday to Thursday at 7:30 PM. The host, Kerry OBrien is one of the few Australian journalists that is able to make a politician to answer a... The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) is the Australian counterpart of the Recording Industry Association of America. ...


During the early 1990s, Clarke featured in two somewhat successful local films, Death in Brunswick, alongside Sam Neill and Blood Oath (released in some countries as Prisoners of the Sun). Over the next five years, he continued to write and act in a handful of films, on top of his continuing series of mock interviews. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Death in Brunswick is a 1991 Australian film. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ... Blood Oath is a 1990 Australian feature film, known in some countries as Prisoners of the Sun. ...


Clarke had another commercial success in 1998, when he co-wrote (with Ross Stevenson) and starred (with Dawe and Gina Riley) in The Games, a mockumentary about the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). The series, in which he played a character with the same name as his own, ran for two seasons, and featured guest appearances from a wide variety of figures, such as singer John Farnham. An early high point for the series was when a number of foreign reporters, mistaking it for genuine documentary, reported on plot lines as actual news stories. Ross (Roscoe) Stevenson with on-air partner John Burns are icons of Melbourne radio. ... Riley (right) with Kath & Kim co-star, Jane Turner. ... The Games was a TV mockumentary, spoofing the Sydney Olympics in 2000. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 2001, Billy Connolly starred in a film based on Clarke's screenplay The Man Who Sued God (re-written by Don Watson), and in 2002 Clarke appeared in an uncharacteristically villainous role in the hit movie Crackerjack and as a comedy club owner in the award-winning telemovie Roy Hollsdotter Live. After something of a quiet period, he re-emerged in 2004, adapting Melbourne author Shane Maloney's Murray Whelan series for film. As of 2004, this franchise has resulted in two films, Stiff and The Brush-Off, both starring David Wenham and Mick Molloy. Clarke directed Stiff himself and made a cameo appearance in The Brush-Off, which was directed by his old friend Sam Neill. 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... DVD cover The Man Who Sued God is a 2001 movie in which Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, an ex-lawyer who sues God because his boat is struck by lightning. ... Crackerjack was a 2002 Australian motion picture comedy starring Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson, Monica Maughan, Samuel Johnson, Lois Ramsay, Bob Hornery and Judith Lucy. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stiffness is the resistance of an elastic body to deflection by an applied force. ... For another person sharing this name see David Wenham (Theologian). ... Mick Molloy hosting his own short-lived television program (1999) Mick Molloy (born July 11, 1966) is a popular Australian comedian, writer and producer who has been active in the fields of radio, television, stand-up and film. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ...


Clarke is 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. The Tournament is a novel writen by Australian satirist John Clarke, depicting a fictional international tennis tournament held in Paris where a variety of notable twentieth century literary, cultural and scientific figures are competitiors. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ...


Filmography

  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (2007) (Stage Musical) (Script writer/May Gibbs book adaptation)
  • The Brush-Off (2004) (TV) .... Ken Sproule (also writer/producer)
  • Stiff (2004) (TV) .... (writer/director/producer)
  • Roy Hollsdotter Live (2003) (TV) .... Mike
  • Crackerjack (2002) .... Bernie Fowler
  • The Games (1998) TV Series .... John (1998-2000) (also writer/executive producer)
  • The Alive Tribe (1997) .... Coach Smith
  • The Problem With Men (1997) TV Series .... Himself (also writer)
  • Stark (1993) (TV) .... Magistrate
  • Death in Brunswick (1991) .... Dave
  • Blood Oath (1990) .... Sheedy
  • A Current Affair (1971) TV Series .... Mock Interviews (1989-1997) (also writer)
  • Never Say Die (1988) .... Car salesman.
  • Those Dear Departed (1987) .... Insp. Jerry
  • Les Patterson Saves the World (1987) .... Mike Rooke
  • Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1987) (voice) .... Wal
  • A Matter of Convenience (1987) (TV) .... Joe McGuiness
  • Man and Boy (1986) .... Man asking directions (also writer/director)
  • The Gillies Report (1984) TV Series .... Various including Farnarkeling Expert (also writer)
  • Lonely Hearts (1982) .... Alan (also writer)
  • Dagg Day Afternoon (1977) .... Fred Dagg (also writer/director)
  • Wild Man (1977) .... Dr. Frederick Z. Daggenheimer
  • Fred Dagg Live: A Bit of a Dagg (1976) (TV) .... Fred Dagg (also writer)
  • Buck House (1974) TV Series .... Ken (1975) (also writer)
  • The Wonderful World of Fred Dagg (1975) TV Series .... Fred Dagg (also writer)
  • The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) .... Expatriate

Stiffness is the resistance of an elastic body to deflection by an applied force. ... Crackerjack was a 2002 Australian motion picture comedy starring Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson, Monica Maughan, Samuel Johnson, Lois Ramsay, Bob Hornery and Judith Lucy. ... The Games was an Australian mockumentary TV series about the run-up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. ... Death in Brunswick is a 1991 Australian film. ... Blood Oath is the title of a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, from the second season. ... A Current Affair is a Fox network television show that ran for 10 years from 1986 to 1996 and is reappearing in 2005. ... There have been several films named Never Say Die, including: 1924 film directed by George Crone. ... Les Patterson Saves the World is a 1987 Australian film. ... Man and Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan. ... Airing in 1984/85 the ABC television series the Gillies Report, was a satire show sending up the politicians and media personalities of the day (e. ... The wild man is a formal character presented in masks and dances of Native Americans in coastal British Columbia. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria memorial. This principal facade of 1850 by Edward Blore was redesigned in 1913 by Sir Aston Webb .Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch and the largest working royal palace remaining in the world. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, telling the story of an Australian yobbo on his travels to the United Kingdom. ...

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