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The Big Gig was a popular Australian television sketch comedy series. It was produced and broadcast by the ABC in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was directed by Ted Robinson, who started his career as the director of the second series of the acclaimed The Aunty Jack Show in the early 1970s. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australias national public broadcaster. ... This article needs to be wikified. ...

Largely based around performers sourced from the thriving Melbourne stand-up comedy scene of that time, the series brought a number of new comedy acts to national prominence and made major stars of its host, stand-up comedian Wendy Harmer, who later became a top-rating host on morning radio in Sydney in the 1990s, and the regularly featured act, The Doug Anthony All-Stars. City of Melbourne Local Government Area State Victoria Lord Mayor John So (since 2001) Area 36 km² Population (2001) 57,960 Density 1,601/km² (1999) Greater Melbourne Subdivisions Local Government Areas Area 7,694 km² (1999) Population 2001 census (2nd in Australia) 3,555,321 Density 462. ... Wikinews has news related to this article: Australia Look up Australia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikitravel guide to Australia Australian Government Entry Portal Commonwealth Government Online Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) DFAT: Country Information Satellite images of Australia (Google Maps) National Library of Australia National... Sydney is the capital city of the Australian state of New South Wales and Australias largest and oldest city (founded in 1788). ... The Doug Anthony All Stars were an Australian musical comedy group comprised of Tim Ferguson, Richard Fidler and Paul McDermott. ...

Starting in 1989 and running until 1992 and originally named Tuesday Night Live, The Big Gig showcased both comedy and music and offered opportunities not available to the performers otherwise. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

The show typically started with a monologue from host Wendy Harmer (or, from mid-1989 to mid-1990, Glynn Nicholas) before launching into a musical act. Regulars on the show included the house band The Swinging Sidewalks, the Bachelors From Prague or Zydeko Jump; the same band would also close the show while the credits played over them. A monologue, which comes from the Greek words mono and logos meaning one word, is a speech by one person directly addressing an audience. ... A house band is a group of musicians, centrally organized by a band leader, that regularly play a venue every night it is open for business and are synonymous with the establishment. ... The term credit can have several meanings in different contexts. ...

A regular feature of The Big Gig was the character 'Veronica Glenhuntly' (played by comedian Jean Kittson), an acid-tongued newsreader. Many storylines would run through her, including her on-air wooing, marriage and birth of twins (named Veronica, after herself, and Wayne, after her husband, golf-star Wayne "Lighnting" Truscott). She was later joined by weather reporter Clinton Funt, played by musician and comedian Phillip Scott. The character partly parodied contemporary ABC (Victoria) newsreader Mary Delahunty, but her surname was also a reference to the elite Melbourne suburb of Glenhuntly. Kittson also played several other characters, including ditzy gym nut Candida Royale and sinister flight attendant Rose McCloud. A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ... A Newsreader is as a person that represents a radio or tv show. ... Mary Delahunty is an Australian journalist and politician. ... City of Melbourne Local Government Area State Victoria Lord Mayor John So (since 2001) Area 36 km² Population (2001) 57,960 Density 1,601/km² (1999) Greater Melbourne Subdivisions Local Government Areas Area 7,694 km² (1999) Population 2001 census (2nd in Australia) 3,555,321 Density 462. ... It has been suggested that Suburbia be merged into this article or section. ... Candida Royalle was an erotic actress and is owner and president of Femme Productions, a company which produces erotic films for women. ... Flight attendants, formerly called sky girls, air hostesses, stewardesses and stewards hold the primary responsibility for the safety and comfort of airline passengers. ...

The Big Gig became known for showcasing many new comedy acts, including Judith Lucy, Anthony Morgan, Jimeoin, Greg Fleet, Lano and Woodley (at the time members of a trio called The Found Objects, with Scott Casley), Scared Weird Little Guys and The Umbilical Brothers , Judith Lucy (born March 25, 1968) is a popular Australian comedienne, known primarily for her stand-up comedy. ... Jimeoin (born Jimeoin McKeown on January 24, 1966 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish-Australian stand-up comedian and actor. ... Lano and Woodley (Colin Lane and Frank Woodley) are a successful Australian comedy duo. ... Scared Weird Little Guys are an Australian Comedy band who write some very funny music. ...

Nevertheless, major drawcards for both the studio audience and viewers at home was the regular cast. Some played characters -- for example, Glynn Nicholas portrayed saccharine children's TV performer Paté Biscuit and her hand puppet Bongo (a broad send-up of 70s Aussie children's TV star Patsy Biscoe) and oafish policeman Sergeant F*kn Smith. Co-writing Nicholas's material was the young Shaun Micallef. Comedians Matt Parkinson and Matthew Quartermaine, aka The Empty Pockets also played the Lager Boys. The Lager Boys featured in a popular series of anarchic blackout sketches, promoting fictitious products and/or TV programs, and which were noted for including brief intercuts taken from pornographic videos. Viewers often taped The Big Gig on their VCRs in order to replay the Lager Boys segments in slow motion. Shaun Micallef is an Australian comedian. ...

Angela Moore, later a cast member of the children's programme Play School, played another popular semi-regular character, the batty, screechy-voiced housewife Shirley Purvis, with fellow Play School alumnus Glenn Butcher playing her hopeless son Darren. Shirley and Darren were characters they had originated while members of popular comedy troupe The Castanet Club. Other regular cast members included Denise Scott, Anthony Ackroyd, Lynda Gibson and Phillip Scott. Play School is an educational television programme for pre-school aged children. ...

The most popular featured act was the irreverent musical comedy trio the Doug Anthony All Stars, also known as DAAS, whose trademark psuedo-military uniforms and shameless attacks on sacred cows quickly became legendary. The Dougs, as they became known as, would often be on at the end of the program and were regulars up until 1991, when they left to produce their own show, DAAS Kapital (also shown on ABC TV). Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) were an Australian musical comedy group comprising Tim Ferguson, Richard Fidler and Paul McDermott. ... The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) were an Australian musical comedy group comprising Tim Ferguson, Richard Fidler and Paul McDermott. ... DAAS Kapital was a television comedy series written and performed by Australian comedy trio the Doug Anthony All Stars. ...

Repeats of The Big Gig are occasionally still shown on The Comedy Channel. The Comedy Channel (sometimes thecomedychannel) is a pay-TV channel avaliable on Australias Foxtel, Austar and Optus Vision pay television providers. ...

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