Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘comedians’

20 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Athol Tier as Napoleon historical – c1931

Athol Tier’s performance as Napoleon was one of the many routines filmed for the Efftee Entertainers series of variety shorts.

B

The Big Gig – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1989

There’s a rowdy beer-hall type atmosphere to this comedy-variety show, which tapped into a vibrant ‘80s live comedy scene in Melbourne.

C

The Chaser’s War on Everything – APEC Episodes television program – 2007

The Chaser’s APEC episodes underscore the power of the unexpected in this type of comedy and the legal juggling act involved in bringing it to air on a weekly basis.

The Chaser’s War on Everything – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 2006

This is the first episode of the satirical variety program, containing comic pranks, commentary and send-ups responding to topical issues and more general subjects.

Clubland feature film – 2007

Clubland explores that time when a young man discovers sex and has to sever the relationship he has with his mother.

The Comedy Company – Series 1 Episode 11 television program – 1988

The Comedy Company, with its array of familiar, daggy suburban characters, was a popular sensation.

D

DAAS Kapital – Faith television program – 1992

The Doug Anthony All Stars serve up heavy doses of the nonsensical and the bizarre, plus dashes of sexual innuendo, cartoon-style violence and deliberate tastelessness.

D-Generation – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1985

While the D-Generation credits read like a who’s who of two decades’ worth of Australian comedy, at the time these comedians were unknowns.

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Fast Forward – Series 4 Episode 3 television program – 1992

A sketch comedy show from the late 1980s and early ‘90s featuring some big names in Australian comedy.

Full Frontal – Series 3 Episode 4 television program – 1995

This sketch comedy series features early work from performers like Eric Bana and Shaun Micallef.

Funny by George: The George Wallace Story documentary – 1999

An untrained actor with a talent for stand up comedy, George Wallace’s first job was with Happy Harry Salmon’s travelling show.

G

George Wallace: Australia’s Premier Comedian historical – 1931

This screen test by seasoned vaudeville comic George Wallace led to roles in several feature films.

H

Harmony Row feature film – 1933

George Wallace’s talent for physical comedy is fully evident in the boxing match which serves as the film’s climax.

I

I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan documentary – 2004

Milligan’s affection for Australia, particularly the suburb of Woy Woy which he quips is a great place to commit suicide, had a significant impact on his life.

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John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 television program – 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

John Safran vs God – Episode 2 television program – 2004

Nothing is sacred in John Safran’s comedy-documentary series about religion.

L

Let George Do It feature film – 1938

Although reliant on the comic sketches Wallace made famous in his vaudeville act, the film is pushed along by the thrilling outdoor action sequences Ken Hall knew how to direct.

M

The Money or the Gun – Heroin television program – 1989

Denton defends comedy as a means of being serious as he tackles the topic of heroin.

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The Sailors spoken word – 1927

A theatrical comedy routine by vaudeville performers Stiffy (Nat Phillips) and Mo (Roy Rene) recorded in 1927.

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The Upside Down Show – Art Museum television program – 2006

A show for preschoolers using the talents of stand-up comedians the Umbilical Brothers.