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    John Clark

    Just heard that John has passed away suddenly... during a hiking trip yesterday.

    Thanks for keeping those bastard pollies honest with your wicked satire Mr Clark.
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    Good bloke, for a Kiwi.

    All the pollies will breathe a sigh of relief.

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    I shed a tear.

    Sharpest wit in Canberra.

    RIP John. Gone too soon.
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    RIP John.
    This links in some of his classics.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...-dagg-has-died

    One of New Zealand and Australia's most well-known satirists, John Clarke - the man who created comic character Fred Dagg - has died at the age of 68.

    A spokesman for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, for whom Clarke worked, confirmed that he died on Sunday of natural causes, while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria.

    Clarke was best known for creating the laconic farmer Fred Dagg, but also enjoyed success as an author, actor, editor and screenwriter.

    Comic actor John Clarke has died at 68.
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    Comic actor John Clarke has died at 68.

    Born in Palmerston North, he studied at Victoria University before heading to London, where he gained a break through with a part in the 1972 Barry Humphries comedy The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

    READ MORE: Live: The man behind NZ icon Fred Dagg has died

    Clarke came home a year later, and was in the cast of New Zealand's first sitcom, the student-flat comedy Buck House.

    John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1978.
    John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1978.

    By then, Clarke had already pioneered his iconic character Fred Dagg in short TV sketches and a Country Calendar 'spoof' edition.

    Dagg's instant success turned into TV specials and a short film, Dagg Day Afternoon (which Clarke made with Goodbye Pork Pie director Geoff Murphy), a nationwide tour, books, and even singles - most famously, We Don't Know How Lucky We Are. Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits remains one of New Zealand's best selling albums.

    Clarke moved to Australia in 1977, and soon made an impact, particularly in a series of satirical interview slots with Australian writer Bryan Dawe which mocked major Australian politicians.


    In his later career, Clarke worked as a writer and script editor on major Australian cinematic works, including The Man Who Sued God (2000) and Crackerjack (2002).

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    He was also behind The Games, a series which mocked the Sydney Olympics organising committee.

    Clarke's company Huntaway Films, formed with Sam Neill, delivered TV movies based on the Murray Whelan novels written by Shane Maloney about a political spin doctor turned MP played by David Wenham.

    John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1976.
    John Clarke as Fred Dagg in 1976.

    Clarke's last works for a New Zealand audience included adding Fred Dagg's voice to episodes of Bro Town and the sketch show Radiradirah.

    Clarke was also a prolific writer, publishing more than 20 books in his lifetime - including A Dagg at my Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report.

    TRIBUTES TO CLARKE


    Prime Minister Bill English was among the first to pay tribute to Clarke, tweeting that "His humour captured the experience of life in NZ and Australia.

    Sad to hear of the death of John Clarke, aka Fredd Dagg. His humour captured the experience of life in NZ and Australia.

    Bill English (@pmbillenglish) April 10, 2017
    Broadcaster John Campbell shared the news calling it "bloody sad".

    John Clarke as Fred Dagg riffing on Daylight Savings in 1976.
    John Clarke as Fred Dagg riffing on Daylight Savings in 1976.

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    Comedian Jesse Griffin said Fred Dagg was a heavy influence on his own musical alter-ego, Wilson Dixon. "John personified that dry Kiwi understated humour which certainly has influenced me, and you can see it through the work of Flight of the Conchords, and Taika Waititi's films, and The Front Lawn," Griffin said. "That celebration of the mundane, that dry observation... he was the first to really bring that out in a performative way. He will be sadly missed."






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    R.I.P big guy

    what a wit !


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    will be missed very smart man.....

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    Unfortunately I've only known him for his Clark and Dawe sketches.
    A very smart and witty man with impeccable comedic timing.
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    And he was a voice in the Footrot Flats movie too. he did a lot of good work

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    RIP John , loved the way he took the piss out of every politician
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    He will be sadly missed unlike any of our politicians.

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    A great talent gone too soon.
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    A brilliant satirist.

    RIP Mr Clark, you will be missed.

    Who is going to call these fuckwit overpaid politicians to account????

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    Very few like John Clark, if you knew nothing about how the government behaved, he always bring you up to speed,one of natures gentleman from our brothers across the ditch, sadly missed. R.I.P.

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    What hell? I only know 3 or 5 kiwi personalities off of the top of my head. Why is it that we still have Richard Wilkins?

    Sad to hear of the sudden passing. Locally produced satire is in such short supply and I for one mourn the passing of the man and the talent way before his time.
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    Didn't watch a lot of Clarke and Dawe but the approach was very clever.
    Despite not knowing much of his work I was sad to hear of his passing as I knew he was a brilliant man - I want to watch some youtubes but fear I will regret not having watched them and appreciating them when they were being made.
    Rest in Peace, Mr Clarke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wonky View Post
    And he was a voice in the Footrot Flats movie too. he did a lot of good work
    Watched it with Ms Chew on Saturday night in response to the passing of Murray Ball a few weeks ago.

    He voiced Wal Footrot.
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    Murray Ball. Gone.

    John Clark. Gone.

    Are there any useful kiwis left now?
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    Jimmy Richards is still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phildo View Post
    Murray Ball. Gone.

    John Clark. Gone.

    Are there any useful kiwis?
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