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This Australian comedy show starred Andrew Denton and is notable for beginning the television careers of many Australian performers including Flacco, Bob Downe and Roy & HG.
The late-night time slot produced more adult humour and content than many other shows of the era, and regular segments included ‘In Bed Tonight With James Scanlon’.
The show also featured some controversial live performances. Ignatius Jones, former lead singer of Jimmy And The Boys, performed in a suit made entirely from cuts of meat, and Lubricated Goat performed live, stark naked.
A running joke was that Denton was the “work experience kid” filling in while waiting for the real star of the show to arrive, à la Waiting for Godot. In contrast to the Godot play, he finally does arrive, five minutes from the end of the final episode.