1 9 9 3 (Australia)
3 x 60 minute episodes
Intended by Channel Seven to tap into Sydney-based comedy talent (the focus had been on Melbourne to date), The Comedy Sale debuted at 7.30 pm on Sunday 25 July 1993.
Although sketch-based, the show was based in a suburban shopping centre – where Mr Goldberg’s shoe shop was named ‘Dead Sea Soles’ and the cake shop was called ‘Silence of the Lamingtons’ – with sketches arising from events taking place in or around the centre.
The cast included many relatively fresh television faces including Ross Daniels (a regular on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard), members of the Umbilical Brothers (Shane Dundas and David Collins), Daina Reid, Jeanette Cronin, Steve Abbott (who transformed his ‘Sandman’ radio character into Mr Sparkle, who cut keys at the shopping centre) and JJJ radio presenter Mikey Robbins.
The debut episode started on a low note – with a truly silly sketch about a shopper using a supermarket trolley for the first time – and went downhill from there. And kept going down. The Comedy Sale reached its nadir with a man in a koala costume trying to go to the toilet.
Up against 60 Minutes and Beverly Hills 90210, the show rated very badly and Channel Seven axed The Comedy Sale after just three episodes had been broadcast, replacing it with repeats of the popular American sitcom, The Golden Girls.