1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 5 (Australia)
25 x 60 minute episodes
This comedy series from Australia’s Channel Seven starred stand-up comedian and actor Jimeoin (born James Eoin McKeown), a native of Northern Ireland, accompanied by regular sidekicks Bob Franklin, Brain Nankervis and Glenn Robbins, and a cavalcade of other guest comedians.
Shows combined a selection of pre-recorded skits with humorous theatrical performances in front of a studio audience, including a regular (largely improvised) segment called ‘The Cooking Show’, which contained no actual cooking but lots of potatoes dressed up to impersonate well-known figures – and the ubiquitous descent down invisible escalators.
Regular characters on the show include Mr Trampoline, Leaf Insect Man, the Martyr Brothers (“We offered!”), Detachable Toe and Super Wheelbarrow.
The second series switched to a later time slot on Thursday nights, allowing for a racier tone.