Category: Shaun Micallef

  • Fast Forward x 2
    Fast Forward x 2

    Fast Forward was an Australian sketch show that ran on the 7 Network for 74 episodes between 1989 and 1994. It’s worth quoting Mark Lewisohn in full from his excellent Radio Times Guide To TV Comedy: An earthy and funny sketch show, spoofing film and television and featuring, in its original version at least, some…

  • Michael Jacobs
    Michael Jacobs

    There’s an Australian sketch show that I’d like to see more of. It’s Full Frontal, which introduced the world to many names, including Shaun Micallef, Eric Bana, and Roz Hammond. I briefly talked about this show on Comedy Is … a few weeks ago.

  • Shaun Being Too Visual
    Shaun Being Too Visual

    Choosing which moments from various shows to excerpt in the latest episode of Comedy Is … was a careful exercise. Some of the best sketches from Shaun Micallef’s shows rely on visuals, mostly reactions, or on the silence between moments. This is hard to demonstrate in an audio format. So here’s a few clips that…

  • Shaun Loves Lemonade
    Shaun Loves Lemonade

    I found this a little too late to include in the latest episode of Comedy Is … – but here’s an early television appearance by Shaun Micallef in an advert for the now defunct Hall’s Lemonade. My guess is this was made while he was writing for The Big Gig, and trying to get on…

  • Comedy Is … A Miracle, Doctor
    Comedy Is … A Miracle, Doctor

    A treat afforded by the Paramount Comedy Channel, was the opportunity to watch some shows that weren’t otherwise on offer elsewhere. Some were curios, some were average, but occasionally some were absolutely fantastic. On this episode of Comedy Is … I take a look at The Micallef P(r)ogram(me), and the career of Shaun Micallef, along…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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