Monday, April 10, 2017

Vale John Clarke

It is so easy for us to take potshots at politicians. God knows, they deserve it. But it takes a lot of very clever talent to satirise politicians. Since my age of about 30, John Clarke has been in my life, amusing and entertaining me with his clever wit in whatever area, be it a comedy tv programme, a serious tv programme, on radio, on tv, or in a film and of course he wrote.

I was shattered when I heard today that he has died at the age of 68, the same age as R. How the bejesus did we get so old? It is not fair.

John, I am a better and smarter person from having you in my life and you are a huge loss to Australia. Bye bye John.


16 comments:

  1. I will miss him terribly. Not often I can say that about a public personality.

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  2. Yes, I was quite teary when I heard about John's death. He was the same age as my partner, too.
    But, oh, how much pleasure he brought to our lives! RIP Mr Clarke aka Fred Dagg.

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  3. I was shocked at news too. I am the same age (well, within a couple of months).

    He was a brilliant satirist especially as he never actually impersonated the appearance, sound or body language of the people he was satirising. He relied simply on clever, humorous dialogue.

    His satire of the preparations for the Sydney Olympics will remain a cherished favourite for me.

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    1. Victor, and how true his satire of the Olympics proved to be. I've already advised R to not go hiking. I suggest you take the same advice.

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  4. He will be much missed. By people he probably didn't even realise he had touched.
    Definitely a sadder world without him.

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    1. Just a huge loss, EC. It would have been good to see some politicians squirming as they watched him and Brian Dawe.

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  5. I heard he had died, but didn't recall who he was until I saw his face on the news. Then I was sad. Such a funny man.

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    1. He was, River, and quite brilliant.

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  6. Oh dear that was a bit of a shock.
    May he R.I.P
    A funny man from NZ who certainly made me laugh.

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    1. Margaret, it was a terrible shock. I agree with your sentiments.

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  7. John Clarke was a funny, clever, yet humble man....he will be missed...his humour will be missed.

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    1. Lee, very humble. I like a cartoon I saw today, where it was pointed out how politicians were praising him, while he was no longer around to defend himself. Very clever.

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  8. His humour was so very witty, it's a great loss.

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    1. Fen, really clever humour, that cut through cleanly.

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