Satirist John Clarke, of Clarke and Dawe fame, dies aged 68

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April 10, 2017 10:43:41

Celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68.

Clarke was born in New Zealand but made his name as a comedian and political satirist in Australia after arriving in the 1970s.

For 27 years, he has appeared on Australian television conducting mock interviews and skewering politicians with his comedy partner, Bryan Dawe.

Clarke was a man of diverse talents — a comedian, actor and writer of television, film and stage musicals.

He came to attention in his native New Zealand in the 1970s with the TV series Fred Dagg, a satirical take on the country bloke.

He co-wrote the multi-award winning mockumentary The Games, about the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, which aired in 1999 and 2000.

He also co-wrote stage musicals The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom.

His books included A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report.

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April 10, 2017 10:42:36



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