Renowned TV satirist John Clarke no more

Renowned TV satirist John Clarke no more Updated on : 11-04-2017 11:16 AM
Renowned Comedian and TV satirist John Clarke passes away at the age of 68. The New Zealand born political satirist died from natural causes while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria.


Clarke, beloved in Australia and New Zealand, was known for his partnership with Bryan Dawe on the Nine Network's A Current Affair, on ABC radio and the ABC's 7.30 program.

The pair just recently satirised Australia's energy debate with an interview with energy consultant 'Wal Socket' and have conducted mock interviews satirising politicians including John Howard, Paul Keating and George Bush.

Clarke moved to Australia in 1977 and became famous for portraying New Zealand farmer called Fred Dagg on stage, film and television.

He also created the acclaimed Olympic Games mockumentary The Games about the Sydney 2000 Olympics organising committee, co-wrote the drama mini-series ANZACs and voiced the character of Wal Footrot in animated film, Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale.

He was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for co-writing film Lonely Hearts and in 2008 was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Clarke's laconic wit was rarely wide of the mark and he says he should know because with lethal accuracy Clarke made politicians and prime ministers, including himself, his prey.(Agency inputs)

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