GRAHAM KENNEDY SHOW, THE
Considered by many as the ‘King’ of Australian television, Graham Kennedy established himself on the ground-breaking prime-time live variety show In Melbourne Tonight, launched on GTV-9 in 1957. From there he was given the golden opportunity on special Friday night editions to host The Graham Kennedy Show and the rest is history- a bold, jocular and decidedly hilarious slice of Australian television variety.
Presented in this collection are four sensationally significant episodes (ranging from the 60’s to the 70’s) that will guarantee to send you back, including Graham's second ever episode.
Featuring his very first live AO-rated (adults only) transmission in Australia, which opened the floodgates to Graham's unique blend of spontaneous humour and controversial observations. In the wake of Graham's infamous 'Crow Call' incident, also included is the rarely seen and totally uncut 1975 episode of the 'Criticism of Doug McClelland', where Graham's opening monologue attacks Senator Doug McClelland, the then Minister for the Media for his failure to support local content regulations for TV.
Supported by the likes of Bert Newton, Rosemary Margan and Pete Smith each episode is a tantalising peek into Australian television past, from cheeky discussions of censorship and nudity to live advertising jingles and sketches for Sidchrome, Tip Top, Tom Piper, Cedel Hairspray, TAA and even a classy Kentucky Fried Chicken spot with Bert Newton donning the white goatee and suit to portray the one and only Colonel Sanders!
Celebrating an array of entertaining guests, The Graham Kennedy Show includes: Don Saunders, Brian Doyle, Joff Ellen, Jack Little, Lorrae Desmond, Arthur Duncan, Elaine McKenna, Johnny Rohan, Jimmy Hannan, The George Brothers, earlysightings of Ozzie Ostrich, a fresh- faced Daryl Somers as well as Jon English performing the breathtaking 'Heaven on Their Minds' from the hit 1972 Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Due to the archival nature of this presentation the quality of viewing material may vary from episode to episode, but it should not impact on your viewing enjoyment.
- Bert Newton
- Graham Kennedy