In this Funny As interview, writer Lorin Clarke, daughter of comedic legend John Clarke, shares memories of her “hilarious dad” and his “two separate careers in two separate continents”. From Fred Dagg to farnarkeling, she covers:
- Her dad being the “prat-falling paper collector” during pass-the-parcel games at birthday parties
- His enjoyment of “the art of exaggeration” and how he always said his greatest strength was that he came from the audience — starting with Fred Dagg
- Her dad's first day at Victoria University being a defining moment, because of the stimulating creative community he found himself in
- His move to Australia allowing the chance to reinvent himself, and “expand his career into a whole lot of new areas”
- That it wasn't so much a fear of flying that kept him in his own world, rather “that he liked to be where he was”
- How New Zealand framed much of his perspective on the world
- The “tsunami of love and support” the family received on John Clarke’s passing
Note: For more on John Clarke, check out this Funny As interview with Simon Morris.
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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