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John Clarke

Comedian, Writer, Actor

One of the funniest people on either side of the Tasman, John Clarke’s brand of droll defined the high-water mark of Kiwi and Australian comedy for more than 30 years. Spawned in the early 1970s, his gumboot-clad philosopher Fred Dagg marked a key moment in the development of New Zealand comedy. Clarke passed away on 9 April 2017. He was 68.

In basic terms, Clarke invented humour in NZ … he came up with a comic language. Every attempt to be funny or real in a NZ way follows from here. Steve Braunias, Metro Magazine

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Interview

John Clarke: A bit of a Dagg...

Interview, 2011

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Interview

Lorin Clarke - Funny As Interview

Interview, 2019

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John Clarke - Funny As compilation

2021, Subject, As: Fred Dagg - Web

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Vox Pops - watching John Clarke

2021, Subject - Web

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy (series promo)

2019, Subject - Television

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John Clarke interviewed by Ian Fraser (NZFGC Conference)

2012, Subject - Web

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Radiradirah

2010, Actor - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 3 - Let Us Entertain You

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 6 - A Sense of Identity

2010, Subject - Television

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Radiradirah - First Episode

2010, Special Guest Star - Television

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bro'Town - A Vegetarian at My Table

2009, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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The Topp Twins: - Untouchable Girls

2009, Subject - Film

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One News - John Clarke at the Logie Awards

2008, Subject - Television

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Sunday - John Clarke

2008, Subject - Television

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The Underwatermelon Man and Other Unreasonable Rhymes

2006, Performer - Short Film

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Arts All Blacks announcement by John Clarke

2006, As: All Black Selector, Subject - Television

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bro'Town - I Still Call Australia Home...Oh

2006, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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The Dagg Sea Scrolls

2006, Subject, Producer, As: Fred Dagg, various roles - Television

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Who Laughs Last

2006, Subject - Television

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SportsCafe - Grand Final

2005, Subject - Television

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bro'Town

2004 - 2009, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Face to Face with Kim Hill - John Clarke

2004, Subject - Television

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Blerta Revisited

2001, Various roles, Writer, As: Fred Dagg, Original Director - Film

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We Don't Know How Lucky We Are

1998, Subject - Music video

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Kiwiana

1996, Subject - Television

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Beyond a Joke!

1995, Subject - Television

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Fraser - John Clarke interview

1994, Subject - Television

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Holmes - John Clarke

1991 - 1993, Subject, As: Bob Hawke & Paul Keating - Television

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The Grass is Greener - John Clarke

1991, Subject - Television

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The Grass is Greener - Sam Neill

1991, Subject - Television

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Magic Kiwis - Lynn & Fred

1990, Subject - Television

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Eyewitness News - John Clarke interview

1989, Subject - Television

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Magic Kiwis

1989 - 1991, Subject - Television

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Never Say Die

1988, As: Car salesman - Film

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The Making of Footrot Flats

1986, Subject - Television

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Footrot Flats - The Dog's Tale

1986, As: Wal - Film

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Then Again - John Clarke interview

1986, Subject - Television

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Eyewitness - Dr Fred Dagg on Australian Politics

1980, Subject - Television

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Telethon - Fred Dagg

1978, Subject, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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A Bit of a Dagg (Fred Dagg Live)

1977, Writer, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Dagg Day Afternoon

1977, Co-Director, Writer, Music, As: Fred Dagg - Short Film

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Wild Man

1977, As: Doctor Daggenheimer - Film

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Grunt Machine - Andy Anderson spoof interview with John Clarke

1975, As: Hiram W. Violent - Television

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Buck House - Series Two, Episode One

1975, As: Ken, Additional Writing - Television

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Fred Dagg at the Opening of Avalon TV Centre

1975, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Fred Dagg Skits

1975, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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The Wonderful World of...

1975, Writer, As: Fred Dagg, David Sorenson, Dennis Racket, little boy & mother, various roles - Television

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Tonight at Nine

1975 - 1976, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Tonight at Nine - Fred Dagg Skits

1975 - 1976, Writer, As: Fred Dagg, All Black, priest - Television

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Buck House

1975, As: Ken - Television

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Percy the Policeman - Series

1974, As: Mr Grump (episode two) - Television

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Country Calendar - Fred Dagg

1974, As: Fred Dagg , Writer - Television

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Nationwide

1974 - 1975, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Nationwide Skits - Fred Dagg and Company

1974, Writer, As: Fred Dagg, David Frost, various public servants - Television

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Gallery - Fred Dagg and company

1973, As: Fred Dagg - Television

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Gallery

1973, As: Fred Dagg - Television