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John Clarke

Comedian, Writer, Actor

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 a distinctly New Zealand style of humour. Dagg's reign as a Kiwi comedy star spanned just four years, before Clarke began anew in Australia. He passed away on 9 April 2017, at age 68.

I like that show of yours. And I’ll tell you what it’s like: your show is a secret between the people who are making it and the people who are watching it. One of John Clarke's favourite quotes, as told to him by a fan of Clarke's TV series The Games, quoted in The Age, 19 June 2004

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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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John Clarke - Honorary Doctorate of Literature Speech

2007, Subject - Film

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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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The Underwatermelon Man - The Hide and Seeky Bird

2006, Narrator - Short Film

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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, As: 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 - 1976, 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, 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