John Clarke

Comedian, Writer, Actor

One of the funniest people on either side of the Tasman, John Clarke’s brand of droll wit (always delivered with a wickedly understated authenticity) defined the high-water mark of Kiwi and Australian comedy for 30 years. Spawned in the early 70s, his gumboot-clad character Fred Dagg marked a defining moment in the development of New Zealand comedy. Clarke passed away on 9 April 2017. 

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

Interview

John Clarke: A bit of a Dagg...

Interview, 2011

Interview

Lorin Clarke - Funny As Interview

Interview, 2019

Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

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

2019, Subject - Television

Radiradirah

2010, Actor - Television

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

2010, Subject - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Subject - Television

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

2010, Subject - Television

Radiradirah - First Episode

2010, Special Guest Star - Television

The Topp Twins: - Untouchable Girls

2009, Subject - Film

Who Laughs Last

2006, Subject - Television

SportsCafe - Grand Final

2005, Subject - Television

bro'Town

2004 - 2009, As: Fred Dagg - Television

Face to Face with Kim Hill - John Clarke

2004, Subject - Television

Blerta Revisited

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

We Don't Know How Lucky We Are

1998, Subject - Music video

Kiwiana

1996, Subject - Television

Beyond a Joke!

1995, Subject - Television

Magic Kiwis

1989 - 1991, Subject - Television

Never Say Die

1988, As: Car salesman - Film

The Making of Footrot Flats

1986, Subject - Television

Footrot Flats

1986, As: Wal - Film

Wild Man

1977, As: Doctor Daggenheimer - Film

Grunt Machine - Andy Anderson spoof interview with John Clarke

1975, As: Hiram W. Violent - Television

Buck House

1975, As: Ken - Television

Nationwide

1974 - 1975, As: Fred Dagg - Television

Gallery

1973, As: Fred Dagg - Television