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Face to Face with Kim Hill - John Clarke Television – 2004 News/Current Affairs

Face to Face with Kim Hill - John Clarke

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Kim Hill interviews comedy legend John Clarke at his home in Melbourne. In this excerpt, Clarke talks about influences — both famous, and less so — how easily humour travels, and the birth of his iconic Fred Dagg character in the early 70s, with his black singlet, a hat given to Clarke by his sister, and some torn-off trousers from television's wardrobe department. Clarke talks about New Zealand being far from alone in claiming to have a laconic, understated style of humour, and how he thinks the country is seen overseas. 

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Kim Hill

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Norman Sievewright

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John Clarke

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...I was doing a character that I could slip in and out of quite easily because I at this stage hadn't worked out the supreme significance of writing, and I was probably making it up as I went along to a great extent.
– John Clarke on Fred Dagg