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RIP John Clarke

Humorist, satirist, writer and Fred Dagg, John Clarke has died in Australia.

A contemporary of Ginette ‘Lynn of Tawa’ McDonald, the late Paul Holmes and Sam Neill, Clarke introduced NZ to Fred Dagg in the early 1970s. Clarke and Neill reunited in John Ruane’s Aussie comedy thriller Death in Brunswick.

Dagg appeared in several shows including TV movies including Fred Dagg Live: A Bit of a Dagg and The Wonderful World of Fred Dagg. Clarke also voiced Wal in 1987 NZ animated feature Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale by Murray Ball, who died less than month ago.

In the late 1970s, following disagreements with the then sole TV broadcaster, the NZBC, Clarke shifted to Australia, where he continued to work as a comedian and satirist.

His most recent TV work was with Bryan Dawe on the long-running show Clarke & Dawe, the latest episode of which released last week.

John Clarke died on Sunday 9 April, while hiking in Victoria’s Grampians National Park. He was 68.

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