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11 April 2017

Creative Victoria extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Clarke – leading satirist, loved performer and gifted writer.

Leading satirist, loved performer and gifted  writer John Clarke.

Leading satirist, loved performer and gifted writer John Clarke. Source: SBS

Born in New Zealand,  Clarke lived in Melbourne from 1979 where he was a writer and performer for television programs, the stage, films and radio.

Clarke became a household name in the 80s when he and collaborator Bryan Dawe began their satirical interviews on the ABC, finding humour in the politicians and business leaders of the day. The duo performed similar skits across networks and on radio including Channel 9's A Current Affair and SBS's Business Show.

Clarke was revered and adored for his early career as character Fred Dagg, his television work (Kath and Kim and The Games),  appearances on film (Death in Brunswick,  Crackerjack and A Month of Sundays) as well as his play and script-writing gigs (Keating – The Musical, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Billy Connolly's The Man Who Sued God). 

Clarke wrote many books  – a mix of political and comedic titles – including The Fred Dagg Careers Advisory Bureau, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report.

Victoria is grateful to have been home to such a hilarious and incisive creative mind.