The comedy group Working Dog have been bringing laughter into Australian homes for well over ten years, with TV shows such as Frontline, The Panel and Thank God You’re Here and films like The Castle and The Dish. The group’s core members, including Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner, were also part of previous comedy ensemble programs, the D-Generation and The Late Show, and it is from these people that I learnt everything thing I know about comedy from (except for what I learnt from the Goodies, Fawlty Towers and The Marx Brothers).
Tonight saw the premiere of their new show, political satire The Hollowmen. It was laugh out loud funny and was reminiscent of both that great British political comedy Yes, Minister, and also the more sober American The West Wing. Santo Cilauro plays a market researcher, Merrick Watts (yes, the Merrick and Rosso guy) is a governement policy advisor and Rob Sitch, as usual, is the glue that holds the whole thing together. If you missed it, you can watch it online here, probably for the next week until they start streaming episode two. If you don’t trust me, here’s the glowing smh review.
But before you do that, have a look at a blast from the past, with one of Rob Sitch’s earlier forays into the political arena as U.S. President Bill Clinton. Go on, treat yourself.
For those in the know who share the love – favourite Late Show or D-Gen sketch?