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Echidnas Corner (1993)

December 27, 2012

90's Flashback

Flashback to Variety Today 1993

Echidnas Corner (Comedians club) by MARTY MORTON

Marty Morton hams it up with Chris Castle.

GREAT news – Echidna Johnny Holmes (Alias, Wally the Worker), has hit the Australian airwaves with his pre-election comedy song “It Don’t Matter Who You Vote For, They’re Gonna Get Ya”, penned by his good buddy, Carter Edwards.

Radio Personality, John Laws, first heard the song two months ago and liked it so much he played it every morning on his radio show. John tells me that due to popular demand an album has now been released – probably on Wally Gram Records – Boom, Boom!!

SINGER-songwriter Geoff (I’ve Been Everywhere) Mack has also been honoured at the 1993 Tamworth Country Music Awards by receiving the Tex Morton (no relation) Award for contributions to Australian Music. Good on ya cobber!

ECHIDNA comedian Johnny Lockwood is appearing with Jackie Love in the hit musical `How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ – no first prizes for who’s got the best legs!

POMMIE comedians, Peter Dean and Dave Allenby, are touring in a unwashed version of `The Best of the British’.

ROLAND Moore (of Thomas and Moore) is now back on his feet after his hip operation and is presently touring Queensland with their production show … Hip, Hip Hooray (Sorry, it’s called `Something Different’).

VETERAN comedian Doc Doyle has come out of retirement and is building a new act which he claims has more props in it than mine – we’ll wait and see about that.

CONGRATULATIONS to veteran comedian, Freddy Meredith, who has just added another candle to the 79 already squeezed onto his birthday cake!

AND, comedian Morgan Kent is appearing at the Footloose Theatre Restaurant in `Carry on Laughing’. Incidently, thanks to his wife Shanie, Morgan is now a proud daddy, so it’s `Carry on Laughing’ during the night and `Carry on Crying’ during the day!

THE latest Echidna meeting was the AGM. Popular King Echidna, Harry Griffiths, was unanimously voted in for a second term as were Prince – Frank Newall, Secretary – Brett Thomas, and Fines Master – Peter Dean. The new treasurer is Geoff Hutton. I relinquished my position as Treasurer – it was costing me too much money! At the meeting it was discussed – in a fun way – alternative jobs some of us Echidnas could do. Bald-headed Harry Griffiths could get together with mop-topped Eric Carol and do the `Before and After’ Ashley and Martin commercials.

Paris-born Aurel Verne could sell `french’ fries. Chatter box, The Dixie Kid, could teach parrots to talk under water. Uncle Scrooge, Frank Newall, could suspend his three juggling balls and open a pawn shop. Fellow scrooge, Bobby Dennis, could go into the stage show `Lend Me a Tenor’.

Three of the wigged comics could take up rug making. Flabby-faced Johnny Smythe could work behind a bar serving double `Chins’. And, a couple of well known brewery abusers could start making commercials for this year’s Red Nose Day!

ON a sad note, during the meeting, we held a one minute’s silence for our late, great showbiz mate, Julian Jorg. At the chapel, during the day, Irish comedian Brian Doyle presented an excellent eulogy. During his speech, Brian even made the Reverend laugh when he said that after seeing how much Julian enjoyed his champagne, the one thing Brian regretted was not ever taking out shares in Seppelt’s Winery! See ya Julian … Thanks for the fun, the talent and the friendship you gave to the showbiz world.

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