John Clarke

I’ve seen quite a few deaths of prominent people lamented on social media over the last few years, but there’s a different feel to the comments on the demise of John Clarke, well known to many older Kiwis as Fred Dagg.

When Clarke was doing his thing in New Zealand in the seventies it felt like he was part of us, expressing a part of our Kiwiness for us.

He then moved to Australia and probably became better known there, and for a lot longer. We have only had glimpses of him here this century.

Early Dagg (Country Calendar 1974)

An iconic song:

The Spinoff: The 5 best non-obvious things John Clarke ever did

5. New Zealand, a User’s Guide

4. Announcement of the All Blacks

3. The Things She Did

2. The 95bFM John Clarke Sting

1. Parliamentary Broadcast

And from Australia: John Clarke: 10 of the best clips from a career of withering satire

Including this report on British politics leading up to Brexit:

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12 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 10, 2017

    The Welly Song made an easy and great transition to The Gumboot Song.

    Who else thought that the person who said that it was 40 years (1977) since John Clarke went to Australia must have made a mistake ?

  2. patupaiarehe

     /  April 10, 2017

    RIP John…
    My father used to play this one when I was a youngster, & it still makes me laugh now

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 10, 2017

    Bit of a worry when blokes younger than you are kicking the bucket. Wonder how all the Trevs are doing.

    • MaureenW

       /  April 10, 2017

      Yup, its a worry when your peers are kicking the bucket ..

  4. MaureenW

     /  April 10, 2017

    Funny, I never enjoyed the Fred Dagg character, but the acerbic wit John Clark displayed with Brian Dawe on Australian TV is priceless. So glad to hear you were doing something you loved.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  April 10, 2017

    I was just at the shop, and the checkout ladies were talking about how ‘Alf Stewart’, from ‘Home & Away (Ray Meagher) had just died. It’s either a really bad day for Australia, or they are just confused.


    I suspect the latter…

  6. MaureenW

     /  April 10, 2017

    Alf who?? Confused.

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  April 10, 2017

  8. patupaiarehe

     /  April 10, 2017

    It’s funny, and a little bit sad really, how true talent is only really appreciated posthumously…
    I’ve watched ‘Clarke & Dawe’ before, but hadn’t seen this one. How John manages to stay ‘in character’, & not crack up laughing, is beyond my understanding…

  9. Zedd

     /  April 10, 2017

    RIP, Sir Dagg (maybe John should get a posthumous knighthood ?) :/