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
2. The 95bFM John Clarke Sting
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: