Australia You're Standing In It
"Australia You're Standing In It" was an
Australian sketch comedyseries produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, first screened in 1983with a second series made in 1984.
The cast included:
"Australia You're Standing In It" featured many recurring sketches and characters that parodied well known personalities, pop stars, music videos, television programs and advertisements of the day, or simply sent-up well-known social situations. These included:
* Two pretentious society matrons (Ingleton and Kenneally) and a third (Krape) who could never quite make the grade much to the delight of the other two who mocked her. Catchphrase: "Helloo Daaaahlings!"
* The Dodgy Brothers (Blackburn and Brooks), two badly dressed and dim businessmen who appeared in the low-budget and badly-produced television advertisements selling their dodgy products. Partly a parody of the then ubiquitous advertisements for the Saba furniture warehouse, and other cut-rate advertisements of its ilk.
* "Brainspace", a new-age segment presented by Tim and Debbie (Kenneally and Blackburn), two trendy university students whose convoluted and pretentious talk was a smokescreen for their ignorance. Their main catchphrase was "Amaaazing!"
* Mock advertisements for fictional product "Chunky Custard". Most of these were parodies of familiar contemporary advertisements for real products, mimicking current commercials for such products as Big M or
Four'N Twenty Pies. Halfway through the second series Chunky Custard was phased out and replaced by "Hot Yak Fat", which came in a can resembling a beer can. Viewers were exhorted to "crack a Fat today".
* Many parodies of then-popular songs and music videos, including Mary Kenneally as Bonnie Tyler in "Total Eclipse of the Brain".
* Bruce Rump (Brooks), a parody of
Bruce Ruxton. Rump always ended his skits with "And that's why we should keep the bloody flag the same, now clear out!"
* Rod Quantock in traditional stand-up routines in which he would address the audience directly. In one episode he attempted to put Victorian viewers to sleep by hypnotizing them with an
Australian Football Leaguefootball.
* "Fair Cops", a parody of
* The Catalogue Collectors, a pair of scarf-clad Melburnians who lived in a caravan next to
Port Phillip Bayand collected catalogues. Catchphrase: "Home is where the front door is."
* "How to cook a Mars Bar", a parody cooking segment where every recipe involved a Mars Bar. Featured such
culinarydelights as Mars Bar Loaf, Mars Bar Stew and Deep-fried Mars Bars.
* For a short time Tim and Debbie presented "Reel To Real" on the ABC, in which the pair presented old
B-movies and proceeded to interrupt, deconstruct, and generally mock them.
* A long-playing record of most of the Tim and Debbie sketches was released under the title "Brainspace, Vol. II".
* The Dodgy Brothers (again portrayed by Blackburn and Brooks) and Bruce Rump (Brooks) were resurrected in the later "Fast Forward".
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