Tag: Working Dog

Vale Utopia (the Australian one)

The fact that the final episode of Utopia involved the Nation Building Authority missing out at an awards night was yet another might big clue that whatever Working Dog were seeking to achieve with this sitcom, a bluntly realistic look at the infrastructure management of this once-great nation probably wasn’t it. (ok, sure; there probably... Read More »

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Has anyone put together a program to randomly generate Utopia episodes yet? It shouldn’t be all that hard, going by this list of discussion points we just whipped up: *Malfunctioning office equipment / computer (VERY IMPORTANT) *Interchangeable dialogue for the two ditzy office assistants (though their running jokes don’t overlap – if one is struggling... Read More »

The title is ironic

The word “utopia” is defined as "an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect"…and, obviously, in the case of Utopia that’s not quite how things are for the main... Read More »

Speech! Speech!

So last week we went to see the Working Dog play The Speechmaker, and just to make it clear from the start: we’re not regular theatre-goers. Sure, we occasionally visit the theatre district to check out a live performance – usually featuring Shaun Micallef – but it’s fair to say that our knowledge of theatre... Read More »

You Got To Pay The Cost To Be The Boss

“Fuck You, Kevin.” And with Ed Kavalee’s joke about the title of Julia Gillard’s forthcoming memoir, we had pretty much the only reason why Have You Been Paying Attention? was airing at 9.30pm. Ok, there was also a rush of jokes about Mick Molloy’s scrotum at around 10.35pm which probably justified the late night timeslot,... Read More »

Have You Been Paying Attention (double take edition)

Working Dog’s much-loved (by us) comedy game show Have You Been Paying Attention? (or HYBPA) tried something a little different last night: they went to air at the usual time (6pm) with the usual episode, then at 10.30pm they ran an extended “after dark” version that was around ten minutes longer. Has society gone mad?... Read More »

We’ll Pay That

Colour us surprised: when we first heard about Working Dog’s new panel show Have You Been Paying Attention?, we expected something more along the lines of the dimly but fondly remembered Out of the Question: a lot of casually scored chit-chat about the week’s events disguised as a game show. Buh Bowww: what we got... Read More »

Cooking in the Kitchen

Audrey’s Kitchen is back on ABC2, and we believe this news should be filed under “good”. Last year’s run of two minutes (fake) cooking episodes in which Working Dog creation Audrey Gordon (Heidi Arena) put together actual edible meals while dispensing casual racism and thinly veiled insults was one of the more impressive comedies of... Read More »

Back in the Doghouse

We were recently asked on twitter (by one Ducks McOntos) what we thought of this: The Oxford dictionary defines ”influence” as the capacity to have an affect on the character, development or behaviour of someone or something. In television, that translates into only one thing: having a hand in the most successful programs. Yet influence... Read More »

Audrey’s Kitchen

Premiering tonight on ABC1 in the not terribly good timeslot of 6.25pm is the new Working Dog series Audrey’s Kitchen, six 3-minute episodes based on their 2010 parody cookbook Audrey Gordon’s Tuscan... Read More »