, aka Norman Gunston
, aka the "little aussie bleeder
," may be well known out Australia way. For most Americans, however, Norman G
remains far, far down under the radar. But he's the forefather of the UK's Ali G
; he's Canadian Nardwuar thee Human Serviette's
nerdier dad; he's America's Lazlo Toth
(US) with a combover and a microphone; he's Jiminy Glick
's Jack Sprat
. Perhaps you saw Norman long ago
in a segment on USA Network's Night Flight
. [bonus: many many youtubes of Night Flight segments, courtesy of this awesome website.]
But I bet you didn't know he released a KIckaSS single
), jammed with Frank Zappa
, and was at the right place and time to upstage a piece of Australian History
. Not bad for someone whom Keith Moon dumped his drink on and called a "great pooftah." [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on May 4, 2008 -
The greatest TV show you will probably never see:
Aunty Jack, a ten-foot tall, boxing-glove wearing, motor-cycling, moustached cross-dresser, was the star of The Aunty Jack Show
, which ran for thirteen episodes in 1972-73 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission
TV network (and was the first show broadcast on Australian TV in colour).
Many of the original episodes have been lost (but records of them exist
). Re-release on video or DVD of the remaining episodes is tangled up in copyright issues. The 1974 album Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong
was re-released on CD, and still seems to be available. It includes such classics as 'Fish Milkshakes' and 'Teenage Butcher' and the song 'Farewell Aunty Jack', which was a number 1 hit in Australia. Some samples can be found here
There were spinoffs from Aunty Jack
, most notably the Norman Gunston Show
, with Norman playing the prototypical terrrible interviewer and inspiring the much later Ali G
, Dennis Pennis
and many others.
I was two years old when the series aired: Aunty Jack's threat at the end of each episode, that: 'If you don't watch next week, I'll rip your bloody arm off!'
meant that I never, ever, missed it.
posted by chrisgregory
on Jan 30, 2003 -