Australian Comedy Television Programmes

Here is a list of all the Australian TV comedy programmes and specials which have been on or are still on Australian TV. All shows are in alphabetical order. If you know of any shows which I have forgotten, please e-mail me. Some of these shows can be seen regularly on Foxtel's thecomedychannel as well.

Acropolis NowBased around Greek Australians mainly set in a cafe. Aired between 1989-1992
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All Star SquaresGame show that included regular appearances from comedians such as Kim Hope and Tim Smith in 1999
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All Together Now
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Aunty Jack ShowB&W TV comedy from the 1970s
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Australia's Funniest Home Video ShowProgramme that viewers can send their own home movies into to possibly win a prize.
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BackBernerSatirical show hosted by Peter Berner on ABC between 1999-2002.
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Barry Humphries' FlashbacksShort comedy/documentary series hosted by Barry Humphries and his alter-egos.
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Big BiteSketch comedy series on channel 7 between 2003-04, including the likes of Chris Lilley
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Blah Blah Blah1988 comedy series starring Roy & HG and Andrew Denton
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Cheez TVChildren's TV programme hosted by Jade Gatt & Ryan Lappin
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CNNNNThe Chaser gang's second foray into television.
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Comedy CompanySketch-comedy series from 1988-1990
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Comedy IncSketch comedy show on channel nine in the early naughties
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DAAS KapitalSeries starring the Doug Anthony Allstars for two seasons.
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DeniseComedy talk-show hosted by Denise Drysdale and written by Lawrence Mooney
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Don't Forget Your ToothbrushBizarre game show hosted by Tim Ferguson
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Enough Rope with Andrew DentonABC talk show hosted by Andrew Denton
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EricSketch comedy series from 1997 starring the likes of Eric Bana, Robyn Butler, Stephen Curry, Bob Franklin, Roz Hammond, Dave O'Neil and Fred Hammond
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FAQScience show hosted by Adam Spencer
Fast ForwardChannel 7 sketch comedy series that followed on from the D-Generation
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Flat Chat2001 sitcom starring Jean Kittson
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FrontlineSpoof sitcom from the Working Dog gang that took audiences behind the scenes of a TV news programme.
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Full FrontalSketch comedy series that followed on from Fast Forward. Starred the likes of Glenn Butcher, Shaun Micallef, Gabby Millgate, Julia Morris and Daina Reid.
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Funky SquadSitcom created by the Working Dog gang that was much a take off of the Mod Squad. Starred the likes of Tim Ferguson, Santo Cilauro, Jane Kennedy and Tom Gleisner.
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GNW Great DebateTelevised comedy debates from GNW Productions.
GNW Night LiteVariety pop-culture game show from the GNW team that aired on channel ten in 1999 with host Paul McDermott.
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Gonged but not ForgottenShow that remembered axed Australian TV programmes.
Good News WeekStarted on ABC in 1996 and moved to channel ten in 1999-2000. Satirical game show hosted by Paul McDermott with Mikey Robins and Julie McCrossin as team leaders.
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Good News WeekendSaturday night edition of Good News Week that also included Flacco and the Sandman.
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Great Australian Bloopers
Greeks on the RoofTalk show style programme hosted by Effie (Mary Coustas) in 2003
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Hamish and AndyShort-lived sketch comedy show starring Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Rebecca DeUnamuno, Jo Gill and Chris Lilley
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HeadlinersIncluded appearances by many notable stand up comedians.
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Hey Dad!Australia's most well known sitcom. Lasted from 1987-1994.
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Hey Hey It's SaturdayOne of Australia's longest running TV shows. Hosted by Daryn Somers until axed in 1999.
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In Melbourne Tonight (IMT)Talk show hosted by Julia Morris.
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Introducing Gary PettySeries starring the likes of Francis Greenslade and Bob Franklin.
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JimeoinSketch show starring Jimeoin in 1994-1995.
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Jimeoin's Just for LaughsJimeoin hosted documentary at Montreal Just for Laughs
Jimeoin's Tea Towel Tour of IrelandComedy/documentary where Jimeoin toured through Ireland
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Kath and KimMuch loved ABC sitcom starring Gina Riley and Jane Turner as Kath and Kim
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KidspeakHosted by Andrew Daddo. Was a lot like "Kids Say the Darndest Things" hosted by Bill Cosby in the United States.
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Kingswood CountrySitcom from 1980-1984
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McFeastHosted by Elle McFeast (ie Libbi Gorr)
Melbourne International Comedy Festival GalaTelecast of the 'highlights' of the acts appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival each year
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Micallef TonightShaun Micallef's short-lived variety talk show for channel nine.
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Mikey's Pubs and BeernutsSpecial hosted by Mikey Robins for channel ten that included some interviews with comedians like Ed Byrne.
Mother and SonVery popular sitcom starring Garry McDonald and Ruth Cracknell from 1984-1994.
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Mouthing OffSeries hosted by Richard Fidler
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Newly WedsSitcom about a newly wed couple
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News Free ZoneSeries from 1985
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O'Loghlin on Saturday Night1999 series on the ABC hosted by James O'Loghlin that also included a guest stand up comedian each week.
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One Size Fits AllSketch comedy series on the ABC comprising entirely of women.
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Paul and the FatmanChannel ten special featuring Paul McDermott and Mikey Robins
PizzaSBS series about "ethnic" Australians based around a pizza delivery store.
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Raw ComedyTelevised finals of the national JJJ Raw Comedy competition
roveThe 1999 late night entertainment show hosted by Rove McManus and featuring Corinne Grant, Peter Helliar and Dave Callan as the kids on the couch.
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rove[live]After Rove's show was axed on channel 9, it was picked up by channel ten and became rove[live]
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Russell Coight's All Aussie AdventuresPisstake series of the Aussie man of the outback starring Glenn Robbins as Russell Coight.
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Russell Gilbert LiveTonight style show starring Russell Gilbert
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SkitHOUSESketch comedy series created by Roving Enterprises for channel ten
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Smallest Room in the HouseStand up show featuring a different comedian each week
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Spicks and SpecksMusic quiz show hosted by Adam Hills
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Standing UpDocumentary comedy series from the 1999 Melbourne Comedy Festival featuring stand up and interviews with comedians who featured at the festival
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Summer Heights High2007 series featuring Chris Lilley, which includes Ja'mie King from his previous We Can Be Heroes series.
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Thank God You're HereImprovisational comedy show airing on network ten beginning from 2006. Hosted by Shane Bourne and judged by Tom Gleisner
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The 10:30 SlotLate night show about music hosted by Dylan Lewis on the ABC
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The Adventures of Lano and WoodleyShort lived sitcom series featuring comedy duo Lano & Woodley
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The Best and Worst of Red FacesExactly as the title suggests. Reliving moments from the Red Faces segment of Hey Hey It's Saturday
The Big GigVariety show featuring a lot of different styles of comedy. Often featured the likes of the Doug Anthony Allstars, Wendy Harmer, Jean Kittson as Candida and Anthony Ackroyd.
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The Big Schmooze
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The Chaser Decides2004 series by the Chaser team
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The Chaser's War on Everything2006 series from the Chaser team
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The Comedy Sale1993 series featuring The Found Objects, Umbilical Brothers, Mikey Robins, Daina Reid, Ross Daniels and more
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The Einstein FactorGame show hosted by Peter Berner on the ABC
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The Election ChaserFirst series from the Chaser team
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The FatSport-themed panel show hosted by Tony Squires
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The GamesSitcom based around the Sydney Olympics organisers featuring Brian Dawe and John Clarke
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The Gilles Report1984-85 political comedy featuring Max Gilles
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The Gilles Republic1986 series featuring Max Gilles
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The Glass HouseSatirical discussion show hosted by Wil Anderson and featuring Corinne Grant and Dave Hughes
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The Great DebateOne title that has been used for televised debates recorded at the Melbourne Comedy Festival
The Late ShowEarly series from the Working Dog team consisting of sketches and a tonight show feel.
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The Mavis Bramston ShowVery early Australian comedy from the 1960s
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The Micallef Pogram3rd series title of the Micallef Program
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The Micallef Program1st series title, variety style show featuring Shaun Micallef, Francis Greenslade, Roz Hammond and Wayne Hope
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The Micallef Programme2nd series title of The Micallef Program
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The Mick Molloy ShowShort-lived tonight show hosted by Mick Molloy for channel nine. Axed after an urinating incident.
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The Mike Walsh ShowTalk show from the 70s and early 80s
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The Naked Vicar ShowSeries from the late 70s
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The Norman Gunston ShowShow from the 1970s that featured Garry McDonald as Norman Gunston
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The PanelChannel ten panel series from the Working Dog gang
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The Paul Hogan showLong standing series hosted by Paul Hogan from 1973-1984
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The Ronnie Johns Half HourSkech comedy series on channel ten starting in 2005
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The Russell Gilbert Show1998 show from Russell Gilbert
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The SideshowVariety series hosted by Paul McDermott started in 2007
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The Super Debate SeriesOne title that has been used for televised debates recorded at the Melbourne Comedy Festival
The Sydney Comedy FestivalTelevised broadcast from the 1999 Sydney Comedy Festival
The Wedge2006 sketch comedy series for channel ten
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Tonight Live with Steve Vizardtonight show hosted by Steve Vizard in the early 1990s
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Totally Full FrontalChannel ten's attempt to resurrect channel 7's Full Frontal
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Unreal AdsProgramme hosted by Tim Ferguson for channel ten featuring weird ads from around the world
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Unreal TVProgramme hosted by Tim Ferguson for channel ten featuring unusual extracts from programmes from around the world
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UpfrontTelevised stand up show from the Melbourne Comedy Festival featuring exclusively women
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We Can Be HeroesABC mockumentary series created by and starring Chris Lilley. Follows the lives of 5 Australian of the Year contenders. Retitled "The Nominees" for the UK and USA.
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Welcher and WelcherLaw-comedy starring people like Shaun Micallef, Francis Greenslade and Santo Cilauro. Lasted one season (8 episodes) in 2003.
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World Comedy TourFeaturing comedians from around the world, filmed just after the Melbourne Comedy Festival each year from 2001
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World Cup ComedyDifferent style of comedy competition featuring Australia vs. UK
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World Series DebatingComedy debating series
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World's Greatest CommercialsProgramme hosted by Andrew Daddo featuring the best ads from around the world
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