BY COLIN VICKERY
IT IS just over two years since Trevor Marmalade was axed from the AFL version of The Footy Show. Marmalade was dumped in December 2008 after 15 years behind the bar on the hit Channel 9 program.
The Footy Show has continued to rate well but little has been heard of Marmalade — until now.
Marmalade is back on TV hosting comedy panel series Statesmen of Comedy. The show features some of Australia’s most celebrated comedians including Russell Gilbert, Shane Bourne, Tim Smith, Jane Kennedy and Glenn Robbins. Howlong has it been since you have watched The Footy Show? I haven’t (since I was axed). I suppose it was the end of an era. Exactly. They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. They haven’t replaced you. Every day I have people come up to me saying we don’t watch it anymore or we miss you on the show. It doesn’t matter where I go. That’s nice of them. Because of that, I think I’ve got a lot of goodwill going into a project like this (Statesmen of Comedy). What have you been doing in the years between The Footy Show and Statesmen of Comedy? I’ve spent most of it travelling and hanging out with the kids. I went to
FOUND A COOL APP? SHARE IT WITH US AT WEBWATCH@NEWS.COM.AU Hong Kong where I took the kids to Disneyland, Boracay in the Philippines, to Sienna for the Palio (horse race), had a couple of weeks in Cairns and a couple of weeks in New York earlier last year. Eddie McGuire’s company McGuire Media is making Statesmen of Comedy. Eddie and I have known each other since we were 20. He used to come and watch me do stand-up in the early ’80s. We’ve always been mates. We used to hang out all the time before The Footy Show started — do the club scene. It sounds like you’ve had quite a bit of input into Statesmen of Comedy. It’s my concept. The idea is to sit around with old friends and give people a laugh. It’s not that complicated. There is a great bond among the comedians that came up through the ranks in the ’80s. It was the era of comics who took it (stand-up) from counter culture to the mainstream. Now that we’ve all sort of ‘‘made it’’ we don’t get the chance to hang out together that much. What are your memories of those early stand-up days? In those days there was no TV or radio to go to. It was all about being good at doing stand-up. It meant that by the time the TV opportunities came up in the late ’80s and early ’90s people had developed their comedy personas, characters and sketches — like Glenn Robbins with Uncle Arthur and Jane Turner and Gina Riley with Kath & Kim. Statesmen of Comedy, The Comedy Channel, Sunday 8.30pm.