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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.

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