DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
DAVE Davies hosts a show about death and now Paul Barry is writing his biography. Unauthorised. Which means it’s going to include the time(s) he enjoyed relations with a consenting gumboot.
But as he explains to his agent Di (Deborah Kennedy in a very funny performance), it was only ever one gumboot. ‘‘ I’m not a freak,’’ he says.
Davies is played, to the hilt, by Mick Molloy, back — where he belongs — doing a sitcom. Hosing down the gumboot ‘‘ rumour’’ is the first of a string of problems Davies faces in the second series of The Jesters.
The Jesters isn’t just the name of the show — it’s also the name of the satirical group who has its own show on the show. Yes, almost exactly like The Chaser. They perform a bit of a song tonight about Bernie Madoff, in front of Julia, a network executive played by Susie Porter, in which one of them appears as Fonzie with ‘‘ Ponzi’’ written on the back of his leather jacket.
When we reconnect with them tonight, Davies is removed somewhat from The Jesters. It’s really only another show coming out of his production company. Or so he says. Although he does let the guys know before anyone else that Paul Barry is on the hunt for dirt and they shouldn’t talk to him. They listen attentively, or look like they are, before one of them, Zak, says, ‘‘ Right, so I shouldn’t speak to Paul Barry again’’.
This show is more fun than just about anything else on right now. (I say this with some confidence because Louie has finished on the Comedy Channel, although Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is still on. Wednesday night, 10pm, an hour earlier in Queensland.) Plus I like this sort of thing, because it’s about showbiz and has real people in it, playing themselves and being stupid about it if necessary. It’s also pretty sharp. The Jesters Movie Extra, Foxtel/Austar 8.30pm
Not a freak: Mick Molloy