CHASE IS ON FOR POLLY CRACKERS
The Chaser team — Craig Reucassel (above), Julian Morrow, Chas Licciardello, and Andrew Hansen — is relishing some fresh meat.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, contesting their first federal election campaigns as Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, are ripe for an ambush.
The Chaser’s Election Desk will be the sixth time the Aussie satirists have brought their own spin to an election campaign. When The Hamster Decides aired in 2013 it was Kevin Rudd versus Tony Abbott.
“It is good to be back doing election stuff and it is nice to have some new faces (to prank),” Reucassel says.
The Chaser’s most infamous stunt came in 2007 when the APEC forum was held in Sydney. The team entered a secure zone and Licciardello emerged from a car dressed as Osama bin Laden. Police arrested Licciardello, Morrow and nine crew members. The charges were later dropped.
“It is very nerve-racking because, particularly with the big politicians, the Federal Police are all over us,” Reucassel says. “We get a lot of attention from them. They know we’re doing it for a TV show but they will let you know when you’ve gone too far. They know the difference between a real threat and a bunch of idiots.”
THE CHASER’S ELECTION DESK, ABC, WEDNESDAY, 8.30PM