His is a textbook example of Aussie humour, but there’s not much else textbook about John Conway, as TV audiences are about to find out
After doing smallstage comedy for 10 years, John Conway Tonight will finally grace our TV sets. John says it’s the host that means the most.
“I think the most important thing is a very talented host, a talented, charming and handsome host – we’re still looking for someone,” he laughs before adding, “that’s a classic joke, please put that in there.”
“No, from what I see, it’s a format that was developed by Johnny Carson and the same show is still going today hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
“Carson went away with Ed McMahon and spent a week developing the perfect talk show: monologue, funny segment, guest, funny segment, guest, musical or comedy act and close.
“And they all follow a similar format today but you can play around with it.”
So what makes John Conway Live different, besides the fact that it’s hosted out of a tiny bar where pizzas are served mid-show and there’s every chance of interruption?
“We are using that format somewhat, but really it’s just me having a lot of fun with the best, new, talented, funny people in comedy under the guise of creating a TV show,” John says.
“We have an absolutely delightful unseen cast who have all been building up for the past five to 10 years doing comedy.
“In terms of that traditional late-night show formula, it’s a lot more stupid and a lot more eclectic.”
John’s got a lot of love for his crew and a lot of love for the people who gave a bunch of relatively unknown comedians a shot at live TV.
“Seriously how often do you see new comedy on TV? The fresh blood is amazing,” he says.
“It’s hard to see a new comedy face on TV and these guys are just ready to jump out of the TV.
“ABC2 man, they’re so cool, I’d be having meetings and there was a DJ there performing – I think it was Flume.” John Conway Tonight premieres Sunday 9pm, ABC2