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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

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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

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