TALKING COMICS WITH DAZZ AND GAZZ (2009)
Winner Antenna Awards 2009 Outstanding Comedy Program
TALKING COMICS with Dazz and Gazz (Comedians Darren Sanders and Garry Who), goes behind the on-stage personas of top Aussie comics to reveal a little bit more about each. Their guests included Vince Sorrenti, Alan Glover, Keith Scott, Jason ‘Rash’ Ryder, Mick Meredith plus many other Sydney based Stand-Up Comedians.
The show was a ratings hit for the Community Channel 31 and TVS in Sydney with Melbourne figures revealing a peak reach of 78,000 viewers and an average of 48,100 viewers when each episode premiered Sunday night. TALKING COMICS with Dazz and Gazz was the network’s highest rating program beating their second placed show by 10,000 viewers.
Sanders and Who have been building quite a following since their first series ‘The Dazz and Gazz Radio Show on TV’ was aired around Australia in 2006. The Stand Up portion of the show was recorded at Sydney’s own Laugh Garage Comedy Club where Sanders is Director.
Sanders says it was a satisfying feeling winning the Outstanding Comedy Program award with their first ever series under their own production company – Dargar Productions.
“It was also a bonus to win it in Melbourne as the first series revolved around Sydney-based comedians”.
Who was thrilled to ‘bust through’ the traditional comedy cultural cringe.
“The networks seem to prefer overseas acts as to promoting their own! You would think there were only four or five comedians in Australia by watching television here. Hopefully this award will give a much needed boost and recognition to the live Australian comedy scene.”
“They say that winning an award can open doors but I think that may be a myth. We tried to get into a hotel in the city after the event to celebrate our win a little further and were refused entry because we had suits on. I guess when you’re in a recession it’s important that you dress like it.”
Sanders adds: “If it won’t open doors, at least it will keep doors open. It’s quite heavy.”
About Talking Comics:
Audiences have long had a fascination into what comedians are really like off stage. This show addresses that question by talking to the faces behind the masks of the stand-up Comedian. This is an opportunity for our audience to take a look into the lives of people that do funny for a living! A chance to see what makes them tick! What they think, what they like, and a fascinating journey into their surprisingly varied pasts. Faces that you know and faces that you never new existed! But all funny and all interesting. The journey is interspersed with short grabs of their live stand-up, validating their funny side, while the interview concentrates on the person and their story.
Because of the varied background and views of the individual, each comic brings a different flavour to the show making each episode, although formatted, uniquely different! The only thing these people have in common is that they make people laugh. The shows style utilities colourful comic book textured backgrounds and fonts, employing rapid page turns to navigate between segments. A show that is interesting, thoughtful, funny, and answers a lot of questions!
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