Australia You're Standing In It Cast Reunion and DVD launch
Saturday April 6th
by Mary Kenneally
The queue snaked down the Melbourne Town Hall steps, along Swanston Street and up Collins Street to the Athenaeum Theatre where it turned back on itself and stretched all the way back to the top of the Town Hall steps again.
The 900 people were queuing for the Australia You're Standing In It Cast Reunion and DVD launch.
The show, slated for 70 minutes, went for 80, and the universal opinion was that punters would have eaten up another hour!
Gales of laughter and serious belly laughs greeted the Dodgy Brothers and the outrageous Chunky Custard ad introduced by Rod Quantock (so good he couldn't resist playing it twice!)
But the unanimous award for the highlight of the show was the 10 minute ad lib by Tim and Debbie which had the crowd in stitches and begging for more.
The classic award winning ABC TV comedy was made in 1983 and 1984, pre digital technology.
It had a huge fan base, especially the characters Tim and Debbie, beloved of every High School student in Australia.
Judging by the packed audience for a word-of-mouth event, the fan base is still as strong as ever and the delighted response of the many audience members who were in primary school, in pushers or in utero when the series went to air suggest a whole new generation of fans now that this timeless and universal comedy is for the first time accessible via DVD
Congratulations to the team - Mary Kenneally, Rod Quantock, Stephen Blackburn, Geoff Brooks, Evelyn Krape, Suzanne Ingleton and Tim Robertson.
And congratulations and thanks to Susan Provan and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for hosting its triumphant reincarnation!
The DVD of the complete 1st and 2nd series of Australia You're Standing In It is available in person or on-line at JB Hi Fi and ABC Shops. For more information visit the Australia You're Standing In It website.