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Fit Comedian Suddenly Dies After Taking on 'Fake News', 'Alternative Facts'

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Kiwi Comedian John Clarke recorded his final TV comedy show in Australia last week, featuring fake news and alternative facts before suddenly dying. “He was very fit,” his heartbroken friends and family say. Clarke and Bryan Dawe ran a satirical segment on Australia’s ABCTV every Thursday for 25 years.

The final Clarke and Dawe episode ran this week, days after Clarke’s unexpected death. A note before the special says it was recorded April 5, days before Clarke’s death at age 68 “of natural causes” while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria on April 9.

Friend and former colleague Ross Stevenson said Clarke died from a heart attack.

In the popular two-man ABC series each week, Bryan Dawe interviewed Clarke, who would pretend to be a prominent spokesperson on a particular subject. He often played the role of prime minister in the series, covering the latest political news with a comical flare only his remarkable wit and talent  could achieve.

After Australia’s then-Prime Minister John Howard refused to formally apologize to indigenous Aboriginal people for past human rights abuse atrocities, the actor, who happened to have the same name as the nation’s leader, read a moving apology on television. The 2000 skit on The Games was one of many culturally iconic moments created by John Clarke, beloved comedian and satirist.

In this final episode (below), Clarke plays the role of Richard Shinery, a specialist from a fictional company who explains things – like crowdfunding, ScarJo, “fake news” and “alternative facts” – to people who “haven’t got it yet”.

All week, Clarke’s death has seen outpourings of grief from family, friends and fans in New Zealand, where he was famous for creating the character Fred Dagg in the 1970s, and from Australia.

Clarke and Dawe had also dedicated a program, one of their best, to the United States presidential election



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    • Pink Slime

      Yes, yes, hiking is very strenuous!

      Many people die on the trail and hiking seems very dangerous to older men. Many women, especially, seem to be getting killed on the trail as well, as many don’t have a good sense of balance fall off and DIE. Their bodies are not designed for backpacking or hiking it seems.

      Yet, they want to put women in the military carrying huge rucksacks. Go figure.

      That should be more intriguing than any “fake” news article. Someone wants to KILL your military off. :twisted:

    • Deborah Dupre

      John Clarke’s compassion drove all of his political satire. John Clarke, RIP.

      • MAC JAM

        I am sorry for your loss but just like American Liberals, this guys head was up his ASS..
        A fact to a liberal is just a Consenses of opinion and politically correct is another thing Liberals have foisted upon humanity, it is more Consenses based BULLSHIT!! Liberals spend ALL their time dreaming up things to be completely “outraged” by only to ignore their own mental and physical enslavement and trying desperately to spread that same mental and physical enslavement to those of us that know better and also to the innocent youth that have not yet been able to form their own opinions about the REALITIES of this World, Some of those youth are ruined for life by Liberal anti-human thinking and some, fewer and fewer now a days escape to join the ranks of the DEPLORABLE the only people on Earth that the left says it’s OK to demonize, discriminate against, kill, injure, lie about, defame, Because everyone knows that if you are not a liberal progressive you are a knuckle dragging uneducated-unindoctrinated moron.. You people will be the END of Humanity…..
        Have a nice day :grin:

        • Deborah Dupre

          Hi Mac – Would you please define a “liberal” for us? I often hear this term thrown around in a derogatory way, but I’m still fuzzy about what it could possibly mean in context used. Thank you in advance.

    • TheJeffness

      This is fake news. He isn’t dead. He faked it, just like 2pac. He be back in 30 years, it chill.

    • Anonymous

      Well, here’s the thing. Nobody in BINNERLAND just dies. Every death is a false flag. I mean, look at Scalia. So, no way did this guy die of a heart attack. We have to get to the bottom of this. What does Brother Pizzahut say?

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