Good News Week is an AustralianPanel Show focused on analysing and mocking current events and those weird little stories. It's hosted by Paul McDermott, and had Mikey Robins and Julie McCrossin as regular team captains. It ran from 1996 to 2000 every Friday, in addition to a spin-off, Good News Weekend on Saturdays, including sketches from the Sandman, Flacco and Keith the Moravian Swear Bear.In 2008, it was revived, with Claire Hooper replacing Julie McCrossin, and ran in this form until early 2011. After a conspicuously long absence, it returned in September in the form of Good News World, a show fairly accurately self-described as a cross between The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live.Full episodes can be watched here. You're welcome.
This series provides examples of:
A Good Name for a Rock Band - "Dinosaur Vagina". As Tom Gleeson pointed out, however, if they were popular, people would call them "D-Vag", which sounds like a sizing.
Don't forget "The Munch Factor".
Aside Glance - Paul often throws these after he's said something odd.
Awesome Mc Cool Name - Contestants in Clash of the Titans use their names as buzzers. Usually they make up cooler names instead.
Tom Gleeson: I gotta say, it's weird hearing an American complain that something is too big.
Michael Kosta:' I've always had that problem, Tom.
Black Comedy - Runs on it. Especially in the case of Mikey, and especially when Akmal Saleh is on.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer - Claire and Mikey come off as this. Despite their various idiosyncrasies, they both know a fair bit about current affairs.
Mikey proved his competence in the game Political Mastermind, which actually had serious questions about Australian political history. He celebrated getting the first question (on the Melbourne Agreement) correct by dancing while using his fingers to make it look like his nipples were sticking out.
Subverted when he threw Lady Gaga into the bin for not wearing pants and for having the most famous cameltoe in music.
Claire: You are the last person I would expect to complain about a lady not wearing pants!
Subverted again when Mikey was the only one to totally miss what the phrase 'bench fat' means, thinking it meant when a fat chef lets his belly rest on the bench. It means when a chef gets an erection from standing too close to the bench.
The Ditz - Claire frequently subverts this with a clever remark, between bouts of actual ditziness.
Do Wrong, Right - In an episode that aired the week after ex-Prime Minister John Howard had a shoe thrown at him on live television, Mikey talked about the event, saying that after the event had occurred, he had never been so ashamed of being an Australian... because it was the worst bloody shot he'd ever seen!
Foreshadowing - The 2010 finale involved Mikey paying out Paul's musical performance of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" because all it had was a guy playing the piano when the film clip had a marching band. Cue a marching band appearing on stage for the second performance.
From Special To Series - Sort of. Ten originally planned a one-off reunion special in 2008, only to have it turn into a full series as a result of the Writer's Union of America strike.
Paul: A brothel next to McDonald's, I'm loving it. Finally, you'll be able to have a Happy Meal with a happy ending. And think of the impression you'll make when you walk in with your Quarter Pounder in your hands. (standing ovation from Colin Lane)
This is often acknowledged by Paul, to the point that when a question is answered straight away, he gets annoyed.
A quick example: Paul once tried to make a joke based upon the chant, "Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi oi oi!" and the audience point-blank refused to let him just get on with the joke, joining in the chant whenever he tried to make it. He was quite frustrated.
Another was the episode when Ross Noble got hold of the cigarette hat during Strange But True, frequently making smoke come out from under the desk, his nose, his pants; the whole episode dragged on about half-an-hour past broadcast time because of his antics.
Ross Noble, again, and his foam cannon during the 2010 premiere. He was having so much fun spraying foam all over the set and most of the other panellists that he made the show run over time, something he repeatedly asked Paul not to do as his own show was scheduled for 10:00 on-the-dot.
Good luck keeping the show on track if you put Ross Noble and Akmal Saleh together.
During an episode where they were in Melbourne during the Comedy Festival, Fiona O'Loughlin had been chasing Josh Thomas (they were on opposing teams) for some stupid comment he had made, so they were running around the stage, accompanied by chasing music. You think that was it right? Tom Gleeson does the exact same thing later, except chasing Josh through the pathway into the audience, across the rails and up on the balcony. Subsequently, Paul gave them both 100 points for that fantastically hilarious display. Makes me wonder if Paul had given up at that point. (The whole saga is viewable here.)
Paul: I tell you what, it's certainly fucked the show.
Josh: *walks off, audience laughs, walks back* I'd just like to say that-
Josh: I'd just like to say that, when you asked 'What's the best thing about being soft and weak?', I saw a lot of people's eyes turn towards me. *audience laughs* Fuck you!
Promoted Fangirl - Claire was a huge fan of the show during its first run. Now she's a team captain!
Hamish and Andy indicated that they were fans of the show when they were guests.
The Points Mean Nothing - While the show does keep track of the points, they can be handed out like candy or taken away like... candy. On one occasion, Paul won.
Paul won an episode back in '97. I'm certain that the audience came close to winning a couple of times as well.
Some of the games don't even have points given or taken away, like a game in which the cast simply talk about whatever news story is annoying them that week, in which they metaphorically put the story in the bin.
Rapid-Fire Comedy - Get one or two performers going, and the whole lot will jump on it.
Mikey and Wil Andersen, both men with incredibly filthy mouths, pointed out how bad the language was... before conceding that Mark was right.
Made all the funnier when an audience member asked Paul what it meant, and he very bluntly replied that it was a vagina.
Shoot The Television: Sammy Jaye did it in a sketch on World. After installing a digital TV and discovering the programs are just as crap as regular television, he shoots the set (in a callback to an earlier joke about ElvisPresley) to demonstrate the only power the average viewer has over television.
Too Soon - Pretty much thrown out the window during the episode immediately after Michael Jackson's death.
Paul: Every time they pushed on his chest, he went "WHOO!"
Toyota Tripwire - Magda Szubanski stirred up a hornet's nest by suggesting that drivers should deliberately do this to cyclists.
Trash the Set - The 2010 season premiere featured a brand new light feature on the main stage, which apparently cost a fair amount of money and the producers didn't want it to get messy. It was subsequently trashed by Ross Noble and the aforementioned foam cannon.
Mikey, seconds before the Ho Yay moment mentioned above: Touch me again and I'll kill you.
Writer on Board - Paul will usually throw in a political statement regarding a story. He once lampshaded it when everyone else was dissecting a story politically:
Paul: You people must be so much fun at parties. Imagine playing Monopoly - "This wouldn't happen in a socialist country!"
Un-Cancelled - Axed by Channel 10 in 2000 (and finished off with a grandfinale), but brought back in 2008 after the aforementioned writers' strike forced many of the network's imported programs out of production. Then it was Recancelled in 2012, likely due to being associated with the poorly rated spin-off Good News World, where it was sent off with another Grand Finale.