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Series: Shaun Micallefs Mad As Hell
Yes, he's as bamboozled as you are.

"Thank you, Verity."
Shaun Micallef, to various characters in the first season.

"Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell" (2012 - Present) is something of an Australian version of The Daily Show, except it airs weekly, and has a limited season run. Hosted by Shaun Micallef, it features many hilarious and bizarre characters who help him dissect the news and current events of the week.

Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Awesome McCoolname: Almost every single character has one of these, although they're perhaps more straight-up bizarre than awesome.
    • Ian Orbspider is a great example.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Nearly once an episode in the third season, usually involving Shaun doing something strange or otherwise something utterly irrelevant.
  • Genre Savvy: In the second season finale, "Ordinary-Australians-2-The-Max" Dianne and Brian escaped a Piano Drop, pointing out as such... only to be run over by a train that happened to be passing through the studio.
  • Running Gag: Something the show runs on. Aside from the aforementioned "Thank you, Verity," there are:
    • Frequent Piano Drops.
    • Vice-Rear Cabin Boy Bobo Gargle releasing the Kraken.
    • Shaun regularly insults Adelaide... even though its his home town.
    • When a guest leaves the studio, the camera will follow them out into the street, all the way home, and often beyond, for several minutes.
    • Shaun regularly mocks breakfast television shows, such as Seven's Sunrise (which, let's face it, are truly awful), often while mocking his own show.
    Shaun: Here's the Prime Minister on rival news parody Wake Up defending the secrecy on Operation Sovereign Borders.
    Shaun: Well, this news desk is normally devoted to the fair and balanced reporting of the week's events. I don't sit in it to push my views down your throat. That sort of pig-headed editorializing sickens me, and if you want that you should tune into Larry Emdur on The Morning Show.
    • Andrew Bolt is sometimes mentioned, usually with a snarky quip about Adelaide or Bolt's show being akin to a bad joke being thrown in (Bolt and Micallef both having attended The University of Adelaide).
    Shaun: Now, Andrew's a good friend. We were both "educated" at Adelaide University, we both work for the ABC and Channel Ten, and we both host pretend news and current affairs shows.
  • Satire: The entire show.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In one episode, Shaun interviews the Chief Scientographer from Fortescue Metals. Words cannot begin to describe it.
  • Shout-Out: Mainly to other Micallef works:
    • The Panda from Talkin' 'bout Your Generation makes occasional appearances.
    • The line "Have you got some identification?", verbatim from The Micallef Program.
    • As of the third season, the Micallef Tonight logo is now a set piece and the Micallef Tonight theme music closed out the first three episodes.
    • The fourth episode of season 3 had a couple to non-Micallef works:
    • A quick screen grab from Newstopia made an appearance at one point.
    • A reporter in the background played by Francis Greenslade reacts when Maggie mentions "Winners And Losers", calling it a great show.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Shaun has worn the same three piece suit and tie in every episode so far, and in early episodes wore glasses, only adding to how sharp he dressed.
  • Take That: A lot.
    • Oddly, it's mainly towards other ABC programs - fake ABC advertisements are shown during the program, poking fun at numerous other programs on the network.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Ian Orbspider is struck by lightning (and thus Stripped to the Bone) most episodes.
  • Unfortunate Names: A few of the guest characters have these.
    • Vomitoria Catchment, the 'political Bloggista', is a perfect example.
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