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