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Fast Forward was a Seven Network sketch show which aired from 1989 to 1992. The show was presented as if the viewer was channel surfing, with static appearing briefly between each sketch. The sketches themselves varied from parodies and take thats of contemporary (and not-so-contemporary) media to sketches based around certain characters, who would appear once an episode. It was replaced in 1993 with Full Frontal.

The series featured many great Aussie comedians of the era, including Jane Turner, Magda Szubanski, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Gina Riley and Steve Vizard. However, much of the material has been dated so badly that it doesn't air on television often.


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This show contains examples of the following:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Viktor of the Good Morning Moscow sketches towards his co-host Svetta. He is a spineless Casanova Wannabe with some awful pun-filled pickup lines though, and she is sharp-tongued enough to keep him in line.
    • There's also a creepy couple that enjoy spying on and luring young couples into their home for orgies.
    • Mary McGregor makes some very blatant come-ons towards her camera man Gordon.
  • Awesome Aussie: Subverted in the Solo ad parodies, where the hero is revealed to be quite wimpy when he's out of character.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Brent Smyth of Brent Smyth & Barry, and Roger Ramshet of Roger Ramshet and the Forty Thieves Carpet Cave, both of whom are performed by Steve Vizard. Their underlings, Barry and Abdul (both played by Peter Moon), sometimes bring it upon themselves, though, especially Barry with his awful advertising schemes.
    • Magda Szubanski as Chenile the hair removalist. According to her, she used paint stripper to do something to a 14yo work experience kid that caused the loss of six layers of skin, she pays her assistant of 12 years $2.60 an hour, disapproves of personal calls and takes money out of the assistant's purse to pay for them.
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  • Blackface/Brownface/Yellowface: Due to having an all-white cast and being produced in Australia in the late 20th Century, all three are used pretty liberally here.
  • Breakout Character: invoked In-series example: Pixi-Ann Weatley (as played by Magda Szubanksi) remained in the series after the Eyeball News original cast is dumped and forgotten. She continued interviewing famous sportsmen of the time.
  • Camp Gay: The flight attendants.
  • The Cast Show Off: Gina Riley performs just about all of the song parodies, due to the fact that she's a professional singer.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Roger Ramjet: "I curse the day I married your sister, Abdul."
    • Svetta: "Oh Viktor, you are a very unattractive man."
    • Chanille: "Just look for the pair of legs with (insert odd spectacle)".
  • Corpsing: This Kung Fu sketch. Possibly the only reason this sketch isn't considered so offensive in the 2010s is because of how Steve Vizard utterly fails to keep a straight face.
  • Double Entendre:
    • In one of the flight attendant skits, Michael Veitch's character says he's bored with his regular routes. "Route" in Australia is pronounced "root", which itself is slang for having sex. Dots can now be connected.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Brent Smyth & Barry will advertise almost anything, no matter how heinous or dangerous. However, they will balk at particularly abhorrent products ... until offered enough cash.
  • Funny Foreigner: Arabic Roger Ramshet & Abdullah, along with Scottish Mary McGregor being the most frequent. The ambiguously European SBS presenter also provides a lot of Anti-Humor.
  • Gag Boobs:
    • One sketch has several young women wearing old-fashioned bras that make their breasts look like spikes. It gets to the point where a man is shown terrified of being stabbed by them.
    • A Tina Turner parody focuses on her generous cleavage.
    • In Rampant Stupidity, Magda Szubanski's cleavage is referred to as "The Abyss!".
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The legal disclaimer at the end of every L'iar and De Shonke segment.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Michael Veitch as an obnoxious Manchild who manages to find a double entendre in everything.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Curiously, these are sometimes inserted in the middle of episodes.
  • Infomercial: "Chanille's Institute de Boutique", which tries selling "beauty" products and services.
  • Keet Pixie-Ann
  • Lzherusskie: Appears in parody show Good Morning Moscow.
  • May Contain Evil: Beware of anything Brent Smythe & Barry attempts to sell you. And don't even think about purchasing a genuine Fhakari rug.
  • The Parody: Fast Forward's bread and butter.
  • Punny Name: L'Iar and De Shonkenote , the real estate agents.
  • Taking the Fight Outside: In a spoof involving a Political Correctness Gone Mad remake of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly called "The Good, The Bad, and the Unpleasant Person", the Clint Eastwood character is facing off with the Unpleasant Person, who is blowing smoke from a cheroot into his face.
    The Good: I think we'd better step outside.
    Unpleasant Person: You wanna fight with guns?!
    The Good: No. I have an adverse reaction to passive smoking.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Everyone in Rampant Stupidity and Dumb Street.


Alternative Title(s): Full Frontal

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