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The Wedge was an Australian sketch show created by Ian McFadyen and produced by Network Ten. It ran for two seasons, airing 2006 and 2007.

The Wedge was a typical Australian sketch comedy similar to Fast Forward or The Comedy Company. The major difference was that nearly all the sketches took place in the same town, the fictitious suburb of Wedgedale, so the transition from sketch to sketch often involved a reference to the previous one.

The most popular series of sketches involved the scandal-prone athlete Mark Warey, whose public apologies for his latest "indecent" would invariably make the situation worse. The Mark Warey character was featured in his own Spin-Off; the Mockumentary Mark Loves Sharon.


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The Wedge contains examples of:

  • Flexibility Equals Sex Ability: A sketch had Mark Warey showing photos on his mobile phone to his manager, who advises him to delete each one. The final photo has the phone turned on its side, and the manager pauses before requesting a copy.
    Manager: How does she—
    Mark: Gymnast.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: A sketch had Mark Warey showing photos on his mobile phone to his manager, who advises him to delete each one. The final photo has the phone turned on its side, and the manager pauses before requesting a copy.
    Manager: How does she—
    Mark: Gymnast.
  • Hippie Teacher: Art Cooney. He is of the "Call me Art" mould, and gets zero respect from his pupils.
  • Hot Scoop: Sandra Sultry, a parody of real-life current affairs presenter Sandra Sully.
  • Malaproper: Mark Warey. A Running Gag was him holding a press conference to apologise for the latest "indecent" he had been involved in (rather than 'incident'), before he proceeded to mangle even more words he was unfamiliar with during his actual apology.
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  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: One Mark Wary sketch features his manager asking "How could Mark possibly have impregnated three women at the same time?" Mark, sitting next to him, unhelpfully answers "Daylight Savings".

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