John Clarke aka Fred Dagg will be missed by all Kiwis - Little

He created the persona Fred Dagg, a gumboot-wearing farmer and archetypal good bloke.

Charlie Pickering, host of ABC's comedy slot The Weekly, on which Clarke and Dawe appeared past year, praised Clarke's towering impact on local political satire. He also wrote the original screenplay for The Man Who Sued God, which starred Billy Connolly.

The man who revolutionised comedy on both sides of the Tasman, John Clarke, will be sadly missed by Kiwis and Aussies alike, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

- MEAA (@withMEAA) April 10, 2017Absolutely devastated to hear the news of the passing of the brilliant John Clarke.

Just the day before that, the most recent of his satirical interviews with Dawe had gone to air on ABC TV, with the New Zealand-born Clarke playing the role of our Treasurer. The first, 1975's Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits, remains one of New Zealand's best-sellers.

Reacting to his sudden death, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - a frequent Clarke target - remarked: "We'll wait a long time to find another John Clarke".

He was also co-wrote ABCTV's The Fast Lane from 1983-85, as well as co-wrote and appeared in ABCTV's The Gillies Report from 1985-86.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you John, you never knew me and I'm sure if we ever did have the incredible fortune to meet, you would have berated my unusually tall height before instructing your security detail to pull no punches in my violent removal from your presence.

He moved to Australia in 1977, and his career flowered.

Victoria University of Wellington is saddened at the death of John Clarke. I, like so many, owe him so much'.

"And best of all it made us laugh along the way".

From Ben Knight, who produced the Clarke and Dawe show on the ABC, to his bush-walking and dining mates in Melbourne, a recurring theme in their comments about Clarke is how his own life was a star turn in itself.

- Jane Kennedy (@Jane_L_Kennedy) Shocked and saddened that John Clarke, a wise and amusing man, has left us.

"Whatever that middle ground is, John Clarke deserved the Nobel Prize". We all copied him at some point.

  • Tracy Ferguson