Comedy duo Damian Callinan and Michael Dwyer were on a mission in Shepparton yesterday.JOHN LEWIS June 7, 2014 4:56am
Material search: Comedy duo Mickey D and Damian Callinan had clipboards in hand in Shepparton yesterday as they looked for gags for their show in Mooroopna tonight.
Would a flying fox help solve the Andrew Fairley Ave issue?
How about an overpass, or an underpass?
Or a shuttle bus?
Shepparton shoppers were subject to intense questioning by men with clipboards at Shepparton’s Maude St Mall yesterday as ‘‘civil engineers’’ from the dubious firm Dwyer and Callinan pounded the streets.
Comedy duo Damian Callinan and Michael Dwyer alias Mickey D were in town looking for local material for their show Road Trip to be performed at Mooroopna’s WestSide Performing Arts Centre tonight.
Melbourne comedian Mr Callinan said they were employing ‘‘guerilla tactics’’ to get the funny stuff on Shepparton and Mooroopna.
‘‘We’ve heard about your cows, the SPC situation and your footy skills. We’re getting some of your top footballers down at the lake this afternoon to kick a ball across the water. See how good they are,’’ he said.
Mr Callinan, known for his appearances in The Skithouse, Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, and The Wedge among others, and his partner known as Mickey D have been touring their comedy show through South Australian and Victorian country towns for nearly two months.
After meeting with locals and touring the sights with a cameraman and photographer, the pair then sketch out some script ideas while the film is edited within hours to be screened during the stage performance.
Mickey D said while they were always on the lookout for quirky stories to provide ammunition for the show, the aim was to be funny and kind at the same time.
‘‘We’re the fools — we come to celebrate the towns really,’’ he said.
Mr Callinan said while travelling between towns they looked up local suggestions from responses to social media and internet surveys.
‘‘But we never really know what we’re going to do until we get there,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve had great responses so far. People really do get behind it.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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