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Funny fellas after Shepparton material

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.’’

Road Trip is on at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Echuca Rd Mooroopna from 8pm today. Tickets are available from Riverlinks on 5832 9511.


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