The 9pm Unexpected Messaging Experiment with Mark Humphries

Mark Humphries looking slightly uncomfortable at the ABC. (Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

You know him from ABC TV’s 7.30. You knew him from The Feed and The Roast and Pointless Australia and more. Yes, the spring series continues with satirist Mark Humphries.

On Wednesday afternoon morning we spoke about the magic of television, about Mark Zuckerberg, the hole in the ozone layer, accidental television, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Bert Newton, the return of John F Kennedy Jr, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, sanitiser, Planet of the Apes, Troughman, and The Collected Thoughts of Daryl Maquire.

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Mark Humphries has been on the Edict three times before, first on The 9pm Public House Forum 3 way back in 2016, then on The 9pm Year of Brain Worms, Drama, and Despair in December 2020, and then The 9pm Snail is Sleeping with satirist Mark Humphries in June this year.

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CONVERSATION TOPICS: One person who chooses to remain anonymous.

THREE TRIGGER WORDS: Adam Baxter, Benno Rice, Crispin Harris, Julia Drake-Brockman, Peter Lieverdink, and Sheepie.

ONE TRIGGER WORD: Brenton Realph, Colgo, Dave Gaukroger, Drew Mayo, Frank Filippone, Gavin C, Joop de Wit, Mark Newton, Martin Gribben, Michael Cowley, Mick Fong, Paul Williams, Peter Blakeley, Peter Sandilands, Peter Viertel, Peter Wickins, Phillip Merrick, Ric Hayman, Scott Reeves, Shane ONeill, Stephen Holmes, Syl Mobile, Tim Johns, Wade Bowmer, Wyld, and five people who choose to remain anonymous.

FOOT SOLDIERS FOR MEDIA FREEDOM who gave a SLIGHTLY LESS BASIC TIP: Andrew Kennedy, Bob Ogden, David Heath, Garth Kidd, Katrina Szetey, Kimberley Heitman, Matt Bowden, Peter Blakeley, Peter Blakeley again, Peter McCrudden, Regina Huntington, Stephanie Papworth, Susan Rankin, Tony Barnes, Wolf Cocklin, and three people who choose to remain anonymous.

MEDIA FREEDOM CITIZENS who contributed a BASIC TIP: Errol Cavit, Michael Harris, Ron Lowry, Sam Spackman, Steve Turner, and one person who chooses to remain anonymous.

And another eight people chose to have no reward, even though some of them were the most generous of all. Thank you all so much.

Episode Links

  • I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 Climate Summit. COP, by the way, stands for “Conference of the Parties.” It’s the 26th time they have gathered to discuss and take action on this critical issue.
  • "If we found that our earth was doomed, say, by climactic changes, what would we do about it?"
  • Quatermass and the Pit (US title: Five Million Years to Earth) is a 1967 British science fiction horror film from Hammer Film Productions, a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors it is based on a BBC Television serial, in this case Quatermass and the Pit, written by Nigel Kneale.
  • "Planet of the Apes" is an American science fiction media franchise consisting of films, books, television series, comics, and other media about a world in which humans and intelligent apes clash for control. The franchise is based on French author Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel "La Planète des singes", translated into English as "Planet of the Apes" or "Monkey Planet".
  • To support successful regulation attempts, the ozone case was communicated to lay persons "with easy-to-understand bridging metaphors derived from the popular culture" and related to "immediate risks with everyday relevance". The specific metaphors used in the discussion (ozone shield, ozone hole) proved quite useful and, compared to global climate change, the ozone case was much more seen as a "hot issue" and imminent risk. Lay people were cautious about a depletion of the ozone layer and the risks of skin cancer.
  • [16 September 2021] Scientists say ozone hole is unusually large for this stage in season and growing quickly
  • Hosted by Daryl Somers, the one-off special event Hey Hey It’s 50 Years celebrates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s longest-running and most-loved variety/comedy show.
  • [22 May 2021] In late 1988, The Bulletin ran its famous cover story: “Mr 18% – Why on earth does this man bother?” The headline referred to the then federal opposition leader, John Howard. A Morgan Gallup poll had Howard at 18 per cent – compared with Bob Hawke’s 69 per cent – as preferred prime minister.
  • I keep returning to this. It’s like dialogue from a play. Like Death of A salesman or something
  • Transcripts of Intercepted Telecommunication
  • The ICAC is investigating allegations that, from 2012 to August 2018, the then NSW Member of Parliament for Wagga Wagga, Mr Daryl Maguire, engaged in conduct that involved a breach of public trust by using his public office, involving his duties as a member of the NSW Parliament, and the use of parliamentary resources, to improperly gain a benefit for himself and/or entities close to him. These entities included G8wayinternational / G8wayinternational Pty Ltd and associated persons.
  • Harry Julius Shearer (born December 23, 1943) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, radio host, director and producer.
  • Vogue magazine describes Le Show as "wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, political commentary, readings of inadvertently funny public documents or trade magazines and scripted skits."
  • A six-part series co-created by and starring myself [Harry Shearer] as Richard Nixon.
  • A rough grab of some of the E! News presentation of the trial recreated with actors.
  • ICAC is playing an phone intercept between @GladysB and Daryl Maguire after he was asked to appear at ICAC as a witness. Two rules: be honest and listen to your lawyers. Maguire is complaining about $10,000 in legal fees because of “some fucker.”
  • Felix Baumgartner (German: [?fe?l?ks ?ba??m??a?tn?]; born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere on 14 October 2012 and landing in New Mexico, United States as part of the Red Bull Stratos project. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25.
  • At Facebook Connect, Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new company name, Meta, plus new VR and AR technologies the company is developing for the future.
  • Australia's Department of Finance publishes a stilted and clumsy recruitment ad designed to draw new talent into their graduate program.
  • Yesterday our host Jan Fran said, "Whoever made that Department of Finance ad, please, please come make one for SBS."
  • Celebrities pit their linguistic and numerical skills against each other and the clock with often hilarious results.
  • aspiring washed up comedian
  • The Roast began life online as a one-minute, news headlines show in 2011. It expanded to a two-minute series in 2012 which also screened on ABC2. From 8 April 2013, it began screening on ABC2 in a regular timeslot at 7.30pm weeknights as a 10-minute program.
  • Representative Lucas M. Miller proposed renaming the United States of America to the United States of Earth in 1893, as well as abolishing the Army and Navy.
  • Big day tomorrow. JFK Jr. back, Trump reinstatement and resignation, new VP Michael Flynn, and Trump becoming God. Rest up!
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John-John or JFK Jr., was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was a son of the 35th U.S. president John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and a younger brother of Caroline Kennedy.
  • QAnon supporters traveled from across the country to Dallas, where JFK Jr., Tupac, Robin Williams, and Dale Earnhardt were expected to appear today. They didn't show, now the celebs are expected to appear at a Rolling Stones concert.
  • Getting Wilosophical with Mark Humphries. Mark Humphries is a comedian, writer and satirist best known for his work on The Feed and ABC's 7.30. His new book "On Politics and Stuff' is available now.
  • Josh Hawley says more men today are watching porn and playing video games because their masculinity has been criticized.
  • Far-right senator from Missouri ridiculed for his homilies on ‘manly virtues’
  • Barry Charles (born 1949/50), better known as Troughman, is an Australian underground celebrity known for his paraphilia of watersports in toilets at Sydney gay venues in the late 1970s through 2000s.
  • Some gay clubs have a bathtub for partygoers to piss all over volunteers dubbed "trough boys." In Australian queer culture, our most celebrated trough boy is Leethal Elliot.
  • If Sydney ever had a superhero maybe it was Trough Man. The legend goes that this character would lie down in the male urinals at dance parties in the 1980s and enjoy a long golden shower.
  • If Sydney ever had a superhero, maybe it was Trough Man.
  • Jaclyn Smith starred as sultry private eye Kelly Garrett in the hit series that aired from 1976 until 1981.
  • A celebration of the incredible career of Australian television legend Bert Newton. With reflections from Tracy Grimshaw, Hamish Blake, Shaun Micallef and Eddie McGuire.
  • An infamous Logies exchange between Newton and American boxer Muhammad Ali in the late 1970s was one of those, when a slip of the tongue almost derailed his acceptance of the ceremony's top award. 
  • Albert Watson Newton AM MBE (23 July 1938 – 30 October 2021) was an Australian media personality. He was a Logie Hall of Fame inductee, quadruple Gold Logie award-winning entertainer and radio, theatre and television personality and presenter. Newton hosted the Logie Awards ceremony on 17 occasions.
  • The League of Gentlemen is a surreal British comedy horror sitcom that premiered on BBC Two in 1999. The programme is set in Royston Vasey, a fictional town in northern England, originally based on Alston, Cumbria] and follows the lives of bizarre characters, most of whom are played by three of the show's four writers – Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith – who, along with Jeremy Dyson, formed the League of Gentlemen comedy troupe in 1995. The series originally aired for three series from 1999 until 2002 followed by a film in 2005.
  • Little Britain is a British sketch comedy series that began as a radio show in 2000 and ran as a television series between 2003 and 2007. One-off specials were broadcast in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020. It was written and performed by David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Financed by the BBC, the radio series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, with the initial two television series premiering on BBC Three and the third and final series on BBC One.
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus (also known as simply Monty Python; sometimes abbreviated MPFC) is a British surreal sketch comedy series created by and starring the comedy group Monty Python, consisting of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, aka the "Pythons". The first episode was recorded at the BBC on 7 September 1969 and premiered on 5 October on BBC1, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV.
  • The Don Lane Show was an Australian television talk show which aired twice a week on the Nine Network from 1975 to 1983. The show was created by Don Lane who co-hosted it with Bert Newton.
  • A look back at the Don Lane Show & Behind the scenes -narrated by Don Lane. Part 1. Channel 9 (1994)
  • The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of our mission.
  • Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (23 March 1912 – 16 June 1977) was a German-American aerospace engineer[3] and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States.
  • I went to Huntsville to see the Saturn V and was expecting a degree of whitewashing, but was shocked that von Braun had been completely de-Nazified. Not even a mention. Nothing bad happened at Peenemuende. Nothing.
  • Join Australia’s satirical all-stars: Charles Firth (The Chaser), Mark Humphries (7.30), Jenna Owen and Victoria Zerbst (The Feed) and James Schloeffel (The Shovel) as they dissect the scandals, corruption, incompetence and empathy training courses of 2021.
  • We set up shop in a literal parking garage to put on a show summing up the year we'd all rather forget.
  • Join resident ABC-TV 7.30 satirists Mark Humphries and Evan Williams as they show you the world of politics as you've never seen it before.
  • Pays on party which supplies the Prime Minister following the next Federal election. Bets settled at time of swearing in. All bets carry over if the Gov General does not swear in a PM because supply cannot be guaranteed.

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