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John Clarke honoured at the Logies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017 Christopher Talbot

John Clarke. © Rex Images John Clarke. Celebrated satirist John Clarke has been honoured at the Logie awards.

The New Zealand-born political satirist died earlier this month while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria. He was 68.

One half of Clarke and Dawe with Bryan Dawe, Clarke was known for his dry sardonic wit and parodies of political doublespeak.

Comedian Tony Martin introduced a package of clips from his long career.

"Like a lot of people in this room, I was lucky enough to work very briefly with the great John Clarke," Martin said.

"The idea he won't be on TV this Friday pretending to be Malcolm Turnbull or Pauline Hanson is unacceptable. Lucky for us there are thousands of hours of John Clarke genius on the shelf for us to enjoy."

Clarke and Dawe recently satirised Australia's energy debate with an interview with energy consultant "Wal Socket" and have conducted mock interviews satirising politicians including John Howard, Paul Keating and George W Bush.

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