I was involved with two of these shows as a performer. The first was an untelevised (yet as I recall it was taped?) version shot during the Melbourne Comedy Festival at the legendary Esplanade Hotel, Gershwin Room stage (ie: the "Espy" run by Trev) and Hessie participated in some improvised 'comic' stuff with myself and Rusty F (together, we were 'Fusion') which went down very well the first time round. When they got the green light to tape for ABCTV (during the next Comedy Festival?), Paul and Trev invited us back to do another and had as much fun, except for one piece that Paul did with us which, in his attempt to re-live past glories (?), died. The other stuff we did worked fine with Paul and the fab band (Largest Living Things)kicking in for a lovely (and much treasured memory of mine) to do a totally improvised, on-the-spot ode to a girl-from-the-audience, Kelly, who'd happened to have split up with her boyfriend, Dick (!)...who worked at the zoo! The audience loved the spontaneity and Hessie can be seen in the background laughing in support along with the band and the wonderful Raymond J. Great fun. Oh, by the way, Hessie was born in Australia-he just played with a bunch of Kiwis. His energy was remarkable.
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