The Age March 16 1987
Sir Les squashes rumors and Cook discovers Melbourne.
AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL Ambassador and Patron of the Yartz, Sir Les
Patterson, has quashed rumors that the Bicentennial will have to
be post-poned until 1989 because of his patronage of Melbourne's
Sir Les is an adviser to the Bicentennial and it was feared his
absence at a crucial stage would set back plans for celebrating
Captain Cook's discovery of this wide brown land.
As it was, Sir Les was able to team up with a Mr Cook who was in
the act of discovering Melbourne.
The risible duo kicked off the Comedy Festival at a jam-packed
press conference in Melbourne last week.
Highlights of the Comedy Festival - apart from the appearance of
Sir Les and Peter Cook in double harness - include: Los Trios Ringbarkus
at the Dallas Brooks Hall on Saturday 21 March; Gerry Connolly with
his show Men and Women of Australia at the Athenaeum 11 nightly
from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 and 5 pm Saturday 21 and Sunday 22;
the UK comedy troupe Ra Ra Zoo nightly Tuesday to Saturday at the
Last laugh; and another UK team, Roger McGough, a poet, and Peter
McCarthy, a stand up comic, nightly from
Tuesday to Saturday at the Troubador at 7.15pm
© "The Age" March 16 1987
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