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Douglas John Mulray (born 1 December 1951, Sydney) is an Australian comedian, radio and television presenter. He grew up in the Sydney Northern Beaches Suburbs of Cromer and Dee Why.
After a break from Triple M, he worked for a brief time in the PM drive time slot on 2SM with Peter Fitzsimmons before moving to Sydney radio station 2WS eventually leaving that station in July 1999. He never regained the ratings he enjoyed at his former station Triple M.
Like many in radio, he began his career at a small country station. His first gig on radio was for 2AD in Armidale. Mid 70s saw Doug with Brian Lehman on 3AW Melbourne with an ill fated program titled "Mulray & The Man" from 9 to noon . In the late 1970s, Doug landed his first permanent Sydney radio gig with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's alternative rock station 2JJ (later Triple J), where he built up a sizeable following and perfected the format that led to him being poached by the newly established Triple M in 1982. Mulray became the first in a long line of Double Jay / Triple J presenters to gain popularity with the Jays before making the lucrative move to commercial radio, being followed by Stewart Cranney, Club Veg (Mal Lees & Vic Davies), Jonathon Coleman and more recently Merrick & Rosso.
Mulray often referred to himself as Uncle Doug, Doctor Dougie, or the Reverend Doctor Doug and typically signed off with the punning catchphrase "Cop you later".
One of the distinctive features of his Triple J / Triple M shows was its cast of fictional characters and comedy skits. One of his best known was Jack Africa, a permanently paranoid chap who was constantly convinced that the chooks (Australian slang for chickens) were out to get him. Also featured were the Prime Mincer, a parody of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke (which originated on Triple J as a parody of former PM Malcolm Fraser, voiced by Ken Stirling)), and Gloria, a parody of Sydney AM radio talkback host Alan Jones. Others included Hymie Fymie, who made an art form of using the phrase "son of a bitch", and Madam Zenda, whose cosmic predictions of the future were accompanied by the punning entreaty "Cross my palm with saliva". (Jack Africa, Gloria and Hymie Fymie were voiced by Dave Gibson.)
During his career behind the microphone, Doug Mulray's shared the microphone with Andrew Denton and many others including "Miss Lizzie", his real-life girlfriend (and later wife) Liz Muir (sister of then station owner Rod Muir), part-time "barrel girl" Fifi D'Armour, who he called the "exotic lettuce leaf dancer and radio producer extraordinaire".
Doug had his share of infamous moments outside the broadcast studio. He released a record called "You Are Soul" which reached number 34 on the ARIA singles chart in 1986 but was banned from the air. The B side was the equally notorious "Smoke Two Joints" (described by Mulray as 'The Butcher's Song').
Outside of radio, Doug Mulray has also featured on Australian TV shows such as Beauty and the Beast, and hosted the infamous Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos where the show's only episode was pulled from broadcast by then-Nine Network owner Kerry Packer; Mulray was fired and banned for life from the Nine Network as a result, although he would later return to Nine to be a judge on the 2005 series StarStruck (shortly after Packer's death earlier that year). On Full Frontal, this was parodied with a skit of Mulray hosting a lottery draw, making sexual remarks as the balls drop.
He was also the host of the eponymously titled program Mulray, which ran briefly in the early 1990s on the Seven Network. He also hosted Beauty and the Beast on Network Ten for a brief stint in 2002. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Doug was part of the Channel Seven Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000 commentary team headed up by Mike Raymond and Neil Crompton until Seven lost the rights in 1997.
In August 2008, Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos was re-aired on the Nine Network. Mulray reportedly refused requests from Nine management to reappear as the host. One commentator wrote that "it may be that Mulray, a very smart man, knew he would have been open to a few cruel comparisons between the relatively youthful Mulray of 1992 and the solitary Mulray of 2008. The years have not been particularly kind."
Mulray is an avid supporter of the Randwick Rugby Union Football Club, attending matches religiously over the years. He also supports the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Rugby League team, as he grew up in the area.
Doug has twins (with his wife Liz) named Tom and Rosie.
- 1982 – What a Rude Album
- 1984 – Too Rude (aka 2 Rude)
- 1993 – Nice Legs, Shame About the Fez
- 1982 – I'm a Punk / Doug's Dub [as The Rude Band]
- 1986 – You Are Soul / Smoke Two Joints
- 1993 – Werewolf