Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell

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Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell logo.jpg
Also known asMad as Hell
GenreSatire, news, comedy, dark comedy
Written byShaun Micallef
Gary McCaffrie
Michael Ward
Tony Moclair
David M. Green
Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall
Andy Matthews
Laura Davis
Pat McCaffrie
Cassie Workman
Bec Petraitis
Directed byJon Olb
Bradley J. Howard[1]
Presented byShaun Micallef
StarringFrancis Greenslade
Roz Hammond
Veronica Milsom
Tosh Greenslade
Emily Taheny
Stephen Hall
Nicholas Bell
Molly Daniels
Ming-Zhu Hii
Michelle Brasier
Christie Whelan Browne
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of series14[2]
No. of episodes162
Production
Executive producersPeter Beck
Tarni James
Shaun Micallef
ProducersRachel Millar
Richard Kelly
Paul Coughlin
Production locationsGordon Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2012-2017
Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2018-present
CinematographyLeon De Pettri
EditorNathan Wild
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesGiant Baby Productions
ITV Studios Australia[3]
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (2017- )
Original release25 May 2012 (2012-05-25) –
present

Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell is an Australian comedy news television program hosted by Shaun Micallef. The show first aired on ABC at 8:00 pm on Friday, 25 May 2012.[4] The show was named as Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the Logie Awards of 2016. Its title is a reference to the 1976 American satirical black comedy-drama film Network.[5]

Cast[edit]

Micallef hosts the program, with at least five other cast members appearing, each as multiple characters, including Micallef.[4][6]

Full cast list, with series details highlighted
Name Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8 Series 9 Series 10 Series 11[7] Series 12 Series 13 Series 14 Series 15
Shaun Micallef Main
Francis Greenslade[a] Main
Tosh Greenslade[b] Main
Emily Taheny Main
Stephen Hall Recurring Main
Veronica Milsom Main Does not appear
Roz Hammond Main Guest Does not appear
Nicholas Bell Does not appear Main Does not appear
Molly Daniels Does not appear Main Does not appear
Ming-Zhu Hii Does not appear Main Does not appear
Michelle Brasier Does not appear Main Does not appear
Christie Whelan Browne Does not appear Main
Notes
  1. ^ Unrelated to Tosh.[8][9]
  2. ^ Unrelated to Francis.[8][9]

Broadcast[edit]

The program was commissioned without a pilot and the first series of 10 episodes originally screened from May to July 2012.[10] The show was renewed for a second series of 12 episodes which aired in 2013.[11] A third was announced in January 2014 and consisted of 10 episodes, shown weekly from 12 February 2014.[6][12][13] A fourth series premiered later in the same year on 24 September 2014 and the fifth series premiered on 11 February 2015.[14] A sixth series debuted on 11 May 2016.[15] The show's seventh series commenced on 21 June 2017. An eighth series debuted on 31 January 2018,[16] with a ninth series running from September 2018.[17] A tenth series was confirmed for July 2019 by Micallef on Twitter in December 2018[18] and it debuted on 26 June 2019.[19]

At the ABC 2020 Upfronts, Micallef confirmed that two series would be produced in 2020,[19] starting with Season 11, to air in early February.[7] The second half of the eleventh season saw the show taping without an audience, due to social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[20] The twelfth season was scheduled to commence 5 August;[21][22] and began by recording new episodes without an audience.[20] A special Christmas episode was broadcast on 20 December 2020.[23]

Recurring segments and characters[edit]

Bill Shorten's Zingers

A regular segment during the early period of Bill Shorten's tenure as Leader of the Opposition. Micallef would play a short video clip of Shorten delivering a pun, dad joke or similar, usually when he was criticising the government, after which "Zinger!" would appear in bold text on the screen with a roaring sound for humorous effect. The segment was noticed by Shorten himself, as he referenced it in a press conference when attacking the government on its funding cuts to the ABC, after which he said "I tell you what, I tell you Shaun Micallef, I'm as mad as hell and we’ll fight for your show."[24] This was made a zinger in the subsequent week's episode of the show.

Lamentable Puns

Micallef and "junior sub-editor" of the Daily Telegraph, Chris Lorax (played by Tosh Greenslade), go through a series of front page and article headlines of the newspaper. Micallef shows the headline in question for Lorax to explain, much to Micallef's bemusement over both the headline and Lorax's justification for it. Lorax usually responds to Micallef's bemusement with "It’s just a bit of fun."

HYPERthetical

A segment where Micallef moderates a debate between several people about a hypothetical issue. Topics discussed in the segment include euthanasia and same-sex marriage. This segment is a parody of the ABC show Tomorrow Tonight (TV series) which was hosted by Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb.

Darius Horsham

Spokesperson (sometimes stylised as "$pokesb0rg") for the Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann. He speaks in a thick Germanic accent in a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cormann himself, and often seen aggressively chewing on a cigar – in reference to controversy caused when Cormann and Joe Hockey were filmed smoking cigars after delivering the 2014 Federal Budget. When asked by Micallef to elaborate on a point made, or is otherwise criticised, he usually responds with "Don't be an economic girly-man" or some variation. Cormann himself, presumably in reference to the character, referred to Bill Shorten as an "economic girly-man".[25]

Dolly Norman

The simple speaking and thinking speechwriter to politician Jacqui Lambie. Often includes short film clips of Lambie saying something seemingly nonsensical or offensive, to which Norman responds by explaining what Lambie "really meant".

Lois Price

Played by Emily Taheny. A play on the "traffic chopper" on morning television programs reporting on traffic conditions, only Lois Price reports on current events. She usually signs off with an advertorial before saying "I'm Lois Price from Mad as Hell."

Tosh Greenslade

Played as himself. Micallef will usually introduce him as "Tosh Greenslade in a wig and glasses to talk about ..." (to which Greenslade's intro is usually "exactly right, Shaun") to explain the "reasons" behind government policy using novel concepts for humorous effect. In one episode, for example, Greenslade "explained" the government's asylum seeker boat turn-back policy using the layers of a lamington. Micallef then signs him out with a variation of the line "that was Tosh Greenslade in a wig and glasses talking about ...".

Casper Jonquil

Played by Tosh Greenslade. A parody of a talkback radio shock jock and listener who complains loudly and unintelligibly. Jonquil has appeared since Series 2, and is seen to have had various occupations, including one sketch in which he claims to be a qualified osteopath, and another in which he is a member of the local neighbourhood watch, claiming that the boyfriend of his love interest, Spakfilla Vole, is in fact a terrorist. He also is shown to host his own talk show, Right Minded, and in one sketch, a quiz show, Why the Hell?, a parody of the real ABC quiz show Hard Quiz.

Vice Rear Admiral Sir Bobo Gargle

Played by Francis Greenslade. Sir Bobo Gargle is a Vice Rear Admiral in the Australian Navy. He appears on the show to discuss Australian and international maritime matters. Sir Bobo Gargle usually ends his interviews by releasing the Kraken (played by Michael Ward, one of the show's writers).

Larry Sideburns

Played by Francis Greenslade. Often appears as a plot character in sketches as well as other segments of the show and is portrayed as an entrepreneur trying to monetise his next big thing. Often featured alongside his wife who is often spoken over.

Draymella Burt

Played by Emily Taheny. Draymella Burt is a spokesperson for the Liberal Party. She is best known for her brutal quips at Shaun about his left-wing bias.

Brion Pegmatite

Spokesperson for Peter Dutton. He finds it painful to show remorse, pleasure or compassion, and is often seen wanting vengeance against Scott Morrison and other members of the Liberal Party, especially when leadership is brought into question.

Tamara Happenstance

Tourism Australia ambassador. Portrayed as a character wearing an Australian outback hat with corks dangling off the sides, as well as an apron with 'G’day' written on it with an image of the Australian flag. She often ends her sentences with common Australian tropes such as "put a shrimp on the barbie you bastards" that become increasingly vulgar as the segment progresses.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11025 May 2012 (2012-05-25)27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)
21220 February 2013 (2013-02-20)24 April 2013 (2013-04-24)
31012 February 2014 (2014-02-12)16 April 2014 (2014-04-16)
41024 September 2014 (2014-09-24)26 November 2014 (2014-11-26)
51011 February 2015 (2015-02-11)15 April 2015 (2015-04-15)
61211 May 2016 (2016-05-11)27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)
71221 June 2017 (2017-06-21)6 September 2017 (2017-09-06)
81331 January 2018 (2018-01-31)25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)
91319 September 2018 (2018-09-19)12 December 2018 (2018-12-12)
101326 June 2019 (2019-06-26)18 September 2019 (2019-09-18)
11125 February 2020 (2020-02-05)22 April 2020 (2020-04-22)
1210 + 1 Special5 August 2020 (2020-08-05)20 December 2020 (2020-12-20)
131226 May 2021 (2021-05-26)11 August 2021 (2021-08-11)
14122 February 2022 (2022-02-02)20 April 2022 (2022-04-20)
15TBA20 July 2022 (2022-07-20)TBA

Series 1 (2012)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
1"Episode 1"25 May 2012 (2012-05-25)664,000[26]
2"Episode 2"1 June 2012 (2012-06-01)565,000[27]
3"Episode 3"8 June 2012 (2012-06-08)575,000[28]
4"Episode 4"15 June 2012 (2012-06-15)529,000[29]
5"Episode 5"22 June 2012 (2012-06-22)549,000[30]
6"Episode 6"29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)495,000[31]
7"Episode 7"6 July 2012 (2012-07-06)509,000[32]
8"Episode 8"13 July 2012 (2012-07-13)481,000[33]
9"Episode 9"20 July 2012 (2012-07-20)473,000[34]
10"Episode 10"27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)544,000[35]

Series 2 (2013)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
11"Episode 1"20 February 2013 (2013-02-20)664,000[36]
12"Episode 2"27 February 2013 (2013-02-27)574,000[37]
13"Episode 3"6 March 2013 (2013-03-06)623,000[38]
14"Episode 4"13 March 2013 (2013-03-13)596,000[39]
15"Episode 5"20 March 2013 (2013-03-20)527,000[40]
16"Episode 6"27 March 2013 (2013-03-27)625,000[41]
17"Episode 7"3 April 2013 (2013-04-03)627,000[42]
18"Episode 8"10 April 2013 (2013-04-10)627,000[43]
19"Episode 9"17 April 2013 (2013-04-17)610,000[44]
20"Episode 10"24 April 2013 (2013-04-24)617,000[45]
21"Episode 11"1 May 2013 (2013-05-01)697,000[46]
22"Episode 12"8 May 2013 (2013-05-08)671,000[47]

Series 3 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
23"Episode 1"12 February 2014 (2014-02-12)543,000[48]
24"Episode 2"19 February 2014 (2014-02-19)527,000[49]
25"Episode 3"26 February 2014 (2014-02-26)614,000[50]
26"Episode 4"5 March 2014 (2014-03-05)596,000[51]
27"Episode 5"12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)615,000[52]
28"Episode 6"19 March 2014 (2014-03-19)668,000[53]
29"Episode 7"26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)620,000[54]
30"Episode 8"2 April 2014 (2014-04-02)619,000[55]
31"Episode 9"9 April 2014 (2014-04-09)632,000[56]
32"Episode 10"16 April 2014 (2014-04-16)760,000[57]

Series 4 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
33"Episode 1"24 September 2014 (2014-09-24)643,000[58]
34"Episode 2"1 October 2014 (2014-10-01)570,000[59]
35"Episode 3"8 October 2014 (2014-10-08)623,000[60]
36"Episode 4"15 October 2014 (2014-10-15)729,000[61]
37"Episode 5"22 October 2014 (2014-10-22)649,000[62]
38"Episode 6"29 October 2014 (2014-10-29)699,000[63]
39"Episode 7"5 November 2014 (2014-11-05)731,000[64]
40"Episode 8"12 November 2014 (2014-11-12)741,000[65]
41"Episode 9"19 November 2014 (2014-11-19)722,000[66]
42"Episode 10"26 November 2014 (2014-11-26)733,000[67]

Series 5 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
43"Episode 1"11 February 2015 (2015-02-11)768,000[68]
44"Episode 2"18 February 2015 (2015-02-18)737,000[69]
45"Episode 3"25 February 2015 (2015-02-25)643,000[70]
46"Episode 4"4 March 2015 (2015-03-04)606,000[71]
47"Episode 5"11 March 2015 (2015-03-11)623,000[72]
48"Episode 6"18 March 2015 (2015-03-18)735,000[73]
49"Episode 7"25 March 2015 (2015-03-25)641,000[74]
50"Episode 8"1 April 2015 (2015-04-01)782,000[75]
51"Episode 9"8 April 2015 (2015-04-08)763,000[76]
52"Episode 10"15 April 2015 (2015-04-15)678,000[77]

Series 6 (2016)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
53"Episode 1"11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)692,000[78]
54"Episode 2"18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)625,000[79]
55"Episode 3"25 May 2016 (2016-05-25)664,000[80]
56"Episode 4"1 June 2016 (2016-06-01)505,000[81]
57"Episode 5"8 June 2016 (2016-06-08)726,000[82]
58"Episode 6"15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)682,000[83]
59"Episode 7"22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)552,000[84]
60"Episode 8"29 June 2016 (2016-06-29)681,000[85]
61"Episode 9"6 July 2016 (2016-07-06)677,000[86]
62"Episode 10"13 July 2016 (2016-07-13)574,000[87]
63"Episode 11"20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)655,000[88]
64"Episode 12"27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)710,000[89]

Series 7 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
65"Episode 1"21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)574,000[90]
66"Episode 2"28 June 2017 (2017-06-28)622,000[91]
67"Episode 3"5 July 2017 (2017-07-05)597,000[92]
68"Episode 4"12 July 2017 (2017-07-12)468,000[93]
69"Episode 5"19 July 2017 (2017-07-19)724,000[94]
70"Episode 6"26 July 2017 (2017-07-26)640,000[95]
71"Episode 7"2 August 2017 (2017-08-02)722,000[96]
72"Episode 8"9 August 2017 (2017-08-09)748,000[97]
73"Episode 9"16 August 2017 (2017-08-16)732,000[98]
74"Episode 10"23 August 2017 (2017-08-23)723,000[99]
75"Episode 11"30 August 2017 (2017-08-30)721,000[100]
76"Episode 12"6 September 2017 (2017-09-06)740,000[101]

This was the final season to be filmed at the ABC Ripponlea Studios, with episode 12 being one of the last TV shows filmed at the historic studios.

Series 8 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
77"Episode 1"31 January 2018 (2018-01-31)568,000[102]
78"Episode 2"7 February 2018 (2018-02-07)493,000[103]
79"Episode 3"14 February 2018 (2018-02-14)489,000[104]
80"Episode 4"21 February 2018 (2018-02-21)575,000[105]
81"Episode 5"28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)561,000[106]
82"Episode 6"7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)563,000[107]
83"Episode 7"14 March 2018 (2018-03-14)671,000[108]
84"Episode 8"21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)608,000[109]
85"Episode 9"28 March 2018 (2018-03-28)605,000[110]
86"Episode 10"4 April 2018 (2018-04-04)472,000[111]
87"Episode 11"11 April 2018 (2018-04-11)544,000[112]
88"Episode 12"18 April 2018 (2018-04-18)525,000[113]
89"Episode 13"25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)534,000[114]

Series 9 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
90"Episode 1"19 September 2018 (2018-09-19)674,000[115]
91"Episode 2"26 September 2018 (2018-09-26)609,000[116]
92"Episode 3"3 October 2018 (2018-10-03)607,000[117]
93"Episode 4"10 October 2018 (2018-10-10)651,000[118]
94"Episode 5"17 October 2018 (2018-10-17)674,000[119]
95"Episode 6"24 October 2018 (2018-10-24)616,000[120]
96"Episode 7"31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)665,000[121]
97"Episode 8"7 November 2018 (2018-11-07)745,000[122]
98"Episode 9"14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)710,000[123]
99"Episode 10"21 November 2018 (2018-11-21)683,000[124]
100"Episode 11"28 November 2018 (2018-11-28)742,000[125]
101"Episode 12"5 December 2018 (2018-12-05)675,000[126]
102"Episode 13"12 December 2018 (2018-12-12)605,000[127]

Series 10 (2019)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
103"Episode 1"26 June 2019 (2019-06-26)569,000[128]
104"Episode 2"3 July 2019 (2019-07-03)577,000[129]
105"Episode 3"10 July 2019 (2019-07-10)395,000[130]
106"Episode 4"18 July 2019 (2019-07-18)a361,000[131]
107"Episode 5"24 July 2019 (2019-07-24)607,000[132]
108"Episode 6"31 July 2019 (2019-07-31)660,000[133]
109"Episode 7"7 August 2019 (2019-08-07)611,000[134]
110"Episode 8"14 August 2019 (2019-08-14)585,000[135]
111"Episode 9"21 August 2019 (2019-08-21)683,000[136]
112"Episode 10"28 August 2019 (2019-08-28)686,000[137]
113"Episode 11"4 September 2019 (2019-09-04)498,000[138]
114"Episode 12"11 September 2019 (2019-09-11)636,000[139]
115"Episode 13"18 September 2019 (2019-09-18)602,000[140]

Notes

a.^ Originally scheduled to air on 17 July, episode 3 was broadcast in error. The episode was subsequently released on ABC iView, and broadcast on 18 July on ABC TV.[141]

Series 11 (2020)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
116"Episode 1"5 February 2020 (2020-02-05)592,000[142]
117"Episode 2"12 February 2020 (2020-02-12)577,000[143]
118"Episode 3"19 February 2020 (2020-02-19)592,000[144]
119"Episode 4"26 February 2020 (2020-02-26)614,000[145]
120"Episode 5"4 March 2020 (2020-03-04)581,000[146]
121"Episode 6"11 March 2020 (2020-03-11)565,000[147]
122"Episode 7"18 March 2020 (2020-03-18)737,000[148]
123"Episode 8"25 March 2020 (2020-03-25)757,000[149]
124"Episode 9"1 April 2020 (2020-04-01)752,000[150]
125"Episode 10"8 April 2020 (2020-04-08)715,000[151]
126"Episode 11"15 April 2020 (2020-04-15)675,000[152]
127"Episode 12"22 April 2020 (2020-04-22)671,000[153]

Series 12 (2020)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
128"Episode 1"5 August 2020 (2020-08-05)691,000[154]
129"Episode 2"12 August 2020 (2020-08-12)598,000[155]
130"Episode 3"19 August 2020 (2020-08-19)649,000[156]
131"Episode 4"26 August 2020 (2020-08-26)622,000[157]
132"Episode 5"2 September 2020 (2020-09-02)576,000[158]
133"Episode 6"9 September 2020 (2020-09-09)588,000[159]
134"Episode 7"16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)598,000[160]
135"Episode 8"23 September 2020 (2020-09-23)572,000[161]
136"Episode 9"30 September 2020 (2020-09-30)585,000[162]
137"Episode 10"7 October 2020 (2020-10-07)542,000[163]

Special[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
138"Pagan Holiday Special"20 December 2020 (2020-12-20)[164]399,000[165]

Series 13 (2021)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
139"Episode 1"26 May 2021 (2021-05-26)572,000[166]
140"Episode 2"2 June 2021 (2021-06-02)581,000[167]
141"Episode 3"9 June 2021 (2021-06-09)467,000[168]
142"Episode 4"16 June 2021 (2021-06-16)564,000[169]
143"Episode 5"23 June 2021 (2021-06-23)507,000[170]
144"Episode 6"30 June 2021 (2021-06-30)497,000[171]
145"Episode 7"7 July 2021 (2021-07-07)500,000[172]
146"Episode 8"14 July 2021 (2021-07-14)438,000[173]
147"Episode 9"21 July 2021 (2021-07-21)549,000[174]
148"Episode 10"28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)436,000[175]
149"Episode 11"4 August 2021 (2021-08-04)415,000[176]
150"Episode 12"11 August 2021 (2021-08-11)532,000[177]

Series 14 (2022)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
151"Episode 1"2 February 2022 (2022-02-02)541,000[178]
152"Episode 2"9 February 2022 (2022-02-09)463,000[179]
153"Episode 3"16 February 2022 (2022-02-16)482,000[180]
154"Episode 4"23 February 2022 (2022-02-23)487,000[181]
155"Episode 5"2 March 2022 (2022-03-02)485,000[182]
156"Episode 6"9 March 2022 (2022-03-09)441,000[183]
157"Episode 7"16 March 2022 (2022-03-16)387,000[184]
158"Episode 8"23 March 2022 (2022-03-23)396,000[185]
159"Episode 9"30 March 2022 (2022-03-30)418,000[186]
160"Episode 10"6 April 2022 (2022-04-06)510,000[187]
161"Episode 11"13 April 2022 (2022-04-13)473,000[188]
162"Episode 12"20 April 2022 (2022-04-20)401,000[189]

Series 15 (2022)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Viewers
163"Episode 1"20 July 2022 (2022-07-20)TBD

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Peter Beck AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy Series Nominated[190]
2013 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Logie Award for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program Nominated[190]
2014 Shaun Micallef AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy Won[190]
Shaun Micallef and Peter Beck AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy or Light Entertainment Series Nominated[190]
2016 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Logie Award for Most Outstanding Comedy Program Won[191]
2017 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Logie Award for Most Outstanding Comedy Program Nominated[190]
2018 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Logie Award for Most Popular Comedy Program Nominated[190]
2019 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Logie Award for Most Popular Comedy Program Nominated[190]
2020 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell AACTA Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Program Won[192]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Known as Granada Australia during Series 1
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