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GenreSport, Comedy
Created byRic Salizzo
Written byRic Salizzo
StarringLana Coc-Kroft

Marc Ellis

Leigh Hart Graeme Hill

Ric Salizzo
Country of originNew Zealand
Executive producerBrian Neal Ric Salizzo
Running time60 min (including commercials)
Original networkTV2
Original release1996 - November 23, 2005
July 9, 2008 –
2011 (2011)
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SportsCafe was a New Zealand sports TV show. The show's original run was hosted by Lana Coc-Kroft, Marc Ellis, Leigh Hart, Graeme Hill, Ric Salizzo and reporter Eva Evguenieva. In 2001 Leigh Hart was added to the cast under his persona of 'That Guy'.

The show first screened on New Zealand television in 1996 on Sky Sport; however, those without a Sky subscription could view SportsCafe without a UHF Sky decoder by tuning their TV to the Sky Sport UHF channel, as the signal was not scrambled during this show. In 2002, SportsCafe moved to Sky 1 and in 2003 to TV2 (TVNZ 2).

It featured interviews with current sports stars and comical skits about sports. Each episode lasted 60 minutes, including commercials.

The show was pulled at the end of 2005 after the 'Celebrity Drug Scandal' but it is understood that this was not the reason for the show going off the air. The grand final screened November 23, 2005 and at the end of the show the presenters actually destroyed the set on the air, as The Exponents played their hit song "Why Does Love Do This To Me?".

On Sunday June 22, 2008, it was announced in the Herald on Sunday newspaper that SportsCafe would return for a final season, to begin on July 9, 2008. The show featured most of the original cast, and aired on Wednesday nights at 9.30 pm on TV2.

In 2011, SportsCafe returned for three exclusive online episodes, in order to celebrate New Zealand's hosting of the Rugby World Cup later in the year. Three shows were confirmed, and broadcast on July 8, 15 and 22. Recordings of these episodes can be found on YouTube.

National Nude Day[edit]

"National Nude Day" was a mock public holiday created when Marc Ellis challenged SportsCafe viewers to streak in front of then Prime Minister Helen Clark.[1][2] The show ran an event each year inviting viewers to submit photos and video of themselves performing daily activities in the nude, which was continued on the internet (rebranded as "World Nude Day" or "International Nude Day") until around 2009.[3] A number of student pubs in Ellis' home town of Dunedin offered special deals for nude patrons on the day.[4] Internet collections of world holidays mark the day as 14 July;[5] in fact it was held at the organizers' whim, having variously fallen on 19 September and 6 February.[3]


  1. ^ "SportsCafe – Grand Final". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Nude Day". New Zealand A to Z. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Turning the other cheek, all for fun". Stuff Limited. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald, Chelle (5 April 2018). "The Demise of the Student Pub". Critic Te Arohi. Otago University Students' Association. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. ^ "National Nude Day". Giftypedia. Retrieved 13 December 2019.

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