Cast and crew of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell were given a standing ovation by a studio audience this week at ABC’s Southbank studio.
The ITV Studios / Giant Baby comedy had just wrapped a decade of satire aimed at tall poppies in politics, news, the media and more and enjoying solid ratings across its run.
The final episode played out like most episodes, with final appearances by Brion Pegmatite (Tosh Greenslade), Mary-Brett Punish (Emily Taheny), Donald McEngadine (Stephen Hall), Walbin Hecht – Official Coin Phraser from the Royal Mint (Francis Greenslade) and Star Casino PR Officer, Complimentary Voucher (Christie Whelan Browne).
But it wrapped with another season finale musical number, ‘You, Me and World War Three’ by Gavin Friday.
After filming concluded Micallef thanked ABC, ITV Studios, cast and crew, including writers Gary McCaffrie, Michael Ward and long-time floor manager Darrin Oakley.
Post-show celebrations included rare video messages from PM Anthony Albanese, Michael McCormack, Bill Shorten, Jacqui Lambie -some trying on zingers of their own- plus Ita Buttrose, Andrew Denton, Wil Anderson, Michael Rowland, Lisa Millar, Leigh Sales and Sarah Ferguson.
Micallef recently told TV Tonight, he is hoping the show may return in some form in the future, albeit without him on screen.
“I am interested in working on other people’s things from now on. I’ve had a summer that’s lasted 30 years. I’ve been able to do so much of my own work. I’m so lucky to be able to do that. Now I kind of want to help other people realise their visions and hand over the mic to somebody who hasn’t had the opportunity,” he said.
“Resources are limited here at the ABC. I’ve been hogging them for far too long. I would like to see some younger people, some more diverse performers have access to those resources.”
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell series 14 & 15 now streaming on ABC iview.