As part of the promotional campaign for his forthcoming film I Love You Too, Peter Helliar has been about and about in the popular media.
Now I’d rather staple wolverines to my genitals than go and see this film, which is neither here nor there, but what did baffle me was that in one puff piece, Mr Helliar was described as “one of Melbourne’s most beloved comedians”.
To which the only reasonable response is “sez who?”
I have no strong personal opinion about Mr Helliar either way. For all I know, he might be an absolute top bloke, loves his mum and pats kittens on the head on the way to work. What I find to be a bit of a puzzler is the above cited description of “most beloved comedian”.
A quick squiz of Mr Helliar’s Wikipedia entry reveals a string of capers, including The Bounce and the radio show he co-hosted with Myf Warhurst, all of which have crashed and burned owing to the fact that not really that many people took any interest in them.
If Mr Helliar really is one of “Melbourne’s most beloved comedians”, then we have an odd way of showing it.
Same with that Magda Szubanski chick. We’re constantly told how loved she is but just about every show in which she starred, tanked.
It’s all very perplexing.