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The Cast

Daryl Somers

Daryl Somers

Daryl made his television debut in 1968 on Ch9's New Faces as a drummer/vocalist in a band formed at his school. They came second in the final to John Williamson of True Blue fame. He then won the heat and final as a solo vocalist, reaching the Grand Final of the prestigious Australia's New Faces in 1970.

Daryl's first hosting role was on the kids' show Cartoon Corner in July, 1971. On October 9th that year, Daryl launched Hey Hey It's Saturday with his pink, feathery co-host, Ossie, giving rise to one of the most famous partnerships in Australian television history.

Over the next 28 years, Hey Hey evolved from an early morning kid's cartoon show to an adult's evening variety show. In 1984, Hey Hey was moved from 8.00am to 9.30pm. The following year, it was moved to 6.30pm where it stayed for the next 14 years.

As well as Hey Hey, Daryl hosted Bandstand in 1976. He presented the King of Pop Awards in 1976 and 1977. In 1980 Daryl replaced Tony Barber on the quiz show Family Feud, hosting the program for three years. In June 1982, he hosted his own variety show The Daryl Somers Show, which ran for 18 months. In 1985 Daryl hosted the revived game show Blankety Blanks and returned to the show where it all started, hosting and producing New Faces in 1989.

He also hosted the TV Week Logie Awards five times, won over 30 Logies including three Gold

In the January 2004 Australia Day Honours List, Daryl was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the television and entertainment industries, to charitable organisations and to the community.

That same year, Daryl made his return to TV, after a five year absence, as host of the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars.

Now, after 40 years in the business, Daryl returns to front the show that made him one of the legends of Australian television. Get ready for Hey Hey It's Saturday —on Wednesday nights at 7.30.

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John Blackman

John Blackman

Now one the most recognised voices in Australian TV and radio, John Blackman started out at radio station 2GN Goulburn in 1969. His impressive CV also boasts five years at 3AW where he regularly topped the ratings show he co-hosted with Bruce Mansfield. He has also presented breakfast shows on 3AK, 3UZ and Triple M in Adelaide.

 

John joined the Hey Hey team in the pivotal role as the voice over and as the man behind Dickie Knee as well as numerous other characters.

 

John has also appeared on many other television shows including the Paul Hogan Show, Holiday Island, Personality Squares, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud and the Daryl Somers Show - to name a few.

 

John has published several books including Aussie Gags, More Aussie Gags, Don't Come the Raw Prawn, Best of Aussie Slang, Aussie Slang Dictionary and the Dickie Knee Bumper Comic Book.

 

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Livinia Nixon

Livinia Nixon

Joining Hey Hey in 1997, Livinia started her television career hosting Plucka's Place. At the same time, she completed a bachelor of commerce and arts degree, majoring in marketing and Chinese. After graduation, Livinia turned her full attention to Hey Hey.

 

After Hey Hey's final show in 1999, Livinia became Channel 9's weather girl. She also hosted the quiz show Temptation with Ed Phillips for four years.

 

Proving her penchant for travel, Livinia hosted the adventure travel show Things to Try Before You Die with Jules Lund and Gary Sweet. She has also presented on Postcards and appeared as a guest reporter on Getaway.

 

Livinia co-hosted the drive show on Melbourne's Mix 101.1 for two years with Ed Phillips and she had a three-month stint in breakfast alongside Dave Hughes on Nova in Melbourne.

 

Livinia is an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and World Vision.

 

12 weeks after the arrival of her son Henry Rider Jack in early 2010, Livinia is returning to Hey Hey on Wednesday nights.

 

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Russell Gilbert

Russell Gilbert

After his beginnings as a butcher, Russell started his illustrious stand up career in his twenties by winning a talent search at his local football club.

 

He went on to perform stand-up at the Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant in Melbourne which opened the door to the main stage.

 

Russell has written and performed on The Comedy Company, starred in his own Russell Gilbert Show on the Nine Network, hosted the national radio broadcast Russell Gilbert Live, became a regular on Triple M's the Cage and co-hosted with Livinia Nixon on the Nine Network series Bark Off.

 

Joining the Hey Hey team in 1990, his contribution was so popular, he received Logie nominations for Most Popular Comedy Personality in 1996 and 1997.

 

Russell also toured the US opening for Russell Crowe and his band.

 

A lover of good food and cooking, Russell has also presented cooking segments on David and Kim's 9.00am and Honey Galore on radio 3AW breakfast show with Ross and John, as well as Chewing the Fat on weekends with Bob Hart.

 

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Wilbur Wilde

Wilbur Wilde

Born Nicholas Aitken, Wilbur Wilde first rose to prominence as a saxophonist with the bands Ol' 55 and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons.

 

He went on to perform with some of the biggest names in music including Skyhooks, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, Split Enz, Roy Orbison, Cold Chisel, Dire Straits and the Angels.

 

Then in 1984 Wilbur became a member of the house band on Hey Hey It's Saturday, where he stayed for 15 years.

 

He has made numerous other TV appearances throughout his career on shows including Flying Doctors, The Paul Hogan Show, Blankety Blanks, Getaway, Postcards and Spicks and Specks.

 

From 1992 to 1999, Wilbur toured with The New Rocky Horror Show. His CV also boasts a string of movie credits including Mad Max, Coolangatta Gold, Jenny Kissed Me, Cool Change and Star Struck.

 

Wilbur has also enjoyed an enduring career as a radio announcer with stints at stations 3XY, Gold 104 and Vega 91.5.

 

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Red Symons

Red Symons

Red started his career in the 70's as the guitarist for Skyhooks.

Well known for his theatrical performances, he provided a mix of music, humorous banter and sarcasm as a member of the Hey Hey team.

 

During his career, Red has appeared on Countdown, Neighbours and Big Brother. He lost a quarter of a million dollars on Who wants to be a Millionaire and written music for Blue Heelers. He has been a regular contributor to The Age newspaper. In his spare time Red also engaged in a fair amount of cross-dressing for a number of stage shows.

 

Red is also a regular on ABC's Einstein Factor, he was a judge on 7 Network's Australia's Got Talent, and has his own show on ABC radio 774.

 

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Andrew Fyfe

Red Symons

This talented cartoonist and satirist joined Hey Hey It's Saturday in 1985. For 14 years he appeared on the show, becoming famous for his quick wit and lightening fast cartoons that referenced the live action on the show.

 

In 1993 Andrew hosted his own game show Guess What? with Alison Brahe. He has also drawn for The Footy Show and A Current Affair.

 

He has also worked with Mad Magazine and TV Week.

 

Andrew produced Survive Alive, a series of animated shorts in 2004 and 2005 for the Comedy Channel.

 

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Plucka Duck

Plucka Duck has been a beloved member of the Hey Hey team since 1987. With a basic job description that includes wreaking havoc and causing mischief, Plucka started with his own segment Plucka Duck, giving viewers the opportunity to spin a wheel and win prizes.

 

Plucka's larger than life size and personality has seen him become enormously popular on the entertainment circuit.

 

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