Actor Sam Neill went to university with John Clarke – who died over the weekend.
Here he talks to John Campbell about the adventures – the laughs and the good times they shared over almost 50 years.
Actor Sam Neill says the late John Clarke was a precociously gifted satirist and showman and one of New Zealand’s finest ever comedians.
Mr Clarke – who was best-known in New Zealand for creating the Fred Dagg character in the 1970s – died while trekking through the Victoria bush on Sunday.
The pair met while studying at Victoria University nearly 50 years ago and the two have stayed friends since then.
Mr Neill said Mr Clarke’s achievements and longevity meant his legacy was in no doubt.
‘You know he was on every week on Australian television for 30-plus years.
He just had to walk on stage and people would laugh.
He didn’t even have to do anything – there was just something innately funny about him.
But on top of that he was very good at explaining what was going on.
He was a very gifted man’.