Crocodile Dundee star and Aussie icon Paul Hogan grabbed a savage roast during a celebrity-filled TV special on Seven on Tuesday night.
Celebrities like Ketti-Anne Kennerley, Ernie Dingo, Shane Jacobson and John Paul Young lined up to crack the good-hearted jokes with the acting veteran, who took the stage to bask in all the barbed humor.
And – surprise, surprise – some of the cheekiest jokes were saved for the night’s end, when comedian and controversial Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson rocked to the microphone.
While warming up before aiming for Hogan, Gleeson first toasted the rest of the celeb panel and announced that Ernie Dingo The wide nature – now he just lives there.”
John Paul de Jong? “You were big in the ’80s… but so was HIV.”
Kerri-Anne made one of the most awkward jokes of the night, with Gleeson referring to one of the former TV queen’s most controversial moments during the day: her Studio 10 on-air racism stoush with Yummi Stynes.
“Behind the scenes, she told me she was afraid she would be accused of racism again by Yumi Stynes. And I said, Kerri-Anne. that’s Alex Lee.”
Then it was time for the main event – and Gleeson didn’t hold back.
“Paul Hogan, nice to meet you. It would have been great to meet you in your prime, but… here we are,” he began. “Hopefully this show does really well – you could have your first hit since 1986!”
He suggested that if Hogan wanted to self-isolate during the pandemic, “you should just go to a movie theater that was running The most excellent Mr Dundee. You would have had the place to yourself for weeks.
And it went on.
“Paul, when you came up with The Paul Hogan Showwere you watching at home The Benny Hill Show and thought, ‘this is a little too clever’?” he asked.
Gleeson said Hogan was the face of Fosters Lager, which he says best represents his career: “It was very popular in the ’80s, but now it’s piss you couldn’t force anyone on anyone.”
Referring to Hoge’s famous catchphrase “Shrimp on the barbie”, he told him: “I understand why you like shrimp. You break off the piece you want and then throw it away. Like your marriages!”
He ended with some rare words of support, telling Hogan that he is ‘the most famous Australian comedian of all time – a height the rest of us will never reach. I said that because it’s true, and also because it will piss Hughesy off.’
But he couldn’t resist throwing one last punch – this time against Hogan’s notorious tax woes.
“Paul, thanks for having me… and what’s your accountant’s phone number?”