The series began screening shortly after the similar sketch comedy program Fast Forward
retained the same general format of Fast Forward
- it was formatted like someone
continuously channel surfing and after the punchline each sketch would abruptly switch to the
next as if someone had switched channels - however the new show basically had an all-new regular
cast. Initially some of the Fast Forward
cast made guest appearances in occasional Full
sketches, easing the transition into the 'new' series. Several members of the new cast
had appeared in the much earlier The Comedy Company
, including Kym Gyngell and Glenn Butcher.Full Frontal
is well known for launching the television careers of Eric Bana
and Shaun Micallef.
After 5 years, the show was cancelled by Seven, and in 1998 moved to Ten under the
name Totally Full Frontal
, where it would only continue until 1999 before being axed.
A two-volume set of the first series of Full Frontal
has been released on DVD.
Volume 1 of the second series was released October 23, 2006 with Volume 2 released December 5, 2006.
Volumes 1&2 of the third series were released February 16, 2007.Famous Characters:
Poida - Australian redneck (bogan) and community television "personality", played by Eric Bana.
Eddie - Eastern European migrant, whose famous line was "It's a complete
shermozzle" (also played by Eric Bana).
Neville and Beulah - Elderly nudists (played by Glenn Butcher and Daina Reid)
Milo Kerrigan - Punch-drunk (but much loved) ex-boxer played by Shaun Micallef
David McGahan - Incompetent TV personality and failed actor who hosted nature
documentaries, (played by Shaun Micallef).
Roger Explosion - 'alter ego' of David McGahan from his failed acting career
(played by Shaun Micallef).
Leon - Art critic, renowned for his use of the word "crap" (played by Kim Gyngell)
Ian Goodings - Sleazy TV news presenter on the fictitious Australian
National Nightly Network News (played by John Walker).
Narelle Parkinsom - Bitchy and unenthusiastic co-anchor on fictitious
Australian National Nightly Network News (played by Kitty Flanagan).
Phil Toinby - Much maligned weatherman on Australian Nightly Network News
(played by Francis Greenslade).
Chaka - Hippie and poet, her poems were usually about her hometown of
Nimbin (played by Kitty Flanagan).
Enzo - Organized crime boss believed to be parody of figures in the
Melbourne organized crime underworld (played by Ross Williams). The show also famously satirised many prominent celebrities including:
John Howard - Australian Prime Minister (John Walker).
Pauline Hanson - Controversial right-wing politician (Daina Reid).
Stuart Littlemore - Long-time host of ABC's Media Watch (Kim Gyngell).
Mike Willesee - Original host of Nine's A Current Affair, known for taking long pauses (Eric Bana).
Ray Martin - Journalist and presenter of Australia's A Current Affair (Eric Bana).
Fabio - Male model and "most beautiful man in the universe, including the black holes" (Shaun Micallef).
Kerry O'Brien - Journalist and presenter of The 7.30 Report (Kim Gyngell).