You should make sure you are a fan of jokes before you go see That’s Not My Dog! And by jokes, I mean the classic spoken setup with a punchline type. Because that’s 100 per cent what you’re going to get: Two and a bit hours of some of the biggest names in Australian film and TV, at a party, telling their favourite jokes. If you are the person who rolls their eyes, groans or asks for an explanation for a punchline, you’re not going to enjoy it (unless secretly you like them, but won’t let on to your joke-telling dad/uncle/friend).
On the other hand, if you stockpile stories about Irishmen, blondes and clergymen to bust out around campfires and at family gatherings, this film is right up your alley – and you’ll probably even leave with a couple of new ones for your arsenal.
Luckily, I’m a huge fan of jokes. I’d tell you to ask my friends – but my fondness for shitty one-liners means I no longer have any.
That’s Not My Dog! doesn’t suffer from an inability to remember more than three jokes and an ineptitude for comedic timing, however, so it’s a lot more fun than I am.
You wouldn’t expect anything less from the all-star cast of Aussie greats from the past thirty years of Australian film and TV.
Just check out this list. They even managed to pull Paul Hogan into the mix:
- Shane Jacobson (Kenny),
- Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee),
- Jimeoin (The Craic),
- Steve Vizard (Tonight Live with Steve Vizard),
- Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan),
- Fiona O’Loughlin (Spicks and Specks),
- Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars),
- Lehmo (The Project),
- Ed Kavalee (Have You Been Paying Attention?),
- Paul Fenech (Fat Pizza),
- Marty Fields (Blue Heelers),
- Rob Carlton (Paper Giants),
- Christie Whelan Browne (The Wrong Girl),
- Stephen Hall (Comedy Inc),
- Dave Eastgate (Doctor Doctor),
- Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc),
- Bev Killick (Busting Out),
- Emily Taheny (True Story with Hamish & Andy),
- Khaled Khalafalla (Upper Middle Bogan),
- Hung Le (The Wog Boy),
- Ron Jacobson (Kenny),
- Bec Asha (Conan O’Brien),
- Ross Daniels (The Wedge),
- Lulu McClatchy (Bogan Pride),
- Spud Murphy (Stand Up Comic),
- John Foreman (Carols By Candlelight),
- Stewart Faichney (Strange Bedfellows) and
- Nathaniel Lloyd (The Big I Am).
The setting is a barbecue organised by Shane Jacobson as a tribute to his father, played by his real-life father, Ron Jacobson. The guests are told that beer and meat is provided and only their best jokes are required.
Check it out with your joke-loving old man or that friend who always asks if you’ve heard the one about the corduroy pillow…
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