Hey Hey It's Saturday (AU)
Hosted by Daryl Somers, Hey Hey It's Saturday is a variety show, featuring sketches, performances, a talent show of sorts, and an array of celebrity guests, ranging from Australian television stars, to actors in big Hollywood blockbuster movies. It ran for 27 years broadcasting its last episode in November 1999. After the popularity of two reunion shows in 2009, it came back TV screens in 2010.
Ernie Carroll (born 26 May 1929, in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian entertainer and television ...
Co-Host 1971–94; Guest Appearances 2009-present
Ossie Ostrich (full name: Oswald Q. Ostrich) was an Australian television character, firstly on the Tarax Show, and then on the long-running program Hey Hey It's Saturday which started as a Saturday morning cartoon show for children in 1971. In 1984, he also hosted an after-school children's show called The Ossie Ostrich Video Show, with co-host Jacki MacDonald.
Ossie was a good-natured pink ostrich puppet that sported a light blue mohawk hairstyle. Ossie formed a comic duo with the host of Hey Hey, Daryl Somers.
Producer Ernie Carroll, an experienced comedy writer who had worked for Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight, resurrected a puppet used for an earlier GTV-9 children's program "packed away in a dusty suitcase in the GTV props bay."
Typically, Ossie would provide the comic foil to Somers' straight man. Somers sometimes retaliated by calling Ossie names like 'Fiberglass Head', but he also had more affectionate names, like his 'pink, feathered beakie'. The comic skill of Somers and Carroll was instrumental in leading to the wider appeal of the show and its move to a prime time spot on Saturday evening.
Ossie wasn't a part of Hey Hey It's Saturday for the entirety of its 28-year run - he retired in 1994 - but he was one of the most recognisable puppets in Australia for more than two decades.
Oswald Q. 'Ossie' Ostrich Photos
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