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The Chaser returns to Triple M ‘to take the piss out of everything’

Satirical comedy group The Chaser has returned to commercial radio after 10 years “to take the piss out of everything,” the group’s Charles Firth has told Mumbrella.

“It’s the same as it was 16 years ago, we just want to take the piss out of everything, that’s the honest reason,” he said of the group’s return to Triple M.

“Radio is by far the highest fun-to-work ratio of any of the mediums, it’s so immediate and so wonderful, you can create things and you have the added bonus of nobody can see our ugly faces. It’s like The Chaser on TV but you can imagine us all as incredibly handsome people,” Firth said.

Radio Chaser aired this morning on Sydney’s Triple M and will air from 11am-1pm on weekdays.

Firth said the show is not as “auspicious as when [it] started” – but it will go back to the show’s roots to stay true to the nature of commercial radio.

“When we first started going to air there was a very big culture of pre-written sketches and more produced radio and we’ve recorded three sketches this morning that we want to stay true to that form of radio and that tradition of radio, so we are definitely going back to our roots,” said Firth.

Radio Chaser goes head-to-head with 2GB’s ‘The Ray Hadley Morning Show’ which Firth said The Chaser would utilise, aiming to launch a segment called ‘Ray of Sunshine’.

“We are up against Ray Hadley for the first hour and our major pitch is that we are not Ray Hadley, but what we want to do is help Ray improve his show.

“He seems to be a bit grumpy from time to time so we’ve got a segment that we are leading with today, which is ‘Ray of Sunshine’ and it’s about bringing a ray of sunshine into Ray Hadley’s radio show. That’s our main mission for the first week.

“We will be aiming to massively improve not just our show and the Triple M audience’s lives but Ray Hadley’s show as well,” he continued.

The debut airing of Radio Chaser has The Chaser putting a call out to potential sponsors, as the show has not yet locked one in.

Firth said his hope for Radio Chaser was to lock down some “vegan sellers of some organic seaweed”, ideally a “massive multi-national vegan chain that fits with our ABC values”.

“We’ve been in terrible negotiations with the Triple M management about what sort of sponsors we would like.

“Apparently its more sort of KFC or Pizza Hut,” Firth said.

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