Dr Mumbo

Slaughtering lambs for world peace

Dr Mumbo was delighted to see the continuation of the now-annual tradition of everybody watching Meat & Livestock Australia’s new summer ad, then getting into a tizz about it. Followed by a wave of comedy hot takes.

Tonightly’s Greg Larsen was first out of the blocks in reinterpreting the unifying message of the ad, by taking a knife to a cute baby sheep, then sending the butchered lamb’s remains to world leaders.

It got dark, fast.

MLA instructions unclear, knife stuck in lamb


The butcher of Ultimo

For a little light relief, Dr Mumbo suggests sitting back and enjoying a dozen years of lamb-eating Sam Kokovich instead…

Meanwhile, The Monkeys’ West Side Story tribute isn’t the first time an ad has taken that approach.

Over in the UK, Super Noodles got there a decade ago, in a battle between the flabby and the fit.

And while Dr Mumbo is on the subject of Greg Larsen, the ABC is seeing history repeating itself.

TV viewers will already be aware that the best part of comedy show The Weekly with Charlie Pickering is Tom Gleeson’s Hard Chat segment.

Now the best part of Tonightly with Tom Ballard, which airs on ABC Comedy, is the Greg Larson segment.

Earlier this week, Larsen went to Mark Latham’s press conference to promote the ex-politician’s deranged “Save Australia day” ad and became possibly the first ABC representative to win him over.

All Larsen needed to do was to explain: “I hate Tonightly, and the ABC and Tom Ballard.”

By the end, they were hugging it out…



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