Fred Dagg creator's Hall of Fame honour

Satirist John Clarke, who created Kiwi icon Fred Dagg and acclaimed mockumentary The Games, will be inducted into Australia's Logies Hall of Fame next month.

The New Zealand-born performer, writer and director will be recognised for his contribution to the Australian television industry at the 50th Logie Awards in Melbourne on May 4.

Clark first became known during the 1970s for portraying laconic New Zealand farmer called Fred Dagg on stage, film and television.

Since arriving in Australia in 1977, Clarke has entertained audiences with his trademark political satire 'interviews' alongside comedian Bryan Dawe first on ABC Radio and then on the Nine Network's A Current
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The pair's act can still be seen weekly on The 7.30 Report on ABC TV.

Also a prolific writer, Clarke co-wrote the drama mini-series Anzacs as well as the comedy series The Games, a mockumentary about the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).

Clarke, 59, has collaborated with some of the country's leading performers, including Graham Kennedy, Max Gillies, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Denton, Sam Neill and Gina Riley.

"I'm inclined to regard this as a youth encouragement award," Clarke said when informed of his win.

"I'm deeply grateful and will do what I can."

Clarke joins previous Hall of Fame inductees Paul Hogan, Bert Newton, Bryan Brown, Garry McDonald, Steve Irwin, and the programmes Neighbours and Playschool.

AAP