Australian comedy sketch show Full Frontal was a huge success in the '90s. While it had some already-seasoned comedians from The Comedy Company starring in the show, it also launched the careers of Eric Bana, Shaun Micallef, Kitty Flanagan, Julia Morris and Denise Scott. Now household names, these stars brought laughter and joy into our homes with the characters they played on the show.
Eric was known for his over-the-top characters like mullet-sporting Poita. After the show ended, he starred in the Aussie film The Castle before showing his dramatic side in the 2000 crime biopic Chopper.
Hollywood then came calling and Eric proved himself in films such as Black Hawk Down, The Hulk and Troy. "Comedy is risk-taking, so is acting. But so is doing nothing — that's pretty scary," he revealed in an interview with Fairfax in 2007.
Eric is now an A-list actor who has his choice of projects. He can next be seen in the upcoming Australian mystery thriller film Force of Nature: The Dry 2 and is currently filming the Ridley Scott-produced film Berlin Nobody.
One of Australia's best-known comedians, Kitty Flanagan was discovered by Full Frontal's producers through her stand-up comedy and returned to the circuit after the show finished.
She also continued appearing on and writing for TV including on Shaun Micallef's World Around Him, Rove, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.
In 2021 she created and starred in her own sitcom Fisk, which has received critical acclaim and worldwide popularity after being picked up by Netflix. She also received the Silver Logie for most popular actress at the Logie Awards in 2022 and '23.
"I'm beyond excited that Fisk is going to Netflix," Kitty said. "Now whenever anyone asks, 'Hey where can I watch your show?' it's simple, just hit the Netflix button and Fisk yourself stupid."
After getting her TV break in Full Frontal, Julia returned to stand-up comedy, touring the country with her live show and trying to break the UK market.
On her return to Australia, she was a regular on TV comedy and panel shows including Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Studio 10, The Project, The Living Room and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.
She is better known now as a reality show host after presiding over Australia's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here since 2015.
And she's not giving up her career anytime soon. "I want to totally Betty White the s**t out of it. I'm just gonna be Betty White and be around forever," she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Full Frontal led to Shaun Micallef's World Around Him, three seasons of the Logie Award-winning ABC series The Micallef Program and Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, which he hosted for 10 years. He has also appeared in panel shows including Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and Shaun Micallef's Brain Eisteddfod.
And despite acting roles both on screen and in the theatre, he claims not to be an actor. "The persona on screen has been carefully cultivated over a period of almost 30 years now, and it is the product of a number of very talented writers," he told the SMH. "I'm not an actor. I'm a performer."
Denise Scott has been a well-known face in Australian comedy since the '90s, appearing on The Big Gig and having a weekly segment on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard as well as Full Frontal.
This year she revealed she had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer but despite that, she filmed the 2023 remake of Aussie classic Mother And Son while going through chemotherapy.
"I don't know who first suggested I try to do both, which in hindsight was insane," she told Women's Weekly. "I think it was me. I was thinking, I don't want to shut this whole production down, and I was also thinking, I want to live!"
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