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Billy Birmingham (Born 1953) is an Australian humourist and sometime sports journalist, most noted for his parodies of Australian cricket commentary in recordings under The Twelfth Man name.[1] He was the writer of the comedy hit Australiana 1983 which was made famous by performer Austen Tayshus.[2] Birmingham is also a regular on the panel discussion show The Back Page, alongside Mike Gibson and Peter FitzSimons.[3] Ironically, Mike Gibson was sent up by Birmingham during the late 1980s on his Twelfth Man album Wired World of Sports.

Birmingham is famous for being able to find humour amid the hyperbole of world sport. Following Michael Clarke’s debut innings of 151 against India, there was considerable praise for him - including comments that the young man was the new Donald Bradman and that he should captain Australia. Birmingham famously announced on The Back Page that he was going to nominate Clarke for Australian of the Year, “He’s just that good”.

During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Birmingham also recorded a series of mock-commentaries on Olympic events as the “Wired World of Sports”, featuring such characters as the American track-and-field representative “Chuck D’Wobblee” (“chucked a wobbly” - meaning to throw a tantrum) and the Ukrainian pole-vaulter “Olga Bedjanodgonnagedova” (“bet you’re not gonna get over”), while also releasing the single, “Bruce 2000”, featuring an impersonation of Bruce McAvaney during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

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  • deiwise

    Anyone know which album had that hilarious football spoof on it? Hecanski now. Passes to hecantski...hecanski! Wecanallski, 2-0 Australia - fuckoffyoubitch the scorer!

    16 Feb 2008 Reply