The Chaser's War on Everything

Wednesday 9:00 PM on ABC1
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  • show Description
  • A satirical current affairs show presented by The Chaser Team (Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Craig Reucassel, Chris Taylor, Julian Morrow, Charles Firth and Dominic Knight). Regular segments include Pursuit Trivia, Ad Road Test, the Surprise Spruiker and Mr. Ten Questions.

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 1

    Episode 51

    Aired 5/27/09

  • S 2 : Ep 24

    Episode 50

    Aired 11/14/07

  • S 2 : Ep 23

    Episode 49

    Aired 11/7/07

  • S 2 : Ep 22

    Episode 48

    Aired 10/31/07

  • S 2 : Ep 21

    Episode 47

    Aired 10/24/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chris Taylor


  • Craig Reucassel


  • Julian Morrow


  • Andrew Hansen


  • Chas Licciardello


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (88)

    • The Road to Turin Chris: I think what Steven Bradbury showed us is that if you work hard enough and if you believe in yourself strongly enough... and if every other skater completely f***s up, then there's no reason why we can't be Olympic gold medalists too.

    • [Voice-over during the closing credits] Announcer: What the Chaser team doesn't realise is that was the final episode of The Chaser's War on Everything. The DVD of the series, featuring highlights from the first and only episode, is available from ABC shops under the counter. Next week join us for a brand-new series, no doubt starring Penelope Keith.

    • From Evade Aid commercial Voiceover: In 2004, the world was devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami. Then, one year on to the day, we witnessed an even bigger global tragedy, with the death of Kerry Packer. This Sunday, some of Australia's biggest names in rock are getting together for an unprecedented concert event: Evade Aid. Raising money to help pay the taxes that Packer himself avoided. Join Missy Higgins, Silverchair, You Am I and Midnight Oil - back together for a special one-off performance. Tim Rogers: You Am I is incredibly proud to be part of this event. All proceeds go directly towards paying the Packer tax bill, so his poor grieving family don't have to pay for it themselves. Voiceover: There's no aid relief like tax relief, so book now for Evade Aid! Tim Rogers: Come on Australia, this is your chance to help out those much more fortunate than yourselves. Voiceover: Evade Aid.

    • Chas: OK, so in summary, Andrew, what have we learnt from current affairs this week? Andrew: Well, we've learnt that car parks are deadly, and the Prime Minister's a paedophile. Chas: Well, I hope that's cleared things up for you, Naomi. [Clip of Naomi Robson] Naomi: Thank you so very much for your generous help. It's a great result. [Back in studio] Chas/Andrew: No worries.

    • Chas: But, Andrew, these slow, warping men are all very well, but there is no one slower, or warpier, than paedophiles and sex offenders! [Clips of Sex offenders from Today Tonight] Andrew: No that is so true. Now look at this turtle-paced paedo. Chas: Moving very slowly. Now, I reckon this is the reason why sex offenders keep on getting caught. Look how slowly he's moving! [Back in studio] Chas/Andrew: Get a move on mate!

    • Chris: Now, just finally before we go, there's been a lot of talk lately about these Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, and pretty much all of the Australian media decided not to run them. Julian: Look, here at the Chaser we believe in freedom of speech and we will not be intimidated by the threat of violence, so as a gesture of solidarity, we have decided to republish the blasphemous cartoons ourselves - on Danna Vale's website. [Cut to shot of Danna Vale MP's website, with link reading "Click Here for Blasphemous Cartoons.”] Craig: Abort yourself out of that one Danna

    • Chas: So, what have we learned this week? Well, first of all, I learnt something about danger. And if you thought the Melbourne ganglands were unsafe, you think again! Today Tonight Voiceover: Bingles and bashings - why the local shopping centre car park is the most dangerous place in Australia. Chas: "The most dangerous place in Australia." So let's put it to the test, shall we? We've got some footage here of the Macquarie Fields Riots. Now they may look dangerous, but they are nothing compared to Today Tonight's car park carnage! (Clips of riot are shown on left, scenes from a car park on the right) Andrew: No, that's nothing. Look at that stuff on the right! Ooh look, those cars are... Ooh! Oh, he's reverse parking! Chas: Oh watch out, watch out. Watch out, he's honking the horn - and now he's trying to park! Andrew: That stuff on the left, that fire. Chas: That's nothing! Andrew: It's very scary.

    • Craig: In other news, cricket star Shane Warne has denied allegations that he's behind the manufacture of a new abortion drug. The mix-up came after a number of women received text messages from Warne, which simply read "RU4 69?" Julian: The conscience vote on the abortion pill, of course, went through both houses of Parliament this week. Interesting to see that a lot of Nationals voted for abortion - of Julian McGauran. Craig: Yes. But can we emphasise, Tony Abbot is still opposed to RU486. He supports other ways of dealing with unwanted pregnancies, such as a DNA test.

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    Notes (23)

    • The Catalyst segment in this episode was the first thing ever filmed for The Chaser's War on Everything.

    • The interview with "Heath Ledger" that was aired was cut off early before the end. After the bit about Molly Meldrum (when it ended in the aired episode), Ledger was asked what his next mumbling role was to be, and he replied he was going to star in The Craig Reucassel Story. After hearing this, Craig mutters "Oh, that's it...", walks over towards Heath and squirts him with a water pistol.

    • The exploding-cake effect at the very end was done by Doug Bayne, who does the graphics and titles, live in the studio. He simply smashed the cake with a green plastic cricket bat, then removed it digitally later. The version with 3 explosions (and hence 3 whacks) was the version aired, but on the first attempt with a different cake Doug managed to smash it completely (although mostly on one half) with one hit. However, they decided to go with the 3-whack version because they felt the timing was better.

    • In reaction to the repeated skit in the previous week's episode about Chris's reaction to the I Hate Chris advertisements, at the beginning of this weeks episode when the stars warm up the audience, 3 members of the audience held up We Hate Chris signs (that is, 1 piece of paper each with a single word on each). Coincidentally, the person who held the sign saying Chris was actually named Chris.

    • It is revealed on the DVD commentary that the audience involvement in the Hillsong sketch had to be rehearsed almost ten times before they actually filmed it because everyone was out of sync.

    • You Am I's Tim Rogers is a big fan of The Chaser and also appeared in "Evade Aid" from Episode 1. This is the second time he has had a cameo on the show.

    • At the beginning of this episode, before the recording started, the Chaser boys held a little trivia contest for the audience. Prizes were copies of one of the Chaser's books and 1 of 10 bumper-stickers sent in by a fan that say I don't listen to Alan Jones and I vote.

    • The first time Andrew Hansen read through the sign made by the man who was refusing to serve customers who couldn't read the sign (which was shown to have very bad grammar), he accidentally said don't instead of can't.

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    Trivia (26)

    • Special Guest: Kerry Packer

    • This week's subliminal message: Pausing to read this subliminal message probably isn't worth the effort Don't you agree?

    • Goof: Mr. Ten Questions only asks 9 questions to Charlize Theron, accidently forgetting to ask the 8th question!

    • Opening Title Targets The Olsen Twins Special Guest Scientologist: Tom Cruise

    • The man helping Chas hold up the TV playing Today outside the window of Sunrise is Tony Walters. Tony is probably best known as playing a character known as Womp on the ABC comedy series Double the Fist. On Double the Fist Tony starred alongside Doug Bayne, who does the graphics and credits on The Chaser's War on Everything (and also did the same on Double the Fist).

    • The little boy Craig brings with him in the "Alternative Daycare" stunt is Craig's real son, Oliver. Oliver Reucassel has been used in other stunts in other episodes because (as Craig and Andrew describe the team in the DVD commentary on this episode) "we're too cheap to hire real extras".

    • Kevin Rudd is the first person to answer the Pursuit Trivia question correctly.

    • In this episode, Chris, Julian and Craig are hosting The Ad Road Test segment. In previous episodes, Chris, Chas and Andrew have hosted it.

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    Allusions (5)

    • The Ken Done Code Parody of the trailer for The Da Vinci Code.

    • The sketch entitled Are You Being Shagged? is a direct parody of the double entendre rife Are You Being Served?

    • Pepé Le Pew The idea for painting a white stripe on the back of a black cat to make it look like a skunk was most likely based on the Pepé Le Pew cartoons. In the cartoons, Pepé would fall in love with a cat he thought was a skunk when it had a white stripe along its back.

    • Carlton United 93 A parody of the trailer for the film United 93.

    • Hausfrau Hitler A trailer parodying the movie Mrs Doubtfire and the work of director Leni Riefenstahl (who did Triumph of the Will).

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Great Show, Wish there were more eps. Super Funny!

    By strat_boy, Mar 21, 2010

  • Season Premiere - The Chaser does it again!

    By SecretTemp, Jun 01, 2009

  • the CWOE is a pollitically driven show which returns to our screens this week

    By lifeisTV, May 25, 2009

  • Need more shows like it.

    By Abhorsen_91, Apr 17, 2009

  • A fantastic Aussie Show! Involving Political Satire and real life things they do on the streets of Sydney and other major Australian Cities. Is it over? Or is it coming back?

    By Splendid_99, Apr 05, 2009