What happened to Australia's politically incorrect comedians of the '80s and ...

What happened to Australia's politically incorrect comedians of the '80s and ...
What happened to Australia's politically incorrect comedians of the '80s and ...

They were once Australia's most controversial performers, known for pushing the boundaries of good taste with their edgy jokes and risqué monologues.

But not every comedian who rose to prominence the '70s, '80s and '90s has managed to keep audiences laughing over the years.

From the provocative to the politically incorrect, here's what happened to Australia's most controversial stand-ups.

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Rodney Rude, 78, rose to fame in the '70s thanks to his bawdy jokes about sex, race and politics. He is pictured here in 1999

Comedy legend: These days, he has all but retired. He is pictured recently on Facebook

What happened to Australia's very politically incorrect comedians? Rodney Rude, 78, rose to fame in the '70s thanks to his bawdy jokes about sex, race and politics. These days, he has all but retired. He is pictured left in 1999, and right on Facebook more recently

Rodney Rude

Known for his love of profanities, there's a reason why Nowra-born comedian Rodney Left adopted the stage name Rude early in his career.

The controversial funnyman, 78, began his career in the early '60s, performing popular songs with altered lyrics and impersonating Elvis at showgrounds. 

His stand-up comedy career took off in the '70s as he toured the world and released a series of satirical CDs and cassettes.

He returned to Australia in the early '80s to set up the iconic Sydney Comedy Store, serving as its inaugural host.

Funnyman: His stand-up comedy career took off in the '70s as he toured the world and released a series of satirical CDs and cassettes. Pictured in the 1980s

Funnyman: His stand-up comedy career took off in the '70s as he toured the world and released a series of satirical CDs and cassettes. Pictured in the 1980s 

But not everyone approved of his performances, which often included bawdy jokes about race, sex and politics. 

The father of three was even arrested in the mid '80s by Queensland Police after offending officers during a show.

These days, Rodney has all but retired.

Private life: He now lives at his rural property in Illawarra, NSW, and spends his days writing poetry and caring for his elderly father. Rodney (right) is pictured here with a friend

Private life: He now lives at his rural property in Illawarra, NSW, and spends his days writing poetry and caring for his elderly father. Rodney (right) is pictured here with a friend

He now lives at his rural property in Illawarra, NSW, and spends his days writing poetry and caring for his elderly father.

'I'm gonna do some of the serious stuff,' Rude said of his retirement in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2016.

'I've written poetry and songs my whole life, but I've always been afraid to put it out because people would think Rude's gone soft.' 

Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson  

Comedy musician Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson, 74, is regarded as one of Australia's most iconic performers, known for his un-PC humour and lengthy career.

The self-proclaimed 'crown king of Kalgoorlie' ventured into comedy in the '70s when he recorded a cassette tape for his mates about his experiences working as an electrician in the mines of Western Australia.

Legend: Legend: Comedy musician Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson, 74, is regarded as one of Australia's most iconic performers, known for his un-PC humour and lengthy career. Pictured in the '80s

Pictured: Kevin in 2013

Legend: Comedy musician Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson, 74, is regarded as one of Australia's most iconic performers, known for his un-PC humour and lengthy career. He is pictured left in the '80s, and right in 2013 

In the '80s, he put together a cassette of parody songs titled Your Average Australian Yobbo, which featured tracks such as I Gave Up Wankin and That F**king Cat's Back.

The tape was wildly successful, selling thousands of copies and launching Kevin's comedy career. 

While his larrikin persona won him fans across the globe, he was also arrested on several occasions for his politically incorrect routines.

Not slowing down: One of Australia's most prolific entertainers, Kevin still performs about 120 concerts every year. He is preparing to embark on his 'F.U.P.C' comedy tour of New Zealand, which was recently postponed due to the Covid pandemic

Not slowing down: One of Australia's most prolific entertainers, Kevin still performs about 120 concerts every year. He is preparing to embark on his 'F.U.P.C' comedy tour of New Zealand, which was recently postponed due to the Covid pandemic 

These days his eyebrow-raising comedy is regarded as art,

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