Yes, it was sad to read of John Clarke's sudden death yesterday. I suppose I didn't really care for the comic persona of his younger days, but it was impossible not to admire the cleverness and wit of his work with Bryan Dawe, as well as the sardonic acting in The Games. In fact, I had only watched his last Dawe interview last week, and wondered why they were no longer highlighted as much by the ABC. They were still pretty great together.
I heard an interview with him not so long ago on Radio National, and he sounded genuinely intelligent and thoughtful - a fact which many people who knew him have confirmed. I also think it fair to say that there was almost a type of gentleness to his humour, even though it was satire - which is no doubt why there will be virtually no ill will directed towards him. (Although I see some Right wing commenters at Tim Blair's have leapt in to make it clear he was not funny because he was a "Leftist". God help them if ever they try watching post Trump election Colbert.)