Get This was an under-appreciated, cult-followed Radio and Podcast Gem. The pedantic work of Tony Martin was fabulously contrasted by Ed Kavalee's shambolic approach to preparation and rounded out with the nice-guy comic stylings of young Richard. The Get This Podcast reached 80,000 downloads per episode and was listened to by many of the comic elites, including; Ross Noble, Daniel Kitson, Greg Fleet, Hamish Black and Andy Lee.
Like The Ricky Gervais Podcasts, Get This showed that, every once in a while, radio or podcasts can reach comic and artistic heights comparable to the 'great' stand-up albums like Richard Pryor, sitcoms like the office or comic authors like Douglas Adams. If you can find the torrents of the podcasts, download them like you life depended on them.
Richard was part of Get This and provided me with countless hours of pure comic pleasure. Thanks Ricky M.
Ricky M, known also as Armitage Shanks, Marslando and Marslando Bloom, was always a man with his finger on the buttons. Ricky M was born and sporn on the parklands of the Veale Gardens in Adelaide. Not content to sit around and smoke a fat cigarette, Richard survived in the Gardens on a diet of Farmers Union Iced Coffees and Cherry Ripes. He graduated from Passiona High and proceeded to carve out a career in music and etertainment.
After one evening of DJing a set at An Adelaide Goth club, Marsland caught a bus home as he usually did. Only when he caught a glimpse of Ibiza did he realise he had accidentally caught the Venga Bus and was headed to the Mediterranean Sun.
It was here that Richard allegedly struck up a friendship with Dean Geyer. This relationship resulted in a artistic flowering for Mars Bar. He tried his hand at stand-up and did a tight ten on a hay-bail, performed a cameo in Short Bus and ghost wrote the Women’s Weekly article, Ask Rosie.
Following a falling-out, where Marsland allegedly gave Geyer one right up the bracket, Richard was found drifting artistically. One of his creations of the time was an absurd game called Mingo. It wasn't until a chance meeting with Warrick Capper, who at the time was driving a Triple M Black Thunder, did Marsland reach for the stars again. Richard, Capper, and his long blonde locks became the biggest things in the 80's. They rose up to take on the thugs from the scallop industry. Then, teaming up with a Robot sent from the Future, Karl Stefonovic, they fought off the robotic Armageddon by selling Dixie ice creams. All this from a fat kid from Mordiallic.
Despite living a recluse life-style, Marsland claimed he did not live like Buffalo Bill and in fact live more Like Seagul, and preferred to live in the shadows.
Richard lived a well-rounded life and traveled extensively. He traveled to his spiritual home, Africa, and played a tribute concert to Toto in Soweto, playing five synthesizers, Nick Kershaw style. Despite his constant protest that "something stinks in the state of the Netherlands" he travelled there in 1996 and recalled, as one of the trips highlights, handing a business card to Rex Hunt. This is Dizzy stuff folks.
Richard joins past greats in the great Venga Bus in the sky. He can now be heard moonlighting on God This with Moses Father Ted and Richard on the Buttons.