Launching a campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of Australian comedian Michael McIntyre, the NSW government has issued a tribute to the late comic.
The NSW Premier and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Regional Development Mark McGowan is hosting a public memorial service at the Sydney Opera House for McIntyre.
McIntyre was born in New York City on December 15, 1946.
His career spanned the decades of his early years in New Zealand and the US, with him also performing in shows including The Beach Boys and The Misfits.
He was best known for his roles in the 1980s and 90s sitcom The Muppet Show and in the 1987 film The Big Lebowski.
On Monday, the state Government will host a public service event to honour McIntyre’s life.
Mr McGowan said the memorial service would feature a performance by Mr McIntyre and his co-star Gary Oldman, who played the character of Mr McIntire’s son.
“We’ll have a performance of Michael McIntire, Gary Oldham, David Byrne, the Big Lebs, and I’ll have two comedians playing Michael’s son, who was born the day Michael died,” Mr McGowan told AAP.
“We’re going to have two performances of Michael’s grandson, who will be a bit older than his grandfather, and we’ll also have a character who will go into the family tree, a family that’s lived in New Jersey, and he’ll go back to New York.”
McInty died on March 28, 1994, aged 76.
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