It was Tony Abbott who best made a mockery of Australia during his attempt as prime minister but it’s Malcolm Turnbull whose become the first prime minister in recent memory to be lampooned on US staple sketch show, Saturday Night Live.
Though unlike the Orange in Chief, we don’t expect Mal to demand the show be removed from network television for perpetuity via Tweet anytime soon. Better yet, the PM wasn’t even being poked fun of, the cast making light of Donald Trump’s public fail with Australia last week. Nonetheless, it was a decent and laugh-worthy effort at an Aussie accent by cast member Beck Bennett.
And, of course, it’s not the first time the Australian accent has been impersonated on TV or film. So with that in mind, here’s a collection of some of the best Aussie accent impressions from Hollywood.
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Before his spot-on impression of Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin nailed the Aussie accent first in fast-flying sitcom 30 Rock as station head Jack Donaghy in season six. The following line alone an episode where he’s pleading with the UN to have his wife returned after being held in North Korea: “Boomerang my shelia back to her joey, mate”.
The Simpsons, Bart v Australia
It still rates as one of the funniest Simpsons episodes of all time, a crank phone call from Dr. Bart Simpson to see which direction the water flushes in Australia ending up in the Simpsons travelling to Australia for Bart to face prosecution at the hands of the Australian government by way of boot. I see you’ve played knifey-spoony before then…
Josh Lawson, Anchor Man 2
If there’s one thing funnier than an American doing an Aussie impression it’s an Aussie doing an impression of how Americans think we talk. And Josh Lawson nailed it alongside Will Ferrell in Anchor Man 2, with his depiction of a Rupert Murdoch-type. Does anybody else here speak Australian?
Anti-Australia commercial – Property Rights Alliance (PRA)
This ad is so bad and the voice over accent so terrible that it’s arguably the funniest clip in this entire list. Put together by the PRA in the US, a lobby group for big business, the hilarious voice over claims the Australian government illegally implemented unconstitutional restrictions on cigarette companies that have only led to a smoking increase in Australia. It’s one big joke…
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Anyone who says Tarantino doesn’t have a sense of humor nowadays mustn’t remember his cameo as an Aussie slave trader in Django Unchained. We’ll just leave this here…
Robert Downey Jr, Natural Born Killers
In a killer role that helped re-launch his career the first time, Downey Jnr’s Australian accent was pretty damn good and at the time most commended it. But watching it now, there’s something almost comical about. And we figured out why…
Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder
This happened. Downey’s turn as Kirk Lazarus in Ben Stiller Comedy Tropic Thunder, where Downey does his best Russell Crowe impersonation. Re-watch the Natural Born Killers clip after this and you won’t be able to take is seriously.
Leslie Mann – Funny People
Firsty, can Eric Bana do comedy again sometime soon please? Back at his The Castle best in Adam Sandler’s Funny People, Bana cops a dressing down from a fed-up Leslie Mann who mocks him with an Australian accent in an epic break-up scene.
Zac Efron – Mike and dave Need Wedding Dates
Average movie. But a decent accent from the man who holds the Guinness World Record for least amount of body fat. And with a cameo from Marc Maron to boot, this is one of the funniest scenes of the movie. Admittedly, the bar wasn’t set high…
Not an accent but a rad attempt at some Aussie slang from the last US president to value diplomatic, trade and military relations with Australia. How so much has changed in the space of a fortnight… Come back, Baz!