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Trevor Marmalade began his professional career in comedy in 1981 at the age of 19 after one try-out at the Last Laugh.
Shortly after was invited to join the fledging Punter to Punter team on 3RRR. Over the next five years the team wrote and performed radio sketches and plays , live shows including the legendary Comedy Clambakes, a one hour Melbourne Cup special for the ABC television and an LP -"We're Not Encouraging You to Gamble". Marmalade also found a niche as an off beat interviewer, tackling everyone from Robert Sangster to the world's worst jockeys.
During this time he worked extensively on the thriving Melbourne comedy circuit, including a season at the Comedy Café in Don't Touch That Dial, and toured regularly. During this period he was also a regular on the Coodabeen Champions and 3LO's Footy Forum.
Punter To Punter's popularity was such that in 1986 the team made the successful transition to commercial radio on Melbourne Rock icon, 3XY. Noting their success, the station was encouraged to start a football show in a similar vein, so enlisted Marmalade along with Grubby Stubbs and newcomer Elle McFeast for the Kick to Kick. With the folding of 3XY a couple of years later Stubb's departed for FOX-FM and the team continued on FOX until 1993.
In 1987 Trevor joined forces on the live scene with comedy buddies Russell Gilbert & Glenn Robbins to from The Bizarre Laugh Triangle which played extended seasons at The Comedy Room and the Last Laugh.
With the emergence of the Comedy Company, Trevor was engaged as a writer on the first series of the show and also appeared in a couple of sketches. This was followed by a stint at the ABC writing with Wendy Harmer on the second series of The Big Gig.
During this period Trevor directed The Worlds Worst Circus featuring Anthony Morgan, Greg Fleet, Tim Smith, Pete Rowsthorn, and Andrew Goodone at the Comedy Room. This lead to directional roles in a number of stage productions with permutations of this group combined with The Empty Pockets. These included Time Of The Signs, Pockets, Fleet & Rowsthorn, Ian, and Three Blokes & Their Jokes, which was award nominated at the Edinburgh Festival and Tony Martin & Mick Molloy in The Show With No Name. It was at this time that colleagues dubbed him The Joke Doctor.
The following year he directed the 20 episode series of Mark Mitchell's Larger Than Life for Channel 10, teamed with Rachel Berger for the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Jokes To Gag On, at the Comedy Cafe and performed a weekly radio spot on Neil Mitchell's drive time show on 3AW.
In 1991 Marmalade and Russell Gilbert were hired by Hey Hey Its Saturday as creative consultants. As Gilbert's role on camera expanded, Marmalade was called upon to produce the location sketches. After an international act became a last minute drop out, Marmalade was asked to fill in. Over the next three years he performed crosses and produced location packages from places as diverse as Tumut, Yamba, Lords and Rio Carnivale.