Yesterday marked 19 years since Kath & Kim first entered our lives and made them worth living.
Such an occasion deserves to be celebrated with a box of shapes, a bottle of Baileys and some noice, different, unusual facts about the foxy series that you may not know.
So crack open the Tia Maria and have a geeze at these 19 facts to celebrate 19 tizzy years.
1. Purveyor of Fine Meats wasn’t the only award-winner
Kel may have reached celebrity status and scored invites to oodles of tizzy events like the Gloria Jeans opening after his award win, but the series itself also cleaned up in the award department. Throughout its run, Kath & Kim won a total of six awards, including three AFI awards and three Logie awards.
2. Prue and Trude are based off actual people
According to IMDB, the greash gals known as Prue and Trude are based off two actual employees from the Minimax store in Camberwell. Both of the women still work there, apparently, and I wonder if either of them have run a colour through that grey yet. I mean, what has she come as?
3. Kath & Kim gave the term ‘Muffin top’ tickets across the globe
Although Kath & Kim did not coin the term ‘muffin top’, it did make it balloowun out on all sides in the early noughties and it hasn’t really gone away since, now has it? Even with a bit of electronic wobbling.
4. Magda Szubanski and Jane Turner / Gina Riley got up each other’s goats at the start
Did the sparring between Sharon and her second best friend Kim seem a little too real? Well that’s because apparently they did not get along well at first, nor did Magda and Jane.
“I hated her on sight,” Szubanski said about Riley in 2015. “The dislike was mutual. I thought she was a crass show-off and she thought I was a stuck-up snob. We were both right.
“When we finally overcame our pride and prejudice a year later when I moved in with a mutual friend, Gina and I completely fell in love over the phone when she would ring to speak to him and get stuck talking to me.”
Szubanski first met Turner on The D-Generation and said she initially felt threatened by her, apparently.
“Jane and I can be a little oil and water. We both love one another’s work but we don’t always mesh well,” Szubanski said. “Jane has a completely different rhythm from me as if one of us is doing a foxtrot, while the other is trying to samba. Luckily, we are deeply fond of each other and are capable of making each other cry with laughter.”
5. Kel Knight almost got the horror movie treatment
This one isn’t Kath & Kim related, per se, but as a die-hard fan, I certainly found it interesting that Glen Robbins (a.k.a. Kel Knight) almost played the villain in Wolf Creek.
Can you imagine the great hunk o’ spunk himself playing the terrifying fictional serial killer? I shudder at the thought.
6. Kath’s lewks were purchased from op-shops
In the episode Environment, Kath Day-Knight is shown to be an eco-friendly queen so it stands to reason that her clothes should be sustainable, right?
Costume designer Kitty Stuckey told Sydney Morning Herald in 2003 that style nazi Kath’s wardrobe is all “definitely second-hand” (aside from the personalised tote, I’m sure).
“I go to Savers stores for them … She likes her jewellery to match her shoes and thinks of dressing as ‘teaming with a theme’.”
7. Kim’s lewks, however, are as shiny and new as mouth bling
“My idea, especially with Kim, is that I like to dress her in what is available in the malls at the moment,” Stuckey added.
“So I shop in the ‘cheap and cheerful’ women’s type shops and get the worst of that end of the fashion.
8. The lewks are Kylie Minogue inspired (a.k.a. the IRL Epponnee)
Stuckey continued, “Basically, it’s like any girl who’s reading the women’s magazines and seeing what Kylie Minogue is wearing and aiming for that, but not quite making it, as many aren’t — there’s a million Kims walking around shopping malls!”
9. The theme song is from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd
The catchy theme song is called The Joker and it’s from a musical called The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd.
I’m sure you already know this, but it’s sung by Gina Riley who has “had classical training for years, but I am no classical singer,” she told The Australian.
“It was good grounding in understanding your voice and breathing. I’ve done a few musicals; I love to have a bit of a sing.”
10. All the eps were written at Jane’s home
Gina once revealed that all the episodes were written at Jane’s comfy abode because apparently an office setting was too OTT for them (and for Barb).
“We tried to have an office once, but we just couldn’t do it,” she told The Herald Sun. “There was no food on tap; we have to be in domestic surrounds, I think.”
They foxy ladies would often find themselves distracted while writing, so they opted for a different setting.
“I’ll go, ‘Do you want a coffee?’ Or ‘What about lunch? It’s 10.30am. Let’s have lunch’.”
“Yes, I think our record for lunch once was 10am,” Riley said.
11. Oh bum! They’ve accidentally deleted entire episodes before
While speaking to the Herald Sun, Gina revealed that their characters aren’t the only ones who are clumsy.
“We have deleted whole episodes by mistake, too,” she said. “We’ve done that twice. We weren’t able to get them back, so we had to rewrite them straightaway so we wouldn’t forget. It always happens just before school pick-up as well.”
Can you imagine what woulda happened after the second time?
“Ohhhh jingies! Here we go again, peoples. Go get the boomerang pillow from upstairs! Throw the wheat-bag in the microwave! Tout suite!”
12. The first incarnation of Kath & Kim was canned
The characters were first created for a sketch comedy show called Big Girl’s Blouse, and following the positive reaction, they decided to spin it into a TV series for ABC but sadly, just three days before production was set to kick off, ABC pretty much said: “you can get stuffed, the pair of yas.”
“We had this phone call saying they had decided not to go ahead with Kath & Kim and we were like, ‘What? … Anyway, Gina, what were we saying about this script?’ We just kept going. We were too far down the track and had such faith in it,” Jane told The Herald Sun.
The called ABC back and ultimately got the bloody oafs to change their mind.
13. There’s a U.S. version of Kath & Kim
Look, I debated whether or not to put this one on the list because it’s so bloody obvious (and so bloody heinous), but I figured that some fewls out there might not be aware.
So basically the tl;dr version is that NBC got wind of the beloved Aussie series back in 2008 and crafted their own version featuring the same name, the same concept and the same slang and terminology as our Kath & Kim but, of course, it was an epic disaster.
Read more about it here.
14. The ‘Wine Time’ epilogues are totally improvised
While most of the episodes are written by the gals ahead of time, the ‘Wine Time’ scenes at the end are totally improvised on the spot using ‘yumour.
15. Jane Turner (Kath) is only five months older then Gina Riley (Kim)
Despite the fact that Kath plays the matriarch of the family, the actress is actually five months older than the actress who plays her daughter, Kim. Must be the chooky neck (kidding, she’s a stunning queen and I’d literally die for her).
16. Russell Gilbert was considered for the role of Brett Craig
I can’t imagine anyone other than Peter Rowsthorn playing pants man Brett, but apparently Aussie comedian Russell Gilbert almost nabbed the role.
17. Kim’s wedding dress in Kath & Kimderella has a royal origin
The wedding dress Kim dons when she marries Prince Julio in the film is based on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress when she married Prince William in 2011.
18. In recent years, the show’s been labelled “problematic”
Recent critics have called out the show for being “problematic,” claiming that it “mocked Westies.”
“A newspaper critic had criticised us for mocking Westies, which I don’t think we did,” Jane Turner told TV Week.
Her defence? They were using ‘yumour.
“We [the characters] were more middle-class than that. We weren’t bogans who wore moccasins and were scungy,” she said.
Jane added that many ‘Westies’ were in fact huge fans of the show and ditto myself, as a Westie.
“A lot of people wrote to the paper saying, ‘Well, we’re from the western suburbs and we love it,’” she concluded.
19. The cast is down for a revival, but it’s doubtful
While speaking to PEDESTRIAN.TV about her epic UberEats ad with Kim Kardashian, Magda said although she’s totally keen to reprise her role, she doubts it’ll ever happen (again).
“My gut feeling is that we have kind of exhausted everything,” she told us. “If there was a brilliant idea, of course I’d be up for it – I’m not saying no, but I don’t think anyone has the appetite for doing it at the moment. I think we all know that we don’t want to mess with it.”
Kath & Kim is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix.
Matty Galea is the Entertainment Editor at Pedestrian who also dabbles in woo-woo stuff like astrology and crystals and has been penning horoscopes since the start of his career. He also Tweets about pop culture and astrology and posts spicy content on Instagram.