Related Story: Quiz! Like the Australian batsmen, O'Keeffe made a bright start. O'Keeffe speaks directly to the equally engaged man in the outer, while allowing the scandalised stats geeks and matrons to feel a little bit naughty. It amounts to an apology of a non-apology. O’Keefe is a former Australia Test leg-spinner. But on Tuesday the box burst out into laughter not because of one of his side-splitting jokes, it was because of how poorly his prediction played out. ''If I was 251 not out overnight I'd be sitting in the sheds smoking a Cuban cigar and negotiating a bat contract,'' he observed, belly audibly trembling. He had earlier spotted Michael Clarke walking to the nets. During a cricket test match commentary he told this crazy, crazy joke. Even one pregnant with the comedic possibilities of a crowd pretty (awful) in pink. It's Kerry O'Keeffe and, yes, he is as funny as he thinks he is. The man with the most distinctive laugh in the electronic media is both entertaining and provocative. “Apparently [Mayank Agarwal] got his triple-century against Jalandar Railways canteen staff,” O’Keeffe guffawed. Get the latest news, recommended reading and offers sent to your inbox. The worst piece of racist commentary I’ve ever seen. The first is met with a dismissive eye-roll. We shouldn’t be talking about Kerry O’Keeffe right now. The kitchen hand. “The joke was on me.”. Other commentators might conjure that allusion. he asked Bhogle, who had provided that description of the Indian Prime Minister. Maybe you had to be there. The Ranji Trophy comments stung the most. As the long-haired, goateed Ishant Sharma began his spell, O'Keeffe observed: ''If he appeared in a police line-up, you'd say Colombian drug runner.'' In isolation those chants from the Australian fans or jokes like O’Keeffe’s might not seem that harmful, but they all stem from the same root, of seeing those with different colour skin as somehow ‘other’. He wants to compare it to the ones back in India…coffee here’s better or the ones back home’”, while Kohli credited India’s “amazing” first-class cricket for their victory, each subtly suggesting that the actual quality-deficient competition is Australia’s Sheffield Shield. Kerry O'Keefe has left fans and fellow commentators in absolute stitches over the years with his trademark laugh and storytelling. Australia. Listen free to Kerry O'Keeffe – Unplugged (The Laugh, "A Rare Edition Of A Book" (Jim Maxwell) and more). Source: News Corp Australia. “He [Mayank] has got a message for Kerry,” said Shastri. And he certainly wasn’t joking. Virat Kohli Breaks VVS Laxman’s Record, Moves Second on List of Most International Runs by an Indian Against Australia. Two unanswerable questions are posed by those who dare approach the couch-bound correspondent during play: ''Who's winning?'' The cackle? Cackling O'Keeffe's as funny as he sounds. Sounds like still living in colonial era #BoxingDayTest #INDvsAUS - Dilipsinh Abda (@dilipsinhabda) 26 December 2018. In denigrating Agarwal’s triple-century without research into its actual worth, O’Keeffe’s words make lazy assumptions based on where someone is born more acceptable. Conversely, O'Keeffe has no self-consciousness and an endearing self-deprecation - as you might expect of a man who, like most leg-spinners, often suffered sunburn on the roof of the mouth watching the ball sail over his head. ''How can you tell an 'extrovert economist'?'' Quiz! Kerry O'Keeffe's vast knowledge forms the basis of an anecdote-spiced presentation sure to have you laughing your socks off one minute and searching within the next. “That interpretation is not who I am. For those unaware, O’Keeffe, a former Australia leg-spinner with a Test bowling average of 38, now a Fox Cricket commentator, courted controversy by poking fun at India’s first-class competition, the Ranji Trophy, stoked the fire with another joke about how hard Indian names are to pronounce on the fourth day, before issuing a statement after the conclusion of the Test. #AUSvIND - Manya (@CSKian716) 26 December 2018. Perhaps they too felt they were joking. Forums Other Sports Cricket Kerry O'Keefe on ch 7 - Comedy GOLD !! Fox Sports commentator Kerry O'Keeffe wrote an open letter on Fox Sports after being accused of racism for a series of on-air jokes. Supposedly, the great partnership of this Test was not Ponting and Clarke, but O'Keeffe and Indian colleague Harsha Bhogle. “‘When you do open your canteen, he wants to come and smell the coffee. By now the laughter had mostly stopped, but O’Keeffe carried on. Everyone has held ill-informed opinions and made jokes they should not have based on them. It is not what I represent…I was being entirely tongue in cheek.”. Not only are they symptoms of the wider malaise, they serve to increase it too. Mid-afternoon, O'Keeffe was forced to abandon his seat for the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who talked about the game in the determinedly earnest style that makes you think the cautious politician has not merely subsumed the ''Real Julia'', but eaten her alive. But devoted ABC listeners have long pondered whether a man equally capable of lightening the earnest mood in the commentary box with sophisticated word play or a fart joke, is genuinely funny. Kerry O'Keefe said the Indian domestic system has teams like "Canteen XI" where the bowlers are Chefs and Waiters. Part Bond villain, part drunken uncle at Christmas lunch. During this Test, a group of Australian fans were ejected for making racist chants, shouting “Show us your visa” at the Indian fielders. Kerry O’Keeffe Pens Apology Letter to Indian Fans & Players One of the most popular cricket voices in the country, O’Keeffe retired from the commentary box after he left ABC in 2013. If Jimmy Anderson finishes playing cricket and they make him do England Women to get his stripes, it will be the biggest crying shame in the world, South Africa-England combined T20I team selector, England Test team of the 1990s team selector. O'Keefe is a buffoon. Strong competition providing an excellent breeding ground for test cricket. O'Keeffe is quirky, unique, infectious (in a good way) and - as that cackle betrays - as often amused as amusing. The 24-Test leg-spinner is famous for his tongue-in-cheek humour during his commentary career which began on ABC Grandstand. Such is life, and such is Australian cricket. As it proved unfair to judge Ricky Ponting's current capabilities on the strength of recent failures, it would be unfair to judge O'Keeffe's successful broadcasting career on the strength of a day's play. Kerry O'Keefe entertained the crowd at Gulgong RSL Club on Saturday night at the Gulgong Terriers Sportsman Dinner.  Kerry regaled the audience with stories from his life experiences and laughter filled the room as this legend of cricket and commentary entertained all in attendance.  Kerry's cricket career commenced in 1961 and concluded in 1981; throughout his … He was known for his humorous anecdotes, told in the manner of an after dinner speech at a cricketers club, and his distinctive laugh. Archived. Kerry O'Keefe, Harsha Bhogle, and the Naga Chilli - ABC Grandstand [Audio] ... That laugh is completely infectious. Insert iconic Kerry O’Keefe laugh here. u/KingKrapp. Classic casual racism, b. Disgracefully inaccurate. Kerry o’keefe, Lord snooty!! He, and his fellow commentators, wouldn’t find it funny if they didn’t believe on some level that Indian first-class cricket was worthy of ridicule. Because while it’s clear that O’Keeffe was making a joke, it’s also clear, especially from his last line, when the joke is all but over, that it’s a jibe with a basis in what O’Keeffe views as reality. 31. Pretty sure this will be the last commentary stint for O’Keefe. 23 tracks (58:20). The second, Kerry O'Keeffe's trademark laugh, is the subject of as much earnest debate among the cricket cognoscente as whether Victor Trumper strapped on his left or right pad first. Raheem Sterling exposed how the media’s differing treatment of sports stars based on the colour of their skin encourages fans to do the same. Good enough to endure the five-second delay between radio commentary and TV pictures (I am yet to engage the necessary digital gadgetry to put word and action in sync). This actually happened. However, reportedly, O'Keeffe was in rare form. Refreshing to have a celebrity point the finger at himself, laugh and share his cricketing experiences with others.” It should be remembered that Skull did open the batting for his country in the famous Centenary test in 1977; he did take 53 test scalps; and he can boast a top score of 85. In fact, O’Keeffe is laying the blame squarely on those interpreting, those Indian fans whose reaction he claims to be “devastated by”. Far from absolving him of the wrongs of his jokes, Kerry O’Keeffe’s open letter exacerbates them. The answers: Just to shut you up, Australia are ''winning''. Kerry O'Keeffe's vast knowledge forms the basis of an anecdote-spiced presentation sure to have you laughing your socks off one minute and searching within the next. Tickled pink … Kerry O'Keeffe has carved a niche in the radio commentary game with his rare ability to amuse people from all walks of life. 7 years ago. However, despite the fact that his 76-run innings got him a place in the record books, Australian commentator Kerry O’Keefe found a reason to ridicule him on television. He would still have been wrong – Agarwal’s triple-century came in the unarguably high-quality Group A of the Ranji Trophy, while the fact that Agarwal outscored the Australian top three by himself, and that India have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a game to play should be evidence enough of the strength of their domestic cricket – but he could at least have looked himself in the eye. Sporting Legends Kerry O’Keefe’s observational humour and distinctive laugh has turned him into a cult figure, so much so that according to Kerry, people approach him in the street and want laughter on cue. Some might feel the mis-step minor, and the lack of apology forgivable. There is shame in it, but in owing up to it, or in the very least owning it, there is also a chance for redemption. The chef. With the famous annual Boxing Day Cricket test match in full swing I thought you would enjoy this excerpt from Kerry O’Keefe who is THE funniest sport’s commentator you are ever likely to hear. O'Keeffe's routine would be flatter than a sumo's mattress if he did not have a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, the game. Uproarious laughter from O'Keeffe, despite Bhogle's request for an explanation. Fox Cricket commentator Kerry O’Keeffe has penned an open letter of apology to Indian cricket fans after receiving a heated reaction to a joke made between overs on day one in Melbourne. The focus should be on India, on whether Jasprit Bumrah could be, or already is, the world’s best fast bowler, and on what could possibly stop them securing the first-ever Test series win in Australia by an Asian side. How well do you remember the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy? Check out a few tweets below. If, for example, he could not discern that Ben Hilfenhaus had ''shaped for the outswinger and bowled the off-cutter'' to clean up Rahul Dravid. Either incapable of being honest with himself, or capable of deliberately misleading the fans he claims to serve, O’Keeffe has shown himself as unworthy of being a commentator. It is also a complete lie, or at least some version of elite honesty. But nothing happens in a vacuum, especially in Australia, where cricketers and ex-cricketers are placed on a pedestal, and where immigration panic is at a premium. “Some of those first-class games in India don’t stand up, do they?” Ravi Shastri’s and Virat Kohli’s replies were cool. That laugh.No ode to the commentary of Kerry O’Keeffe’s could fail to mention that damned laugh. Batsmen with 50-plus scores in D/N Tests. It’s not an easy thing to do, to come to terms with our own failings, and O’Keeffe does deserve a small amount of credit for his apology for the ‘Cheteshwar Jadeja’ mix-up. Still, with Clarke on 299 and the crowd hushed, the inner-schoolboy took control: ''I think he should go ramp shot … how good would that be?'' The consequences, however, seemed far more hilarious for the spectators near the ABC box whose audible laughter gave the broadcast the feel of a cricketing Goon Show, than for the listeners. Kohli and Shastri both hit back at O’Keeffe’s comments. Kerry O'Keefe said the Indian domestic system has teams like "Canteen XI" where the bowlers are Chefs and Waiters. Posted by. The announcement was made yesterday – day two of the fourth MCG test. In August, Australian senator Fraser Anning, called for a “final solution to the immigration problem” and to end “all further Muslim immigration”. and ''What's that high-pitched cackle?''. That diatribe on the #RanjiTrophy competition was a. But O'Keeffe is one of the few who would dare say it. Racism will not go unnoticed by officials. Client Testimonials Discussion in 'Cricket' started by OVP, Jul ... the photo of Squires, O'Keefe and MacGill with a little button on it that replays O'Keefe's laugh over and over was true comedy gold. pic.twitter.com/UPUiCpUgJe, — Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) December 29, 2018. But if that routine did not scale comedic heights, O'Keeffe remains a welcome counterpoint to the pomposity of some cricket commentary and writing, which plays to the pretension of the game's conservatives. Mark Waugh also said "his average in India is 50 which is like 40 in Australia" — 1 Tip 1 Hand (Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast) (@1tip1hand) December 26, 2018 Was trying to undermine Mayank's domestic record. Was trying to undermine Mayank's domestic record. Cricket commentator Kerry O’Keefe has announced his retirement from ABC grandstand. Tickled pink … Kerry O'Keeffe has carved a niche in the radio commentary game with his rare ability to amuse people from all walks of life.Credit:Brendan Esposito. Instead, he tried to convince everyone that they didn’t hear what they heard, the condescension behind the joke. United before lunch, the switch was flicked to vaudeville when Bhogle dared O'Keeffe to eat a hot chilli. Shameful bunch. O’Keefe is a buffoon. The second, Kerry O'Keeffe's trademark laugh, is the subject of as much earnest debate among the cricket cognoscente as whether Victor Trumper strapped on his left or right pad first. And they’ve got the spinner as well, the casual uni student.”, Here’s Kerry O’Keefe ridiculing standard of #RanjiTrophy for a cheap laugh. The pair were cricketing yin and yang in alternate half-hour stints. Adelaide Barmies (@AdelaideBarmies) December 26, 2018. I thought we’d got rid of this rubbish with 9 losing the gig. ''He's looking at your shoes too!'' The man with the controversial laugh and sense of humour is another casualty of the series, with English finger-spinner Graham Swann announcing his retirement after the third test. “When the moment arrived, I stuffed it up,” he said. Had he doubled down, pointed out the run inflation that some feel exists in Indian domestic cricket perhaps, as Mark Waugh did, while acknowledging that he shouldn’t have called into question the professionalism of the players in the competition, he would have kept some his professional integrity. Commentating doyen Jim Maxwell remains a reliable sidekick, even trumping O'Keeffe yesterday with the line of the day (borrowed from Twitter) upon Australia's declaration: ''It's not the first time Michael Clarke has given up chasing Lara.''. Despite his lighthearted attack of Wade, O’Keefe did praise the work the 28-year-old has put in, in his time away from the Australian set up. Seemingly small statements, especially when made to vast audiences from platforms such as O’Keeffe’s help entrench misguided prejudices and lead to bigger consequences. Instead, a 69-year-old’s relentless desire to insult the tourists is diverting attention away from the action. Worse still, without retribution, he has paved the way for others to follow him down his prejudiced path. “I am coming to terms with how negatively those words have been interpreted,” he wrote in an open letter on Fox Sports. So, inevitably, with India facing a massive deficit and O'Keeffe cackling in the background, those two usual questions were posed. If you enjoyed this story, please share with your fellow cricket fans and team-mates. Guffaw guffaw. Kerry O'Keefe, Harsha Bhogle, and the Naga Chilli - ABC Grandstand [Audio] Close. Kerry had the audience in stitches with his anecdotes. How did the BBL's first use of the X-factor go? @cricketcomau @bhogleharsha #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Kuzm63t3m8, — Hiren patel (@Hirensyd) December 26, 2018. However, when he concentrated on the game he showed insight born of a career at the highest level together … REMEMBER the time Kerry O’Keeffe took 3-42 against Pakistan with a blood alcohol concentration of .258? You may not laugh at the joke but I deny anyone to not laugh at his laughter! But in failing to acknowledge the intention behind his joke on the first day, in citing his Indian friend – “I have worked alongside my dear friend and colleague Harsha Bhogle for almost 25 years” – as if this somehow makes him unable of being prejudiced, O’Keeffe made his error far worse. He especially seemed to enjoy working with overseas commentators such as India's Harsha Bhogle whom he enjoyed confusing with his colourful Australian language. Kerry O’Keefe. First change? The man with the most distinctive laugh in the electronic media is both entertaining and provocative. His open letter does nothing to dispel this and makes it apparent that he thinks that the opinion you’re expressing doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing it behind the veil of a joke. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. Kerry O'Keefe said the Indian domestic system has teams like "Canteen XI" where the bowlers are Chefs and Waiters. Call 0055-youvebeenrippedoff :lol::lol::lol: OVP, Jul 13, 2005 During the tense moments before Clarke's triple century, O'Keeffe provided some excellent insight into the captain's refreshed state of mind. Was trying to undermine Mayank's domestic record. And there certainly are greater injustices. Kerry O'Keefe on ch 7 - Comedy GOLD !! As easily as he can, for no apparent reason, recite the cast of an ancient TV show. “Who opened the bowling for them that day? 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