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Australia's Beavis and Butthead: Damo and Darren


By Sam de Brito

Online sensation: Damo and Darren, the titular stars of a new YouTube viral hit animation.

Online sensation: Damo and Darren, the titular stars of a new YouTube viral hit animation. Photo: Michael Cusack

A hilariously obscene animation offering "disturbingly accurate" social commentary about Aussie men has become a YouTube sensation, racking up a global viewership comparable to the TV audience for football grand finals.

Episode 1 of Damo and Darren has clocked more than 2.7 million views since it was uploaded in February, despite – or probably because of – its almost documentary-exact use of profanity.

Can you like, for one second, not be a f---wit? 


The brainchild of Melbourne animator Michael Cusack, his cartoon conversation between two unemployed bogans on a train platform has prompted dozens of commentors to ask if it was inspired by their suburb, while bamboozling foreign veiwers with its almost impenetrable Aussie accents.

Forerunners: MTV's Beavis and Butthead.

Forerunners: MTV's Beavis and Butthead.

"Oi, Damo you c--- give us your lighter," is the film's opening line. It goes on to portray an argument between the titular characters, spawning several remixes as well as introducing the term "ciggie-butt-brain" to the Aussie lexicon.

Cusack, 23, who grew up in Wollongong and used Dapto train station as the basis for the animation and audio, says he's been surprised and delighted by the reaction to the clip.

"When I first uploaded it, it was late at night, so it was daytime in the US and the comments were pretty negative, people saying 'what the hell is this?' and 'it's not even funny'," Cusack says.

"Then when it got to daytime here and Australians were awake, it started gettting positive comments."

The animation has almost 4500 comments and a Facebook page with more than 40,000 likes, as well as a thriving sideline in merchandise.

Cusack says he did not set out to make a statement about a certain type of man he describes as "part derro, part yobbo, part bogan". He says Damo and Darren were "subconscious influences from going to Woolies to get milk and bread and waiting in line and observing".

One doesn't have to strain too hard to imagine the gentlemen who inspired this exchange from the short:

DAMO: If you want a lighter, why don't you just go to the servo and get one?

DARREN: Because you dopey c---, I just spent all me Centrelink on Samantha's child support, didn't I?

DAMON: That's got nuffin to do with me.

DARREN: I don't believe it. Un-f---en-believable. After all the shit we've been through. So f---in' typical of you though, eh? F---in' stingy c---.

Though Cusack has made a little money from Damo and Darren and his other big hit animation YOLO (4.6 million views), he says the time it takes to produce the films –  two weeks for an episode of Damo and Darren, four weeks for YOLO –  means he won't be buying a yacht any time soon.

Cusack says he voices the characters first, starting with a rouch script, ad-libbing at times, then picks the good lines before animating his characters using Flash and Photoshop for the backgrounds. Though only a "newbie" to animating –  having started just two years ago, he says he's been "animating in spirit for longer".

"I've been drawing all my life. I did no work at school, just drawings, flip books, that sort of stuff," he says.

The animation style of Damo and Darren has drawn comparisons to the MTV mega-hit of the '90s, Beavis and Butt-Head a comparison Cusack says he finds "flattering".

While his father, Peter, a former Victorian police officer is hoping his son's talents reach that large an audience, Cusack  says he's just trying to find a job in hospitality so "I can get on top of my rent and rego".

You can see Damo and Darren on YouTube here. Please be aware it contains offensive language.

You can follow Sam on Twitter here. His email address is here.

25 comments so far

  • 'three word slogans' anyone?

    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 12:50PM
    • For anyone that is overseas please realize this is just the low people of Australia. Majority are far above this so please don't assume we are all like this because we are not. Yes it's funny but now the world thinks we are like this when far from it.

      The Otherguy1
      Date and time
      April 26, 2014, 7:18AM
  • Is the Abbotts of the world making them, or are they putting the Abbotts of the world in power?

    Gawd luv it...
    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 1:32PM
    • Absolutely. The damos and Darren's if they do vote, do as they're told by the tele, which they steal from maccas.
      They believe in a British monarchy rather than an Aussie as head of state, preferring a foreign elite than a local one.
      Though marginalised by the lasseiz faire policies of the lnp, is something they believe in. The alp being less extreme they consider them to have betrayed the lower and working classes.

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 2:16PM
    • Tadd....some do end up living in the North-Shore if their on the side business takes off..this is why the libs do so well in those sorts of areas.....then they join the pollie parties and raise money for them...lobbying to buy privatised assets and get taxpayer funds so they can become CEO and chairman turning up for work a few hours a year getting a few million.....

      it's the truth
      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 4:17PM
    • Tadd: how did you pull together such off-topic diatribe from this?

      Fred Negro fan
      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 9:30PM
  • Meh...more chattering class mockery of the white working class.... the bedrock of post Quantock/Gillies Australian "comedy"....yawn.

    Iggy Capalta
    Hur hur hur Frankston lol
    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 1:33PM
    • WORKING class???

      LOL... never worked a day in their lives.

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 2:40PM
    • Agree. I guess it's cheaper than going to Bali and living in a villa for a week to feel a little superior?

      Date and time
      April 25, 2014, 5:55PM
  • Its just an animated Housos

    Date and time
    April 25, 2014, 2:46PM

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