Red Symons

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Red Symons in 2011

Red Symons (born 13 June 1949) is an Australian musician, writer, and radio host, probably best known as the snide judge of "Red Faces", of the long-running Hey Hey It's Saturday variety television show.

Attributed quotes

  • They say familiarity breeds contempt but I hardly know you.
  • Winning isn't everything, but losing is nothing.
  • Opportunity only knocks once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
  • No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Laughter is the only tranquillizer with no side effects.
  • Friends are the family you can pick.
  • The best way to save money is not to lose it.

Red Faces


"Millions of people across Australia recognise me as the only honest man in television"

"Ever stop and think what kind of person watches on a Saturday night 6:30-8:30? A very sad and lonely bunch... and you did that to them"

"Three quarters of a million people just changed the channel to, for the first time in their lives, Lebanese people are learning to speak Italian on SBS and you wonder why the state of the country is as it is"

"You're a butcher at Subway, and I'm a butcher on television"

"That was tasteless and vulgar, pretty much everything this show stands for"

"You came here hoping to make your mark and all you really left was a nasty stain"

"That's more like it, is it? That's the kind of act we're used to on Red Faces, absolute rubbish! you really are a moron aren't you?"

"If I found you floating face down in my pool I'd punish my dog!"

"You were talking about the auditions before, can you imagine what the other guys at this guy's audition must have been like?... to lose"

"You're not very good aren't you?"

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