Author(s): Paul Livingston
Under the guise of his alter ego Flacco, Paul Livingston basked in the reflected glory of Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler and their anarchic comedy incarnation the Doug Anthony All Stars throughout the heady years of the late 80's and into the early 90's. Flacco and Paul now find themselves wrenched out of comfortable obscure retirement and treading the boards once more with Timothy Ferguson and Paul McDermott, two of the original members of D.A.A.S., on a sell-out reunion tour that the Sydney Morning Herald last year announced as the most important comedy event since 1995. D.A.A.S. fans old and new have flocked to see the shows and DAAS - Their Part in my Downfall documents the horror, the glory, the egos and the strife of life on the road, then and now. At their peak D.A.A.S teetered on greatness, and Paul teetered with them, until that teeter was sabotaged by an illness known primarily by its initials, M.S., Multiple Sclerosis. But M.S. has proved no match for Timothy Ferguson, who refuses to take sitting down lying down...As a fly on the pungent walls of D.A.A.S. dressing rooms across the globe, Paul and Flacco have kept tabs and probed the depths and the shallows of these men. All is revealed in this tell-all account of their rise, disappearance and rebirth, along with interviews with their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers, as well as the legion of Australian comedians influenced by early D.A.A.S. As the bad old men of Australian comedy go back to where it all began in 1989, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, can they recapture the magic? Will Hollywood still be waiting? Will anyone remember them?..'There is...a ruthless tenderness about the Doug Anthony All Stars that makes them more scathingly funny than ever.' Libbi Gorr..'I am laughing at death. Laughing at the loss of my parents. Laughing at all my weaknesses and dumb mistakes. I resolve to phone my sister with whom I've been estranged. I privately forgive my ex. I wipe away tears. It's not fair. Comedy isn't supposed to get to these places. But they are DAAS. More than comics. Less than gods. Hmph. I hate them more than ever. But I will see them again'. Zac Berger
Paul Livingston (born 1956), popularly known as his alter ego Flacco, is an Australian comedian who has regularly appeared on many television shows, predominantly on ABC TV and Network Ten, including Good News Week, The Sandman and Flacco Special, The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital, The Money or the Gun, The Fat and The Sideshow. He also was on Triple J Breakfast from 1994 to 1997, Doom Runners (1997), and is on ABC Radio National. He has also acted on stage and in film. He was joint winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in 1996 for outstanding achievement in the performing arts in Australia. He is the author of Absent Without Leave: The Private War of Private Stanley Livingston...Livingston also wrote the play Emma's Nose about the relationship of Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Fliess and their patient Emma Eckstein. Livingston has toured Australia and internationally and appeared at festivals in Edinburgh and Montreal. In 2014, he replaced Richard Fidler as the guitarist in the reformed Doug Anthony All Stars, and toured with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott.