Hey Hey It’s Saturday legend Phil Lambert dies at age 71 


Hey Hey It’s Saturday legend dies aged 71 – after five decades working for Nine

Television legend Phil Lambert has died. 

Lambert, who is best remembered as Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s floor manager ‘Lucky Phil’, passed away over the weekend at the age of 71, his family has confirmed. 

No cause of death has been revealed.

Vale: Hey Hey It’s Saturday floor manager Phil Lambert has died at the age of 71. Pictured on Hey Hey It’s Saturday with Ossie the Ostrich 

Lambert worked at Channel Nine’s GTV Melbourne studios for five decades, and was the station’s longest-serving employee before his retirement in 2019. 

He worked behind the scenes on many programs at Nine, primarily within the camera and staging departments.

Lambert became an ‘accidental’ star in the 1970s thanks to his appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, a sketch show known for breaking the fourth wall with improvisational-style comedy. 

Long career: Lambert worked at Channel Nine's GTV Melbourne studios for five decades, and was the station's longest-serving employee before his retirement in 2019

Long career: Lambert worked at Channel Nine’s GTV Melbourne studios for five decades, and was the station’s longest-serving employee before his retirement in 2019

Lambert joined the show as a floor manager, but ended up becoming a de facto cast member after being featured in regular on-screen segments.

His stage name ‘Lucky Phil’ was inspired by a drink-driving campaign at the time.

Lambert rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Australian television during his tenure at Nine, including Eddie McGuire, Peter Hitchener, Bert Newton and Daryl Somers, the host of Hey Hey It’s Saturday. 

Role: Lambert became an 'accidental' star in the '70s thanks to his appearances on Hey Hey It's Saturday, a sketch show known for breaking the fourth wall with improvisational-style comedy

Role: Lambert became an ‘accidental’ star in the ’70s thanks to his appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, a sketch show known for breaking the fourth wall with improvisational-style comedy

Sketch comedy: He joined the show as a floor manager, but ended up becoming a de facto cast member after being featured in regular on-screen segments

Sketch comedy: He joined the show as a floor manager, but ended up becoming a de facto cast member after being featured in regular on-screen segments

He worked in the camera department on The Footy Show, Channel Nine Cricket, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Hole in the Wall. 

He also served as camera operator for several Logie Awards ceremonies.  

Lambert’s death comes after former Home and Away actor Dieter Brummer died in Sydney over the weekend at the age of 45.  

Crew: Lambert worked in the camera department on The Footy Show, Channel Nine Cricket, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Hole in the Wall

Crew: Lambert worked in the camera department on The Footy Show, Channel Nine Cricket, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Hole in the Wall

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