Sunrise stars take brutal swipe at Kochie live on-air: 'Say it again'

Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew didn't hold back.

Sunrise star David ‘Kochie’ Koch was upset on Thursday morning after his co-stars Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew roasted his terrible ‘dad joke’. The trio were discussing the non-profit Chengdu Research Base in China where giant pandas are bred and studied when Kochie thought of the perfect pun.

Edwina told the hosts that she has visited this particular panda base in Chengdu, adding that it was “one of the best things” she’s ever done. Rattling off all the activities you can do there, including holding pandas and watching the animals roll around, she said the experience was truly “amazing”.

Natalie Barr and David Koch at the Sunrise desk
Sunrise star Kochie tried to entertain Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew with a 'dad joke'. Photo: Seven

While Nat wanted to continue discussing how great the research facility looked, Kochie quickly interjected with his pun, saying that it looked like a “panda-monium” with so many pandas.

In a brutal move, both Edwina and Nat looked at Kochie with unimpressed faces and Nat opted to completely ignore his joke.


“We went to Beijing Zoo and it didn’t look as pretty as that did there,” Nat said, in an effort to take the attention off her co-host.

Kochie began to chuckle to himself to try and get his joke noticed by the two women, who told him they had heard what he said but were choosing to ignore him.

Edwina Bartholomew, Natalie Barr and Kochie at the Sunrise desk
Edwina and Nat enjoyed ribbing Kochie over his embarrassing joke. Photo: Seven

“It didn’t go over our heads Kochie, we’ve just heard the panda pun a thousand times,” Edwina declared. She then feigned surprise and pretended to enjoy his joke, saying: Oh panda-monium!”

“Panda… monium,” Kochie said, emphasising his joke with an extra long pause in the middle.


“You are so clever!” Edwina quipped sarcastically.

“No we got it, we just moved on really quickly…do you want us to just fake laugh?” Nat retorted.

An offended Kochie leaned back in his seat and looked annoyed by all the teasing. When Edwina and Nat pushed him to repeat his joke so they could pretend they enjoyed it, he swore and refused.

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