Anthony Albanese ‘rub-and-tug’ massage joke on Have You Been Paying Attention


He’s only had the job for two days, but Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is already copping heat from Australia’s most ruthless comedians.

The newly sworn-in PM, who is in Tokyo with other world leaders to discuss security issues in the Indo-Pacific, was the subject of a lewd joke on Monday’s episode of Have You Been Paying Attention?

Quizmaster Tom Gleisner showed footage of Mr Albanese leaving his house after winning the election on Saturday night, then asked the panel where he was going.

Better get used to it! He’s only had the job for two days, but Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured on May 21) is already copping heat from Australia’s most ruthless comedians 

Marty Sheargold was the first to hit the buzzer, saying: ‘The rub-and-tug, Tom?’

A ‘rub-and-tug’ is a slang term for an erotic massage parlour. 

This racy joke drew laughter from the other comedians, but Gleisner was quick to clarify it was not the correct answer.

Ed Kavalee eventually gave the right answer, saying Mr Albanese was leaving his home to celebrate his victory with Labor supporters at his local RSL.

Meanwhile, Mr Albanese has touched town in Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India.

Shots fired! The newly sworn-in PM was the subject of a brutal joke on Have You Been Paying Attention? on Monday. Quizmaster Tom Gleisner showed footage of Mr Albanese leaving his house after winning the election on Saturday night, then asked the panel where he was going

Shots fired! The newly sworn-in PM was the subject of a brutal joke on Have You Been Paying Attention? on Monday. Quizmaster Tom Gleisner showed footage of Mr Albanese leaving his house after winning the election on Saturday night, then asked the panel where he was going

In his first international trip, the new prime minister will meet with Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida and Narendra Modi on Tuesday as part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue to discuss security issues in the Indo-Pacific.

The leaders are set to discuss security concerns in the region, including the signing of a security pact between China and the Solomon Islands, as well as climate change, infrastructure needs and collaboration on disaster relief.

It comes as the Chinese foreign minister is due to touch down in Honiara later in the week to officially sign the agreement.

Joking: Marty Sheargold was the first to hit the buzzer, saying: 'The rub-and-tug, Tom?'

Joking: Marty Sheargold was the first to hit the buzzer, saying: ‘The rub-and-tug, Tom?’

Wrong! This racy joke drew laughter from the other comedians, but Gleisner was quick to clarify it was not the correct answer

Wrong! This racy joke drew laughter from the other comedians, but Gleisner was quick to clarify it was not the correct answer

The Quad is also set to unveil new maritime measures to curb illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific, including using satellite technology to track illegal fishers, according to the Financial Times.

President Biden met with Prime Minister Kishida on Monday where he unveiled the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, which includes a dozen initial partners making up 40 per cent of the world’s GDP.

Partners include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei.

Mr Albanese said the Quad dialogue would send a signal to the world that there was a new government in Australia.

Man on a mission: Mr Albanese has touched town in Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India

Man on a mission: Mr Albanese has touched town in Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India 

‘It’s a government that represents a change in the way we deal with the world on issues like climate change, but also a continuity in the way we have respect for democracy and the way that we value our friendships and long-time alliances,’ he told reporters in Canberra before he departed on Monday.

Mr Albanese will also hold individual bilateral talks with the leaders throughout Tuesday.

The prime minister is joined by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, with the pair being briefed by the head of the Office of National Intelligence and top officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs on the trip over.

Joint effort: The PM is joined by Foreign Minister Penny Wong (left), with the pair being briefed by the head of the Office of National Intelligence and top officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs on the trip over

Joint effort: The PM is joined by Foreign Minister Penny Wong (left), with the pair being briefed by the head of the Office of National Intelligence and top officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs on the trip over

Mr Albanese also had a 25-minute conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson while in the air on Monday.

The pair discussed ongoing support for the trilateral AUKUS agreement and climate change, with Mr Albanese describing the call as a ‘friendly and very positive discussion about our strong relationships between our two countries’.

Mr Albanese received a phone call from President Biden on Sunday night, which the prime minister said was ‘fruitful and productive’.

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