Tag: Chris Lilley

Here Come the Habibs Again

Yesterday, TV Tonight reported that Channel 9 sitcom Here Come the Habibs, now two-thirds the way through its first series has been renewed: Nine has renewed its new sitcom Here Come the Habibs! for a second series. The series launched to 1.25m in overnight metro viewers, although Nine cites almost 3 million nationally including repeats... Read More »

Footsteps on the Dancefloor

Remember the days when any news about Chris Lilley was, well, news? The Huffington Post sure does: Chris Lilley has 4 new characters, including a rapping tortoise, and it's weirder than usual http://t.co/DOfCuKwNzt pic.twitter.com/p6hL3giFkR — HuffPost Australia (@HuffPostAU) October 16, 2015 Only one favourite? Aww. Having watched the clip in question, pretty much all we... Read More »

Rebel Sports

When we heard (thanks sdf) that Rebel Wilson was on an American scriptwriting podcast talking about Australia’s dreaded “Tall Poppy Syndrome”, well… you knew we couldn’t stay away. The good stuff in Scriptnotes episode 182; The One with Dan Savage and Rebel Wilson starts around the 39 and a half minute mark, and when you... Read More »

Viral Prankster Plays Prank, Australian Media Eats It Up.

One of the things that frustrates us about the current media – in all its forms – is that there’s not enough following up. Politicians make crazy claims about their future plans, newspapers print them, and then ten years later someone looks around and goes “oh, they never did build that billion-dollar scheme, did they?”... Read More »

For f***’s sake!

Yesterday came the news that the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s new Director Barry Humphries wants to ban performers from saying “fuck” next... Read More »

There Just Aren’t Enough Grains of Salt Out There

News! Well, for internet values of “news”: Australian cult comedy blogger David Thorne has confirmed new forays into TV, with an eight-part HBO series and a one-off snowboarding mockumentary with Chris Lilley. Hmm, guess that answers those “what will Chris Lilley do now that his career is over” questions. Let’s read on. The Lilley project... Read More »

Vale Jonah from Tonga pt 2: On the Screen

Jonah from Tonga marked a big step forward in Chris Lilley’s career: it was the first time in living memory he gave characters not played by himself serious air time. Ok, by “serious air time” we mean “an occasional solo moment”, but by Lilley’s standards that was massive. One of our biggest complaints against Lilley’s... Read More »

Vale Jonah from Tonga pt 1: Behind the Scenes

Was there ever a television series more utterly unnecessary than Jonah from Tonga? Even in the darkest days of Ja’mie: Private School Girl at least we knew that Ja’mie was always going to cruise through life, an eternal and unchanging sitcom character where what little laughs there were came from dropping her in different situations.... Read More »

Jonah Week 5: Caged Heat

Oh look, it’s the episode of Jonah where Chris Lilley reuses all the “Gran” stuff from Angry Boys rather than reusing the “Jonah” stuff from Summer Heights High. A few years ago Lilley opening an episode with two non-Lilley characters talking to camera for an extended period would have been hailed by us as a... Read More »

Jonah Week 4: The Sound of Silence

Hey, where’d everybody go? Two weeks ago we could pad these reviews out with loads of quotes from various articles denouncing Jonah as racist tripe or praising it as cutting edge comedy from Australia’s favourite satirist, and now… nothing. What gives? Oh, that’s right: Chris Lilley’s career is over. Actually, it was over a couple... Read More »

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