TV Critics

It’s Political Correctness Gone Mad!!

It's been a grim few days for comedy in Australia. Okay, it's been a grim few years. But this last week has been especially bad for those who think that comedy is an area best left up to... Read More »

Why We Fight II: In Which We See Enemies All Around Us

In today's Age (Saturday July 2nd), TV columnist Ben Pobjie puts forward an argument no-one in their right mind would disagree with. So here... Read More »

Up Next: Media Watch Covers The Same Old Crap Yet Again

No sooner did we dump our latest load of Chris Lilley snark on an unsuspecting internet – seriously folks, GRAN HAZ ALZHEIMER I’M GOING TO CREY – then The Age‘s Green Guide came out with their “50 Things We Like About TV” list and… well, you can probably guess the rest. So now, the rest:... Read More »

Comedy = Tragedy + A Cheap Wig

Let’s do a little basic math. The average episode length for an Australian comedy series – on the ABC at least – is six episodes. Once or twice a year there’ll be an eight-episode series, but that’s it. So if you were making a television series, you’d want your intentions (and the level of quality)... Read More »

Hating Angry Boys: A Beginner’s Guide

With Angry Boys debuting in the UK this week, the usual gushing waves of praise re: the genius of Chris Lilley have broken on a new shore. In Australia too, the fans have been fighting back against the dwindling ratings and general feel that this time out Lilley's gone off the... Read More »

Divide and Stoop to Conquer

Okay, so over at The Age this just happened: throughout Angry Boys the language is appalling, family interaction is wholly dysfunctional and there are repeated references to all manner of sexual deviations – dog-wanking and grandma-groping chief among them. If this is comedic genius, Rodney Rude and Kevin ”Bloody” Wilson deserve lifetime achievement awards. The... Read More »

Dad ‘n Dave

Half way through an Age article penned decrying the latest wave of internet dumbassedry, Melbourne comedy stalwart Dave O'Neil talks of breaking his leg trying to jump Ian "Dicko" Dickson on a BMX bike for his Vega radio show. "It was entertainment," he writes, "But was it really?" Gee Dave, if you weren't sure why'd you use the footage in your latest Comedy Festival... Read More »

Woah Woah Woah, The Tide Is Turning

From Rowan Dean, on the ABC website The Drum: …the new Chis Lilley show (zzz zzz zzz go the teeth of my saw slicing into the flesh of the branch) called Angry Boys (zzz zzzzz zzzz – I can feel the bough starting to give way under my weight already) which screened for the second... Read More »

The Emperor is Seriously Underdressed Over Here

The reviews are in, and the verdict is clear: Chris Lilley ain’t funny. But don’t take our word for it: “…as we delve further and further into the life of Gran and her distant grandchildren, the hick yobs Daniel and Nathan Sims from We Can Be Heroes who also take up much of tonight’s episode,... Read More »

It Has Begun

When it comes to being first with the news, it’s hard to top News Limited. Especially when they’re reporting on controversies that haven’t even happened yet: CHRIS Lilley is set to spark controversy in his new comedy show Angry Boys, with characters defecating on cars and racist slurs rife. But the star makes no apologies... Read More »