Chris Lilley is back. His newest show, Jonah from Tonga, premieres on HBO tomorrow night. The six-episode series follows Summer Heights High’s Jonah Takalua as he returns to school in Australia after being expelled from Summer Heights and sent to Tonga.
As in his previous shows Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, and Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Lilley wrote, produced, directed, and stars in Jonah from Tonga. With an all-new cast of supporting characters, the documentary-style series explores rebellious Jonah’s hilarious attempts at being a “good boy,” which take him both to prison and a singing competition.
I got to talk to Lilley about Jonah from Tonga, why he likesmaking documentary-style [...]
After the success of Chris Lilley's Summer Heights High spin-off series Ja'mie: Private School Girl on HBO, the Aussie comedian is moving on to the next teenage character-focused show on the American pay network with the premiere of Jonah from Tonga this August. In a press release today, HBO announced that Jonah's six-episode spin-off show is set to premiere on Friday, August 8th at 10pm with two back-to-back episodes. Click through to watch the trailer.
HBO premiered two new comedies last night, and the network uploaded the first episode of each to YouTube for free, which is a rare move for them. Above is Chris Lilley's new show, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, which follows his Summer Heights High character Ja'mie King. Watch the pilot for Getting On here, starring Alex Borstein, Laurie Metcalf, and Niecy Nash and based on the British show of the same name. Hopefully, HBO continues to do this for new shows in the future.
Here's Katy Perry on a radio show getting a surprise call from Chris Lilley as his Summer Heights High/Ja'mie: Private School Girl character Ja'mie King, which causes Perry to freak out 'cause she's a big fan.