Australian comedian Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High) is taking on snowboarders for his next comedy. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he's making a one-hour, one-off mockumentary about snowboarding culture with Australian blogger/prankster David Thorne called Cold Feet: America's Bunny Slopes. The special will air debut on HBO in the US on August 8th and in Australia the UK in September. Here's how Thorne describes it:
It's about two individuals who embrace the snowboarding culture to the fullest extent but do not know how to snowboard … Chris plays Derek, a Shaun White devotee to the extent of dying his hair red, while I play his best friend [...]
In 2008, Australian import Summer Heights High became an underground hit for HBO. Chris Lilley, who created, wrote, and starred in the show (as multiple characters), went on to produce another HBO co-production in 2011's Angry Boys. Now, he's returning for a third series on American TV with Ja'mie: Private School Girl, reprising his spoiled teenage girl character Ja'mie King from Summer Heights High.
All three shows, as well as Lilley's first Australian series We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year, are shot in a strict mockumentary format and feature Lilley playing all the main characters. I got to talk to him in New York recently about bringing [...]
Here's the first trailer for Chris Lilley upcoming HBO show Ja'mie King: Private School Girl. The six-episode series, which debuts in the US on November 24, follows Lilley's popular Ja'mie King character as she returns to private school. It's the third appearance of King on Lilley's mockumentary-style shows, having appeared previously on Summer Heights High and Angry Boys. The show is a co-production between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, and HBO.
Subtlety is probably not what you’d expect from a comedian who trades in fat suits and black face, but it’s the medium in which Australian funnyman Chris Lilley works. Instead of painting his wacky characters with broad strokes, in his past three shows — We Can Be Heroes in 2005, Summer Heights High in 2008, and Angry Boys which premiered January 1st — and for the past six years, Chris Lilley has breathed specificity into characters who, without their invented idiosyncrasies, would be little more than tired stereotypes.
The laughs are in the details. As with Judd Apatow’s best characters (The 40-Year-Old virgin doesn’t just ride a bike, he [...]