Posts tagged as summer heights high

Becoming 'Jonah from Tonga' with Chris Lilley

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 [...]

Chris Lilley's Character Jonah Takalua Is Getting His Own Show

Summer Heights High creator and star Chris Lilley's spinoff Ja'mie: Private School Girl has only just premiered in the US, but he's already announced that another character from Summer Heights will front a new show. Lilley tweeted a confirmation of a BBC story that Lilley character Jonah Takalua will be getting his own show.

Takalua, a rowdy 14-year-old schoolboy, was expelled from Summer Heights High at the end of that series, and sent to live with his extended family in Tonga. The new series will find "Jonah in the midst of island life and experiencing the familiar frustrations of a bored teenage delinquent." The series is due to air in Australia and the UK in [...]

Watch the First Full Trailer for Chris Lilley's 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl'

Here's the first full-length trailer for Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Chris Lilley's upcoming HBO show. The six-episode series, which is a co-production between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, and HBO, debuts in the US on November 24. The shows sees Lilley's Ja'mie King, best known from the Australian hit Summer Heights High, return to her private school to complete her education.

Chris Lilley Is Bringing Back One of His Popular Characters in His New Show

Australian comedian Chris Lilley, the man behind series like Summer Heights High and Angry Boys, is working on a mysterious TV project, and he announced yesterday via Twitter and Facebook that he's bringing back one of his old characters in the series. Lilley's new show is a six-part half-hour comedy for Australian network ABC, but that's all we really know about it. In his post, Lilley linked to an ABC network poll about which of his characters is coming back. The options for the poll are Jonah, Ja'mie, and Mr G from Summer Heights High; Gran and the twins from Angry Boys; and Phil Olivetti from We Can [...]

Chris Lilley's Next Project Is a One-Hour Mockumentary About Snowboarders Who Don't Know How to Snowboard

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 [...]

Talking to Chris Lilley About 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl', Teenagers, and Why He Hasn't Moved to the States

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 [...]

Watch the First Trailer for 'Ja'mie King: Private School Girl'

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.

Talking to Chris Lilley about Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, and We Can Be Heroes

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 [...]

Watch a Teaser for Chris Lilley's New 'Summer Heights High' Spinoff Starring Jonah

As we reported last week, Australian comedian Chris Lilley is making a new show centered around his Summer Heights High character Jonah Takalua. Here's a new teaser for the series, called Jonah from Tonga. The second show from Lilley following a Summer Heights High character after Jai'me: Private School Girl, the show premieres in Australia and the UK in 2014. HBO aired Lilley's last three series but has yet to purchase the Jonah show.

Chris Lilley Fan Katy Perry Takes a Call from Chris Lilley in Character

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.

Chris Lilley's New Show Is About 'Summer Heights High's Ja'mie King

Australian comedian Chris Lilley is making a new show all about Ja'mie King, the self-absorbed teenage school girl monster he played on Summer Heights High. Called Ja'mie: Private School Girl, it's a six-part series for BBC Three in association with HBO in the US. The show will follow King in her final year at Hillford Girls Grammar School. Lilley commented, "I find teenage girls endlessly funny. So being able to write for and play the meanest bitch in school has been so fun. I can’t wait to show everyone what Ja’mie’s been up to."

Chris Lilley originated the character of Ja'mie in his 2005 Australian series We Can Be Heroes [...]