[4 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Chris Lilley interview: “There are a lot of guys in dresses in Australia…”

By Steven MacKenzie
BBC Three comedy hit Chris Lilley talks sitcom research, ‘hot’ Ja’mie – and his effect upon Australian education
Your two recent series on BBC Three have seen you play Ja’mie and Jonah, two high school kids in Australia. Do you feel more freedom being other people than yourself? No. Well, I guess. I’ve got to do things that are unusual. I’ve got a bunch of friends who are girls… Wait, I’m trying to say this without sounding weird. You are in school uniform, Ja’mie is having a …

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[4 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Chris Lilley interview: “There are a lot of guys in dresses in Australia…”

By Steven MacKenzie
BBC Three comedy hit Chris Lilley talks sitcom research, ‘hot’ Ja’mie – and his effect upon Australian education
Your two recent series on BBC Three have seen you play Ja’mie and Jonah, two high school kids in Australia. Do you feel more freedom being other people than yourself? No. Well, I guess. I’ve got to do things that are unusual. I’ve got a bunch of friends who are girls… Wait, I’m trying to say this without sounding weird. You are in school uniform, Ja’mie is having a …

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[25 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
GQ&A with Chris Lilley

He’s taken dick jokes and FOB slurs from mid-week ABC timeslots to HBO and the BBC. He’s gifted the bitch-lexicon a word – quiche – whose levels of popularity haven’t been seen since Tina Fey’s Mean Girls.
Beginning with his razor-sharp satire of Australian of the Year nominees, We Can Be Heroes, Chris Lilley has made episodic mockumentary a genre of his own. And, hands-down, he’s our country’s best comedy export right now, especially considering he’s shopping an unabashedly Australian brand of humour – not affecting an American accent in an …

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[8 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
The uncanny genius of Chris Lilley

Louisa Mellor
As Jonah From Tonga arrives on BBC Three, we salute the meticulously observed characters of Australian comic Chris Lilley…
A sixteen year old Queen Bee, a disruptive Tongan teen, a juvenile offenders’ officer in her sixties, feckless teenage twins, a flamboyant drama teacher, a pushy Japanese mother… Chris Lilley puts on a wig, an outfit (and sometimes, a controversial bit of face paint) and becomes them all.
Watch him in costume and there’s no sense that Lilley is anyone but the character he’s playing. Other comedy drag acts …

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[6 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

An experiment by the ABC to release an entire series on its digital platform iview before it hits TV screens nationally appears to have paid off.
Chris Lilley’s Jonah from Tonga was the most played program on ABC iview over the weekend with 551,000 plays, a statement from the ABC said.
The entire six-part series, which premieres nationally on ABC tomorrow 9pm, was available to viewers from 6pm Friday May 2 until 6pm Sunday May 4.
It remains to be seen whether the online debut of the series based on delinquent schoolboy Jonah …

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[2 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chris Lilley says impersonating a teenage boy in his new comedy ‘Jonah From Tonga’ is strange when it comes to romantic scenes with young girls.
Chris Lilley finds it “awkward” pretending to be a 14-year-old boy.
The 39-year-old Australian comedian, who returns with BBC Three show ‘Jonah From Tonga’ next week, has given yet another character from his cult comedy show ‘Summer Heights Heigh’ their own spin-off following the success of ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’, but didn’t anticipate how weird it would be filming romantic scenes with teenage girls.
He explained in an …

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[2 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Ben Mundy and Jimmy Blake
This weekend, BBC Three is premiering a whole series on iPlayer for 48 hours, before it airs on TV.
Jonah From Tonga, which is about a 14-year-old rebellious schoolboy, is the latest show from comedian Chris Lilley.
The 39-year-old also wrote and starred in We Could Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and more recently Ja’mie: Private School Girl.
Newsbeat caught up with the Australian to learn a few things about the world of Chris Lilley.
1. Writing Jonah took about a year
Lilley said: “It’s not like I …