Australian Comic Chris Lilley's New Show Looks Hilarious

LOL April 16, 2019 By Hugo

The Australian comic Chris Lilley has given us some of the funniest comedy series over the years, from the legendary Angry Boys to the laugh out loud, controversial teenage angst drama, Jonah From Tonga.

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There'es also his two other hit shows, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes, and after years away from the spotlight, Lilly is back with his latest offering.

Satirising everyone from his country's teenage social media stars to the goofiest of oddballs, Lunatics is a Netflix production and will air this Friday.

Lilley's past characters have ranged from anyone and everyone to a spoiled private school girl, a rapper, a prison officer, and a school teacher.

But in Lunatics, his characters look to be the most varied yet, with the actor playing a psychologist to the stars, a round-bottomed real estate entrepreneur, an innovative fashion designer, a museum owner, and the future Earl of Gayhurst to name a few.

A synopsis for the series reads: "Lunatics: the story of six characters coming to terms with themselves and the world around them - be it a haunting past or a pressurising future, finding love or chasing dreams. Starring Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, and Chris Lilley."

As usual, fan reaction for Lilley's latest show has been overwhelmingly positive.

One social media exclaimed, "When you were least expecting it, Chris comes back WITH A BANG!"

Indeed, Lilley will be hoping his return to the spotlight spawns a bang of the right kind, rather than one riddled with accusations of cultural appropriation and racism that Jonah From Tonga attracted.

The NAACP, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the American Indians in Film/TV, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities and The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition all complained while a leading journalist writing for the Guardian wrote: "No matter how worthy the satire, Jonah's brownface is never neutral. No matter how funny Ja'mie can be, it is still a white bloke acting out problems he's never had.

"Is it really necessary to dress in brownface to make the point that "the Island boys", to quote one of Jonah's teachers, have a hard time at school?

"The danger here is that instead of critiquing stereotypes, his character risks re-inscribing them. When high schoolers tell their teacher to 'puck off', are they critiquing 'Island' stereotypes or indulging in something that's only acceptable when impersonating a brown body?"


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