The trailer for Chris Lilley’s new Netflix series looks f**ken gold
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny Chris Lilley’s carved a name for himself in Oz-Comedy as one of the most successful satirists and parodists we’ve got. S**t, sometimes the bloke gets his mockery so spot on that those being mocked don’t even realise it. Of course, he’s no stranger to controversy either. In the past, his comedy’s touched some pretty sensitive areas, and it looks like he’s going to venture there again now that his new trailer has dropped.
Yeah, nah, straight up, you can’t talk about Lilley in this day and age without raising the point that while he might not be calling it such, he’s painting himself up and portraying the roles of ethnic minorities, and he’s playing them for laughs. And, let’s be honest, when you do that, you’ve gotta be prepared to piss a few people off.
Anyway, we’ll move right on and we’ll talk a bit about the new show. According to the official press, Lunatics is “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.”
This time, he’ll portray another six characters: a real estate agent, a twelve-year-old kid, a twin sister with Gigantism, an ex-pornstar, a shop owner and a pet psychologist to the stars. As usual, these characters run the gamut and showcase Lilley’s talent for the absurd and the controversial while wearing drag, portraying minorities, and using those stereotypes to drive his jokes home.
For those who are pretty bloody keen on it, the show drops on Netflix next week. If it’s anything like Summer Heights High, Jonah from Tonga, Angry Boys or We Can Be Heroes, it’s sure to have plenty of folks laughing.
Final thought: You’ve got to give it to Lilley; the man knows what he does well, and he sticks to it. He occupies a unique place in the cultural landscape over here, but the fine line he draws between social comment and social insensitivity might not be as clear cut as he thinks it is. What do you reckon? Load up the comments with your thoughts.
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Video Link: Netflix