It’s been too long since HBO had an Australian comedy airing (*cough* “Flight of the Conchords,” RIP). The good news is Australian comedian Chris Lilley is bringing the world-famous sitcom “Angry Boys” to HBO.
Lilley is the key factor to the show’s success as he not only writes his own material, but stars as multiple characters on the show. His characters include twin brothers, a surfing champion, a Japanese mother, an American rapper, a juvenile center worker named Gran, and a manager of a skateboarder. Lilly told Huffington Post that he finds inspiration for his characters from anywhere.
When it came to learning about teenage boys, he went right to the source. “ I went to a lot of small country towns. I'd already played the characters in "We Can Be Heroes," but I wanted to make sure my observations were current,” he shared. “I went to country towns and arranged to hang out with families. People are just willing to tell you everything, and I filmed the interviews.
The good news is unlike most shows that start as a foreign hit and cross oceans, “Angry Boys” will air in its original form. “The idea of remaking something for America does not appeal to me at all,” he said. “I get the reason to do it, because it opens up the audience, but I'm much more interested in being true and doing what I know and love.”
Though the show is an instant hit across Australia and the UK, will the show be too odd for Americans? Not likely, but it will be a breath of fresh air because it’s that different.
“Angry Boys” premiers Jan. 1 on HBO.