Who ever realized Aussies and New Zealanders were hilarious deserves an award. Bringing them to my television in the United States has all around been a wonderful, laughter laden experience. If you’re not watching any of these shows, you should be.
Flight of the Conchords - New Zealand’s top 4 folk duo is back in swing with season 2 of its American TV show. More dry wit than a desert, and funnier songs/videos than the D (yes, I went there), you can’t go wrong with them on any given episode. Its quirky though, so you’ve been warned.
Summer Heights High - Here’s another bold statement, this HBO show (a mockumentary about an Australian high school, where one middle aged comedian plays 3 characters - including a 15 year old girl) has more well placed, forced awkwardness than much of The Office. It wrapped its first season recently, and that may be it from this one seeing as its an import. Catch it if you can, its very underground and cult-like right now.
The Chaser’s War On Everything - Another import now playing on G4 on Wednesday nights. Its touted as Australia’s “most controversial show” combining the best elements of Jackass, Trigger Happy TV, and the socio political commentary a la Colbert. And there’s songs. They’re doing it right, the sketches are relevant and scathing. The highlight for me from its 2 ep premiere on G4 was a mock Christian rock band singing about how they exploit religion for money. “We’ve got all of heaven’s riches/Because of you stupid bitches.”
The networks need to take note. Instead of remaking successful foreign shows, just do like Cable and import them. I’m looking at you Kath and Kim.