Black Comedy

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Based on last night’s promos, the second season of Black Comedy “coming soon” must be the first Aussie comedy screening in 2016.

###Black Comedy Season 2

Returns Wednesday 3 February at 9:00pm

ABC TV’s comedy series Black Comedy returns in February. Black Comedy uses an array of talented Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers to explore what it means to be Indigenous in contemporary Australia.

Series 2 sees the return of favourites, Townsville’s favourite gays, the Tiddas, the Housewives of Narromine plus Blakforce. Also returning is Brooke Satchwell, as Tiffany, the “culturally confused wannabe black, white girl”.

Returning in key roles are Black Comedy stalwarts Aaron Fa’Aoso, Nakkiah Lui, Steven Oliver and Elizabeth Wymarra, and they’re ably joined by new core cast members Adam Briggs and Ian Zaro. Adam and Ian bring their considerable writing and performing talents to bear, injecting the show with new energy and flare.

New characters include Uncle Doctor, a medico whose methods are more than just a little unconventional, the Thong Mum, a woman whose ability with a boomerang thong is deadly, and the Beachies, a father and son who spend their days sitting on a log on their Torres Strait Island home staring out to sea and pondering the imponderable.

We also meet Ray, a recent parolee and menacing new member of the Black Comedy team, recruited as part of the ABC’s Bridging The Gap Program, we pay homage to The Godfather with The Elders, an epic four-part tale of a turf war between two Matriarchs feuding over the rights to Melbourne’s lucrative ‘Welcome to Country’ income stream, and we go back in time to revisit a classic ‘lost’ Australian gothic horror movies of the early 70s, the unforgettable ‘Wandaroorah’, a film about a little town that needs Aboriginals - and will go to terrifying lengths to get them. We also take Blakforce to new heights with Blakforce SCU: Special Coconut Unit – the elite group of detectives charged with investigating large-scale crimes against Blackness.

Black Comedy is a fast paced, irreverent, entertaining, thought provoking - at times silly - at other times confronting, but always funny look at Australia and Australian culture through the comedic prism of our first people.

Starring alongside our cast are special guests including; Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell, Matt Day, Luke Carroll, Shari Sebbens, Bjorn Stewart, Jack Charles, Elaine Crombie, Bruce R Carter, Brendan Cowell, Lisa Hensley, Anita Hegh, Robbie Magasiva, Harriet Dyer, Andrew McFarlane, Bruce Spence, Chris Haywood, Graham Rouse, Maggie Dence, Costa Georgiadis and Brooke Satchwell.

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Black Comedy gets a third season in 2018 which is good for sketch comedy. A lot of others haven’t gone to a second season let alone a third now.

Black Comedy is Back

New cast, new writers and a whole lot of new laughs…ABC is pleased to announce that series three of Black Comedy starts filming in Sydney today.

Fresh, original and just a little bit wrong, first launching in 2014, Black Comedy debuted to rave reviews and garnered a legion of fans and millions of views online. Featuring sketches that spawned catch-phrases mimicked all around the country, Black Comedy takes a cheeky look at Australian culture through the comedic prism of our nation’s first people, with no area off limits.

Nurturing the next generation of comedy writers, the new series showcases a talented line-up of Indigenous actors and comedians. The core team will feature new writer/performers including standup comedian David Woodhead, Gabriel Willie (Bush Tucker Bunjie) and social commentator/writer Nayuka Gorrie. Returning favourites include actor Aaron Fa’Aoso and writer/performer Nakkiah Lui, who will be joined by actors Wayne Blair and Rarriwuy Hick.

Guest appearances will include Adam Briggs, Leah Purcell, Jack Charles, Christine Anu, Elizabeth Wymarra and Elaine Crombie along with Matt Day, Lisa Hensley and plenty of surprises.

Written and directed entirely by Blackfellas, the six-part series combines a mix of observational and physical sketches, historical sketches and parodies of TV, film and commercials.

Black Comedy will film in and around Sydney over the next five weeks and will screen on ABC later in the year.

Production Credits: Scarlett Pictures, produced by Kath Shelper and Mark O’Toole. ABC Executive Producer Kelrick Martin.

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Black Comedy’s take on the ignorant Sunrise adoption segment.

Black Comedy Season 3

From Wednesday 19 September at 9:30pm

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It’s black comedy by blackfellas, for everyone.

Starting Wednesday 19th September at 9.30pm, the third series of Black Comedy continues an acerbic, witty and altogether unapologetic comedic exploration of what it means to be black in contemporary Australia. The sketch comedy show is written and performed by some of the sharpest and funniest blackfellas in the country who carve up sacred cows, dismantle stereotypes, and turn modern Australian culture inside out.

In this season, Black Comedy veterans Aaron Fa’Aoso and Nakkiah Lui are joined by new writer/performers David Woodhead, a 20 year-old standup comedian from Darwin, social commentator Nayuka Gorrie and Bush Tucker Bunjie Gabriel Willie. Rounding out the core performing team are actors Wayne Blair (Mystery Road, Redfern Now) and Rarriwuy Hick (Cleverman, Wentworth), recent NIDA graduate Dalara Williams and 18 year-old newcomer Maci-Grace Johnson.

As always, the core cast is supported by a stellar line up of guest appearances including Black Comedy original cast member Elizabeth Wymarra, and other favourites including Leah Purcell, Adam Briggs, Matt Day, James Fraser, Jack Charles, Elaine Crombie, Lisa Hensley and Meyne Wyatt. New faces being welcomed into the family are Mia Wasikowska, Adam Goodes, Christine Anu, Jay Laga’aia, Daniel Amalm, Zoë Coombs Marr, Casey Donovan, Ian Roberts and Simon Hall.

New characters include Bondi Blackfella, a lifesaver who’s more at home on the land than in the water, the Boomerang Brothers, a pair of unlikely identical twins with an even more unlikely discount store, Aunty Mary - a beautician of questionable talent, Trent, a young man who can’t quite live up to his own myth, the Wigglymuyu Dancers, a traditional dance troupe who perform their not-so-traditional dances against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour - and Tash, Nicole and Tyrone, the occupants of Melbourne’s blackest, and loosest sharehouse.

We also meet Mark, a Torres Strait Islander man who survives a plane crash only to find himself marooned on a desert island with the whitest white people of all time, we pay homage to the 70s horror classic the Exorcist with the Cuzorcist as a priest tries to rid a family home of an unwanted cousin, we sit in on a Monopoly game that takes a very sinister twist when Nikki’s white boyfriend decides he’s going to take the game a little too seriously, we hit the streets with a detective as she blows the lid off the illegal Confirmation of Aboriginality trade in COA, we spend a night with a white businessman and high class call girl as he lives out his ultimate fantasy - an Indigenous Girlfriend Experience - and we revisit the men and women of Blakforce SCU: Special Coconut Unit as they try and identify a mole in their ranks.

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Black Comedy Workshop Callout

Sketch workshop: 28 October to 2 November 2018 - Sydney

Are you Indigenous AND funny? Are you a fan of the ABC TV show Black Comedy? Or do you reckon you could do better?! Maybe you’ve got what it takes to be involved in the show?

Well, we’re looking for you!

ABC Indigenous, Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Scarlett Pictures are calling for up to 15 Indigenous writers and writer/performers to be involved in a workshop for a potential fourth series of Black Comedy.

The workshop will be a hothouse environment where you’ll learn the basics of sketch writing, workshop ideas, write them up and then test them out.

Submissions close on Monday 24 September at 10am.

Please apply by completing the form below.

Read the Workshop Guidelines to find out more.

Email enquiries: blackcomedy@scarlettpictures.com.au

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god damn, series 3 hasn’t even premiered yet and they’re already looking ahead for season 4. Bring it on!

Awesome to have the opportunity to see some fresh faces in TV.

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Make Gondwana Great Again #buildawall

this week’s episode is probably the best so far!

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2019 Upfronts

Black Comedy, Series 4

The fourth series of Black Comedy will continue an acerbic, witty and altogether unapologetic comedic exploration of what it means to be black in contemporary Australia. The sketch comedy show is written and performed by some of the sharpest and funniest blackfellas in the country who carve up sacred cows, dismantle stereotypes, and turn modern Australian culture inside out. Alongside the current team will be some exciting new (and not so new) talents for season four.

ABC Upfronts 2020

The fourth series will continue an acerbic, witty and altogether unapologetic comedic exploration of what it means to be black in contemporary Australia.

Note that this was promised at the 2019 Upfronts.

Series 4

From Wednesday 5 February at 9.00pm

The fourth and final series of Black Comedy continues the witty, whacky, sometimes acerbic, but altogether unapologetic comedic exploration of what it means to be black in contemporary Australia. The show is written and performed by some of the funniest blackfellas in the country – a creative team who joyfully carve up sacred cows, dismantle stereotypes, and turn modern Australian culture inside out.

In this series, Black Comedy original cast members Aaron Fa’Aoso, Nakkiah Lui and Bjorn Stewart are joined by series three alumni David Woodhead, Gabriel Willie, Dalara Williams and Maci-Grace Johnson. Rounding out the core performers in this series are Indigenous comedy legend Sean Choolburra and dynamic new writer/performer Jalen Sutcliffe.

As always, the core cast is supported by an exceptional line up of guest actors including: Christine Anu, Rob Collins, Shari Sebbens, Luke Carroll, Jack Charles, Meyne Wyatt, Aaron McGrath, Anita Hegh, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Jenna Owen, Guy Edmonds, James Fraser, Dylan Hare, Tibian Wyles, Nayuka Gorrie, Billy McPherson, Tysan Towney, Claudia Karvan, Annie Maynard, Leeanna Walsman, Jeremy Sims, Toby Schmitz, Sarah Bishop, Abbie-lee Lewis, Jimi Bani and last but by no means least, the late and great Ningali Lawford-Wolf.

During episode one, we meet a Full On Murri who has very strong opinions on how Blackfellas should and shouldn’t behave, we spend time on the couch with a couple of cousins who are considering getting to know each other a lot better, and we accompany Shane on his first day at University as he discovers that things are not all as they seem.