The second series of Stop Laughing…This Is Serious premieres on Wednesday 1 February at 9.10pm, it’s a three-part documentary series that continues the captivating story of Australian comedy.
Through a blend of social history, extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s finest comedians, we travel through stand-up, radio, television, and theatre revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to our national identity.
Narrated by Colin Lane, the second series delves deeper into the defining moments of Australian comedy and how they shaped our comedic voice. Weaving contemporary comedy with the best of our past, we drill down into the craft itself to reveal the inner workings of the creative process, the influences and the inspiration, the risks and the rewards.
The first episode examines the origins and inspirations behind Australia’s most memorable characters. From Ja’mie and Jonah, Sharon Strzelecki and Kath and Kim, to Kylie Mole and Col’n Carpenter, we examine the creative process that produced these comic icons who resonated with audiences so strongly. What was the cultural context they were born from? How were they received? Why did some characters cut through when others didn’t? Are they products of their time or are they still relevant today? The myriad characters of sitcom, sketch and satire have, funnily enough, helped to form the very character of this country – their catchphrases even forming part of our vernacular. But how does this passage into popular culture come about?
The series examines the breadth of our national characters, from affection to satire, from impersonation to controversy…our comedy characters often say more about us than the real world ever can.
A Screentime Production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Series Producer Craig Anderson.
Executive Producer Jennifer Collins.
ABC Executive Producer Mandy Chang.
Stop Laughing…This Is Serious Season 2 Episode 1 (of 3) airs on Wednesday 1 February at 9.10pm on ABC.