the smell of life

January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

About 8 months ago the Mister showed me this remarkable show called “Summer Heights High.” Summer Heights High first aired in 2007, so it may be completely old news for some of you. For me though, it is the funniest thing I have seen in awhile.

The show is based around a public school in Australia. It centers around three individuals from the school, two students and a teacher. Ja’mie and Jonah are in year 11 and year 8. Mr. G is the senior drama teacher. All three of these characters are played by the writer of the series, Chris Lilley.

To say the show is hilarious would be an understatement.  The show has jokes based around the culture of Australia. However, I would not let this discourage you from watching it. Summer Heights High addresses the humor of stereotypes and creates a juxtaposition with reality. Lilley uses tactful ways to bring politically incorrect humor to the surface.

Summer Heights High’s three characters never interact with each other. Through showing three different cultural and social characters, the mockumentary is able to explore what a typical public high school would experience. The subject matter ranges from bullying, racism and social cliques. There are other facets the show explores. For me personally, I found that these were the most important issues.

Lilley’s show is obviously meant to have a ton of humor running throughout it. I cannot deny the fact that I laughed til I cried, and my friends quote it, often-but there is a charm to the ability Lilley has in bringing a lesson, whether subtle or not, to his comedy writing. I highly recommend checking it out.


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