Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia
Sundays 7:30pm from November 27
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia is a fresh and fun take on the popular original series’ from the UK and the US with a fantastic mix of experienced and new improv performers. Expect the unexpected when the quick-witted cast tackle the various improv challenges thrown at them each week.
Host Tommy Little is joined by seven exciting and talented ensemble cast members – comedy superstar Rhys Darby, stand-up festival favourites Cal Wilson, Tegan Higginbotham and Susie Youssef, along with world-class improviser Steen Raskopoulos, and newcomers Bridie Connell and Tom Walker.
In each of the ten episodes four of the cast will perform improv sketches together thrown at them by host Tommy Little and suggestions from the audience with no-one knowing where they will end up. The performers get themselves into insane situations with improv challenges often demanding singing and dancing – but most importantly they must deliver the jokes. The host then awards various amounts of points – that don’t even matter – to the best players and funniest sketches.
Ten-part series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia was filmed in front of a live audience in Melbourne with house band led by Kit Warhurst. Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia is Executively Produced by Kevin Whyte, Guesswork Television, and Craig Campbell, +61 TV exclusively for Foxtel. The Australian series premieres Sundays from November 27 at 7.30pm only on The Comedy Channel.
Comedy superstar Rhys Darby is joined by comedy festival favourites Cal Wilson, Tegan Higginbotham and Susie Youssef, along with world-class improviser Steen Raskopoulos, and newcomers Bridie Connell and Tom Walker.
Melbourne-native Tommy Little is one of the most irresistible comedians of his generation delivering smart and engaging comedy capable of holding a room in the palm of his hand. After co-hosting the Breakfast Program on NOVA Melbourne for two years, Tommy is an increasingly recurring face on Australian television screens as fill in host on Network Ten’s The Project, host of Foxtel’s Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Big Three Oh! stand-up series, as well as appearances in Dirty Laundry Live, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala Specials, and many more. Tommy is also hosting Season 4 of the Just For Laughs Australia stand up series on Foxtel this year.
Actor and stand up comedian from New Zealand, Rhys Darby, is best known as the hapless, well-meaning band manager, Murray, from HBO’s cult hit Flight of the Conchords. Rhys is currently based in Los Angeles with his family where he has appeared on US TV shows including How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Wrecked, Voltron and The X-Files. Rhys has toured Australia several times in live shows and has starred in films Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows.
A world class stand up with more than twenty years of improv under her belt, Cal Wilson brings a wealth of experience to Whose Line. Cal is one of Australia’s most popular stand ups with sold out seasons across the country and two successful runs in Edinburgh. One of the few Australians to have appeared on Stephen Fry’s QI, Cal regularly appears on television including Have You Been Paying Attention, Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Good News Week, and many more.
Steen Raskopoulos’ unique one man multi character sketch comedy festival shows have scored him nominations for “Best Newcomer” in Edinburgh and for “Best Show” in Melbourne. Steen has done more than anyone to lead a renaissance of improv in Australia – his long form “Bear Pack” shows fill the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney and have sold out in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He has sold out three West End seasons and starred in the BBC Series Top Coppers.
An internationally trained improviser with sold out Comedy Festival shows to her name, Susie Youssef’s comedy is as dry as a martini with endearing warmth that draws you in for her deft upper hook. Susie’s improv skills have been honed at the legendary iO Theatre in Chicago – training ground to improv superstars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert and Mike Myers – and where cast-mate Steen also cut his teeth.
Tegan Higginbotham is the youngest veteran on the comedy scene, this year was her tenth Melbourne Comedy Festival and she’s still in her twenties. Multi-talented and properly funny, Tegan has presented several acclaimed solo stand up shows and is part of the legendary sketch group “Watson”, who haven’t seen an empty seat in years. Tegan has been seen on Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Have You Been Paying Attention?, and in films Molly, Oddball, and Holding the Man.
A star of the Sydney improv scene and a regular at The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre, Bridie Connell has performed sold out solo shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival, and has previously won the National Theatresports Championship. A true triple threat, Bridie can act, sing and dance, winning a scholarship to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Tom Walker is peculiar, hilarious and wonderfully physical. Walker trained in Paris at the prestigious acting and clown school École Philippe Gaulier, which boasts the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen and Emma Thompson as alumni. A National Theatresports Champion and stage companion to Steen and Bridie, Tom won “Best Newcomer” at the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival with his deeply odd and incredibly funny character show.