New sketch comedy for ABC1

Comedian Sam Simmons will front a new sketch comedy series for ABC1 called Problems.

ABC has announced a new sketch comedy series starring stand‐up comedian, Sam Simmons, whose style is described as “suburban absurdism, a cult comedy hero, an evangelical advocate of bringing silly back to comedy.”

The four part series, Problems, features Lawrence Mooney, Anthony Morgan, Claudia O’Doherty, Ronny Chieng, David Quirk and Laura Hughes.

A Press Release states, “Each episode looks to solve a problem ‐ not a crisis but a problem. A minor annoyance that spirals into a comedic adventure. When viewers get to know Sam they’ll realise that Sam’s world is just like yours and mine with that familiar routine of talking cats, taco‐induced psychosis, lawn chair philosophers.”

Simmons has performed his act at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he was nominated for Best Show, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal, Los Angeles circuit and has a return season coming to London’s West End.

Trent O’Donnell (Woodley, Review with Miles Barlow) is directing and Paul Horan (The Project, Rove Live) will produce.

ABC TV Head of Comedy Debbie Lee said: “Australian sketch comedy fans will get to meet some of Australian comedy’s strangest minds, creating characters to be set in a fondly offbeat cream‐brick neverland that is the Australian suburban sprawl.”

Guesswork Television Executive Producer Kevin Whyte said: “It is incredibly exciting to be bringing Sam Simmons’ peculiar genius to the screen along with his handpicked cast of Australia’s most exciting and daring comedians. Problems once again see ABCTV backing Australian comedy talent.”

Shooting has begun in Melbourne and continues for the next three weeks. The show is slated for air late 2012 on ABC1.

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