Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine have been announced as hosts of a new comedy entertainment series How Not to Behave.
The 15 part series, produced by Screentime, is based on a Swedish format on manners and etiquette and asks: Which parts of a change room is it okay to walk around naked? What’s the tooth fairy’s going rate? Is it ever okay to pick up at a funeral? Should you discipline other people’s kids, dump a partner by text, or have the in-laws on Skype while your partner is giving birth?
Each episode tests the boundaries of a familiar theme providing a ‘how-to’ guide, offering solutions to our social shortcomings.
“From dinner parties to supermarkets, the workplace to the gym, Gretel and Matt will escort you through the unwritten rules and necessities of modern society,” advises a press release.
Matt Okine said: “I’ve spent most of my life perfecting the art of not knowing how to behave… Comedians are generally the most socially awkward people on the planet, so you can be sure this show’s in expert hands.”
Gretel Killeen added: “Unlike Matt, I’m taking this hosting role very seriously. I think manners make the world go round and I’m determined to change the world to suit me.”
“How Not to Behave is like Seinfeld meets Attenborough,” said Jon Casimir, Head of ABC Entertainment.
“It’s part comedy, part social anthropology… We’re really excited to have the formidably funny pairing of Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine as our tour guides, cutting a path through the jungle of etiquette.”
Screentime’s Head of Non Fiction Jennifer Collins said: “We’re thrilled to bring together Gretel and Matt for this series. Gretel Killeen is an exquisite talent, fiercely intelligent, impeccably stylish, and just plain funny. triple j breakfast radio host Matt Okine is a rising star of the Australian comedy scene known for his clever observations and heart-warming humour. Coming from different generations and backgrounds, it will make for intriguing and surprising chemistry.”
How Not to Behave is a Screentime, a Banijay Group company, production for ABC TV, executive produced by Sophia Mogford (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year) and Screentime’s Jennifer Collins (Stop Laughing…this is serious), with ABC TV executive producer Sophia Zachariou (The Checkout).
Wednesday, July 15 at 8pm on ABC.