Fancy Boy gets the nod as new ABC sketch comedy

A Fresh Blood iview comedy graduates to a full sketch series for ABC.


ABC has a new sketch comedy series in production, Fancy Boy, which was part of the Fresh Blood iview initiative.

The six-part series, produced by December Media in association with Checkpoint Media and Fancy Boy TV, commenced production in Melbourne this week.

It features writer / performers John Campbell, Stuart Daulman, Greg Larsen, Henry Stone and Jonathan Schuster, joined by Anne Edmonds. The iview series also included guest appearances by names such as Luke McGregor, Celia Pacquola and Ronny Chieng.

A press release describes Fancy Boy as living somewhere between the moody and the downright dark: “The show finds comedy in the stranger corners of suburbia: in the couple whose communication breakdown leads to a kidnap; in the artist who loses everything over his obsession with fart sounds; in the mum who struggles to accept her missing teen back into the family, mainly because he returns with a full beard and a foreign accent.”

Due to premiere later this year on ABC, it will also get a run on NBC-Universal’s SVOD comedy platform Seeso.

ABC’s Head of Entertainment, Jon Casimir, said “Fancy Boy made their name as a transgressive and weird live act, willing to go to places others wouldn’t. But what really marks their work is not just the boldness of their intent, it’s the heart and insight that underpins it. Fancy Boy sketches make you laugh but surprisingly, they also make you feel.”

Executive Vice President NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises and head of US streaming comedy channel Seeso, Evan Shapiro, says “The Fancy Boys are the freshest set of sketch voices I’ve seen in a long time – they are a whole new level of weird, even by Australian standards.”

Executive producer Stuart Menzies says, “Their live show was reviewed as ‘crude, disturbing and offensive’. We’ve think we’ve kept that spirit intact.”

Fancy Boy is produced by Nicole Minchin, series produced by Declan Fay, executive produced by Stuart Menzies and directed by Colin Cairnes.

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