New locally-produced comedy series Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise begins on ABC in May.
The 10×15 min series sees White trying to solve the biggest problems facing everyday Australians: Democracy, Australia Day, Environmentalism, Capitalism, Gambling, Domestic Violence, War on Drugs, Foster Care, Terrorism, and Housing.
“It’s an extraordinary series,” says Rebecca Heap, Head of Distribution for Entertainment & Specialist.
“He tackles them through an amazing tone and style that he has, with a great comic perspective. He gets you thinking about important issues.”
The series is created by Corey White, who Best Newcomer Award at this 2015’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and featured in an Australian Story episode. It is produced by Guesswork Television and directed by Madeleine Parry, this is described as “a program made by a young team, exploring what it means to be a millennial anxious about what tomorrow may bring.”
Viewers can also watch the complete series on iview after episode one airs.
The world’s got some crushing problems; some overwhelming, terrifying, civilisation crushing problems. The best and brightest have been trying to solve them for decades, even centuries. The entire hive mind of humanity has failed to solve its most vexing challenges so maybe it’s time to turn to the next least best option and ask a three-time university dropout and ex-ice addict what he’s got kicking around in his solution box. The ABC did just that, and the result is Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise.
Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise is a brand-new series like no other, which will see comedian Corey White try to solve the biggest problems facing everyday Australians. Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise will set Corey on a collision course with conventional wisdom as he takes on an urgent structural issue in each of the series’ ten episodes. At the end of this series, Corey will have had a shot at fixing Democracy, Australia Day, Environmentalism, Capitalism, Gambling, Domestic Violence, War on Drugs, Foster Care, Terrorism, and Housing.
This series unites an array of voices that you rarely hear on TV and lives in a unique genre of its own combining expert interviews, comedy sketches and Corey’s raw monologues. Corey is spectacularly unqualified to propose how to fix the world’s most urgent problems, but that’s not going to stop him from having a go (plus he has his own Australian Story episode which he figures counts for something).
What Corey lacks in bachelor degrees he makes up for in life experience. Corey grew up in house filled with violence and after his mother died from a heroin overdose when he was just ten, he entered the foster care system full-time. During his time in foster care he was subjected to years of ongoing physical, mental and sexual abuse. It was so bad that when he ended up in a psychiatric hospital it was like staying in a fancy Airbnb.
When drug addiction didn’t work out for Corey, he turned to stand-up comedy, which it turns out he was pretty good at. So good in fact, his debut show The Cane Toad Effect saw him win Best Show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe and Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. Now Corey’s bringing his unique perspective to talk about the problems that keep him awake at night. He’ll offer you his overly confident solutions, leaving the question of viability to others.
Up until now someone with Corey’s story would be the subject of a doco, not the narrator. It’s time we heard what the world looks like from the outside looking in, perhaps helping people charged with making our world better see past the trough their noses are shoved in.
9:40pm Wednesday May 2 on ABC.