“The Hundred may have skewed a little bit queerer on this episode”

A second Pride episode on The Hundred with Andy Lee flies the rainbow flag and gets a little risque thanks to its wicked panel.

Tonight The Hundred with Andy Lee screens its second Pride episode in which questions and participants adopt a celebratory theme ahead of Mardi Gras.

On the panel, performer extraordinairre Courtney Act joins acerbic comedian Joel Creasey and self-confessed bogan Sophie Monk.

“Sophie and I often get confused for each other,” Courtney Act tells TV Tonight.

“Joel and I often get confused for each other, so to have all three of us on the panel side by side, I think we’ll finally lay to rest a lot of questions the Australian public have about our respective identities!

“I love both of them and I always have fun whenever I see them. I think we just egged each other on had a good time.”

The Hundred, which consists of both LGBTQIA+ and allies, will face a range of topics around dating, dancing, celebrations and more.

“I don’t think it’s a legal definition but a proportionate representation of the populace. Although I feel like we may have skewed a little bit queerer on this episode,” she explains.

“For me, it’s a Celebration, an opportunity to have a theme, like Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Easter. It’s a good excuse to have some fun.”

In keeping with its later timeslot, Courtney Act admits sometimes the punchlines were fairly risque.

“Andy just graciously tried not to look too shocked, particularly at Joel and I with some of our answers,” she continues.

“I remember there was a lot of laughs and a lot of things that I thought,’That won’t make it to television!’

“To the question ‘24% of Australians have done what on the dance floor?’ my answer was ‘Get fingered!’

“You’ll have to tune in to see whether I was right or not.

“And Andy didn’t know what a sl*t drop was, so I did that. But because I was sitting behind a desk. I didn’t have my high heels on and I was wearing crocs.”

By the end of the episode Andy Lee tells LGBTQIA+ friends and families, ‘Know that we stand with you, we celebrate you and we love you.’

Meanwhile Courtney also co-hosts ABC’s Live broadcast of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade for ABC on Saturday.

“I am excited slash nervous! This is maybe my 5th or 6th (broadcast), but I’ve always been like the man on the street. I’ve got the best seat in the house. I remember one year I felt like Beyonce with courtside seats because I had a little sunlounge chair. I was just sitting there, watching the parade go by and I’d go and chat to somebody in touch. It was just such a low responsibility role,” she recalls.

“This year I’ve been upgraded to anchor. Mon Schafter and I will be anchoring the whole three and a half hours of live TV and that feels like a real honour and a real responsibility and I’m really excited for it.

“But Live TV is kind of like jumping out of an aeroplane, but for three and a half hours. So I’m spending this week reading about all the floats, getting all the background, finding about all the important things that are going on politically in Australia and around the world to make sure that I do justice to all the important stuff as well.”

The Hundred with Andy Lee airs 9pm Tuesday on Nine.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade Live 7:30pm Saturday on ABC.

8 Responses

  1. Yes I have been a member of this site for 14 years, and have seen it “change” , I have had comments not posted on several occasions. Which of course is your right, as it’s your site. Of course CEOs would “express such” they are playing it safe. If they didn’t they would be “cancelled. ” It’s all virtue signalling, why can’t we all just be Australians, why do people demand we are broken down to tribes, to our identity. Identity politics is a cancer on our society.

    1. It’s actually easier (and preferable) for me to approve than not approve, but using anonymity people sometimes submit offensive, defamatory etc comments so there are lines in the sand. But there’s over 500,000 comments approved. TV needs to reflect its shifting audience, as it does here and overseas, evolving since 1956.

  2. This seems like a desperate ratings grab by Channel Nine — and to “theme” it along side Chinese New Year and Easter.

    I wonder how those episodes would work: A panel of two Chinese comedians and Sophie, maybe for Easter they can have two Christians (or a Christian ally) and Sophie.

    A good excuse to have fun, aye? Chuck a rainbow on it and call it LGBT for Mardi Gras.

    1. The Hundred first did it as part of World Pride, so this is the second. I wouldn’t call it a desperate ratings grab, as you’re implying ratings will go up as a result, and frankly the show is already winning its slot. On the one hand we want networks to embrace diversity, on the other hand they get criticised when they do? If it was to have a Lunar event then you’d look to broadly appealing comedians just as they have here. Some of the LGBT questions tonight are a bit wide of the topic, but there is definitely diversity on screen and Andy’s closing note was lovely, along with a link to MardiGras website. At the moment Nine is doing more for MG than many other networks.

      1. Diversity and inclusion just catchphrases of the left. You make it sound that 9 should be congratulated for “ doing more for MG than any other network”, how stunning and brave of them. Next virtue signaling show please. Will this comment get posted, somehow I doubt it, it doesn’t conform to the “ groupthink”

        1. You may believe they are catchphrases but CEO statements have continually expressed such, because if you don’t reflect the audience you arguably run the risk of failing to attract viewers / advertisers. I didn’t say “any other network” I said many. The site has literally thousands of approved comments I don’t personally agree with, as long as they meet site policy. It’s interesting when people ‘dare’ me to post they never bother to acknowledge they presumed wrong. Site and moderation can’t be that bad given you’ve been commenting for 14 years?

        2. Only people who see themselves represented in the media every single day think it’s virtue signaling when networks make an attempt to show diversity and inclusion to minority groups. As a gay man, when I was growing up, I never saw people like me represented in the media, unless it was a negative story about AIDS. Consequently, the realization of being gay myself was terrifying and isolating. I don’t expect any of this to change your mind but it needs to be pointed out that seeing yourself represented in the media in shows like this does make a difference to many many people.

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