Chris Lilley (comedian) : biography
Christopher Daniel Lilley (born 10 November 1974, Sydney, Australia) is an Australian comedian, television producer, actor and writer. He is best known for his creation and portrayal of several characters in the mockumentary television series We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year, Summer Heights High, and Angry Boys.. TV.com. Accessed 4 July 2008.. The Age. Accessed 4 July 2008.
Lilley was raised in Turramurra, New South Wales and attended Pymble Public School. He later studied at Barker College, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Contemporary Music) with a Diploma of Education from Macquarie University in Sydney, when he graduated in 1997. He began his career performing stand-up comedy. He currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria. Chris is a vegetarian.. IMDB. Accessed 3 May 2012.
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In 2003, Lilley made his debut in Big Bite, a Seven Network comedy programme, in which he portrayed extreme sports enthusiast Extreme Darren and the high-school drama teacher Mr G, a character that he continued in Summer Heights High. Big Bite was nominated for Best Television Comedy Series at the 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards, marking the first time a comedy programme from a commercial television network had ever been nominated at the Australian Film Institute Awards. It did not win. The producers co-credited Lilley however the show lasted only one series before being spun off into a comedy/variety programme. Lilley was a recurring guest on the programme, but it was cancelled after only a few episodes. He is known for playing a variety of different characters in each of his shows.
Lilley has been acknowledged for "[his] awareness and expression of controversial issues and not exploiting them for laughs.". Herald Sun. Accessed 4 July 2008.. NineMSN News. Accessed 4 July 2008.
Lilley appeared in the film satire, Ned based on Ned Kelly. He appeared as the "MSN Butterfly" in a series of television advertisements and Cinema for MSN. He has also appeared on the Hamish & Andy radio show.
We Can Be Heroes
After the cancellation of Big Bite, Lilley created We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year, a six-part series on ABC Television, in which he portrayed various characters nominated for the Australian of the Year Award.. Stand and Deliver". Accessed 4 July 2008.
Lilley portrayed several characters in the series: Phil Olivetti, a self-obsessed police officer; Ricky Wong, a Chinese Australian college physics student from Melbourne; Pat Mullins, a 47-year-old housewife with a dream to roll on her side from Perth to Uluru; Daniel Sims, a teenage boy who donates an eardrum to his deaf twin brother, Nathan (both Daniel and Nathan later appeared in "Angry Boys"); and Ja'mie King, an arrogant girl attending a private high school in Sydney (Ja'mie later appeared in "Summer Heights High").
Lilley was nominated for Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actor in Television at the 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards, and won the Best New Talent and Most Outstanding Comedy Program awards at the Logie Awards of 2006. He also received a Rose d'Or award in Switzerland for Best Male Comedy Performance. Following the series' success, it was sold to other countries under the new name, The Nominees.
Summer Heights High
Lilley achieved overwhelming success for his second mockumentary series, Summer Heights High,. Live News. Accessed 4 July 2008. which aired on ABC TV in 2007.
In the series, Lilley played the series' three main characters at a public school (depicted in the series as inferior to private schools). In March 2008, Lilley released a single, Naughty Girl, based on the series and performed in character as the Summer Heights High drama teacher, Mr G.. Chaos.com. Accessed 4 July 2008.
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