PLEASE LIKE ME: Josh Thomas as Josh Thomas
ABC is trying its hand at some more local comedy, this time in the form of a Josh Thomas penned series loosely based on the life of Josh Thomas. It’s what all the comedians are doing nowadays…playing fictional versions of themselves well according to Josh, but he’s kind of right.
We’ve seen Louis C.K, Sarah Silverman and Simon Amstell all play themselves, but not quite, now Josh Thomas is heading down the same road with his new 6-part series, Please Like Me.
Here’s a very long bio about the show.
‘With his 21st birthday just around the corner, life finally seems to be coming together for Josh (Josh Thomas). He’s sharing a house with his best (and only) friend, Tom (Tom Ward), his dog, John, and Tom’s rabbit, $haniqua, and he’s doing adult things like cooking roast chickens and eating asparagus.
But the events of one day throw his world into chaos. He’s dumped by his girlfriend, Claire (Caitlin Stasey), and introduced to a decidedly odd but very attractive man, Geoffrey (Wade Briggs). And when his divorced mum, Rose (Debra Lawrance), overdoses on pain killers, Josh is forced to move back into the family home to keep an eye on her. If that’s not enough, he has to deal with his dad Alan’s (David Roberts) guilt over his ex-wife and clumsy attempts to hide his new, younger girlfriend, Mae (Renee Lim). It’s all a bit more than Josh had planned for – which was just to plate up a tasty dinner.
All of a sudden it seems as though everyone’s lives are in disarray and Josh is at the centre of it all. For someone with an aversion to confrontation, drama and emotion in general, there are some big challenges ahead for Josh – challenges he can only deal with in his own awkward, self-centred, and always hilariously frank way.
Based on the award-winning comedy of Josh Thomas, the six-part series PLEASE LIKE ME is about cavoodles, custard tarts, boyfriends and girlfriends. Mostly, though, it’s about growing up quickly and realising that your parents are not heroes, but big dopes with no idea what’s going on – just like you.’
The below promos look quite promising. It has a very Grandma’s House vibe to it, let’s hope it provides the same laughs.
I haven’t seen Josh act before but I really came to enjoy his antics on Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, so I’m anxious but eager to see how this experiment turns out.
Please Like Me Premieres Thursday @ 9:30pm on ABC2.
Words by Dan