When I heard that Stan was making an American version of its hit original series No Activity I was… hesitant.
Our Aussie sense of humour doesn’t always translate well for the American audience (*cough* Kath and Kim *cough*).
They don’t always understand our penchant for taking the p**s out of ourselves and finding humour in the littlest things.
And they don’t always get Australia’s casual, toned-downed approach to comedy.
But then something bloody amazing happened.
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The US has taken one of our homegrown comedies, put their lil’ American twist on it, and the result is actually thigh-slappingly funny.
No Activity stateside just works. The series, which was created in conjunction with Will Ferrell’s production company Funny or Die, stays very true to its Australian roots but serves up American-style laugh-out-loud comedy.
It follows the peripheral players in a major sting operation, mostly focusing on two police officers played by our very own Patrick Brammall and Saturday Night Live’s Tim Meadows.
The cops interact with each other and their dispatch officers, played by comedians Amy Sedaris and Sunita Mani. They also have some very funny interactions with an overzealous security guard.
Meanwhile, hidden away in a shipping container three small-time crooks, played by Jesse Plemons, Jason Mantzoukas and Will Ferrell, are also shooting the breeze while they wait for orders from their employers, a pretty damn scary Mexican drug cartel.