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Making Black Comedy

ABCTV’s new series Black Comedy premiered last night and featured a long list of Metro Screen alumni amongst the cast and crew including, Jon Bell, Nakkiah Lui, Bjorn Stewart and Elizabeth Wymurra. Elizabeth took some time out out to fill us in on her experience as a writer, actor and director’s attachment on Black Comedy.

The beginning:  I first got involved with ABC's Black Comedy, when ABC put a National call out for funny black people. At the time, I had just finished directing my comedy film Woollo through Metro Screen, and was then Director's Attachment to Sapphires Director and Metro Alumni Wayne Blair on the first series of Redfern Now. At the time a few of the mob around the traps had approached me and asked if I was going to apply, and I said yeah maybe. But I didn’t think I would really, coz I didn’t think I was funny enough to do sketch comedy.

In the end, I ended up emailing my CV and online examples of my work (I think) to the E.P. Kath Shelper. Next thing I knew I was off Redfern Now and heading to the Black Comedy writer’s Workshop.

Sketches to Pilot:  There were funny people everywhere, and as a team we created some fresh sketches and then hussled together to shoot the Black Comedy pilot. That pilot ended up getting the green light from ABC execs to then become a series, Woohoo!!! We did it!!

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