HBO High on Aussie comedy

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HBO has acquired the hit Australian comedy series Summer Heights High.

The pay cable network will launch the eight-episode mockumentary series, created, written, and performed by comedian Chris Lilley, in June.

High chronicles high-school life through three characters, all played by Lilley: Mr. G, a self-important, high-strung drama teacher; Ja'mie, a haughty, private-school female exchange student; and Jonah, a delinquent, break-dancing obsessed student. The show was shot on location at a real high school and features real-life students and faculty.

It will run in a late-night Friday comedy block with HBO's new animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim during the offseason of Real Time With Bill Maher.

HBO is already tapping into the antipodean comic sensibility with the cult hit Flight of the Conchords, starring New Zealand actors Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.

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