Living here in Australia, settling down in front of the television each night is a somewhat tedious task, knowing you have to chose to watch either a repeat of CSI or another damned reality show! To turn on the TV one Wednesday night I was shocked to see that a new show had appeared - all the cast had Australian accents and the show was actually funny! It's basically an hours worth of improv acting - 4 guest stars (who have also dabbed in comedy) have around 4 minutes to turn sheer terror into comedy. They walk through a blue door, and are greeted by an ensemble cast member (usually unknown) and greeted by the tag line "Thank God You're Here". There are all different scenarios which the actors are greeted with - medieval times, cruise ships, Cleopatra, circus etc. Its just an awesome show to sit back and really watch the actors struggle or have a great time. And the actors are actually funny which is a real change from those sometimes boring American sitcoms. Some of the regular cast members are Angus Sampson, Peter Rosethorn, Akmal Saleh, Shaun Macalif and Frank Woodley. Ten out of ten, an awesome show! Bring on Season Two!
getting the ebst of the best in the oz comedy world and seeing them quickly react to a situation where they have nio idea whats going on... oh gawd, give me the cahnce, man, it looks like so much fun. its certiantly fun to watch. i personally love when they go with the flow, the more subtle humour the better, fifi box, awesome, hamish and andy, bring them back more often, they're all great most of the time. and the comedians who are tehre everyweek in the situations, they deserve more credit having to keep to their scenario yet go with teh flow, i can't believe tehy keep straight faces, brilliant, absolutely fabulous!
After literally thousands of different reality/game shows that there have been in the past 50 or so years, still another brilliant idea is founded. Thank God You're Here is a totally original Australian show which is where different celebrities walk into a room and have to follow a set up or skit. This show was so popular in Australia on Channel Ten that a major US network, NBC have made their own version of it. Season 3 of Thank God You're Here looks to be really, really good! Sometimes I couldn't be bothered to watch this show but when I do I enjoy it.
Now this really is the best Australian comedy in years. After almost nothing new from this country\'s television, TGYH shows that an experienced comedy team can deliver the goods again. Consistently funny and surprising, this is a show to watch.
There is very little completely original about this show, yet what they've put together is just enough to be great fun. Basically, they've taken theatre sports, or improv theatre (much like the UK/US show "Whose Line is it anyway?"), and turned it into a competitive gameshow, each week pitting four comedians (or recently general celebrities) in a test of comedy skill.
At first, I wasn't sure just how far or how long this concept could be extended. But the very simplicity of the format, combined with good guest selection, has marked it as a winner. From the team behind "The Late Show", "Frontline" and "The Panel", TGYH puts actor and comedian Shane Bourne in charge as the host, with only usual team member Tom Gleisner adding the other regular role.
Recent inspiringly funny guests have included Arj Barker, Cal Wilson and Alan Brough, as well as regulars such as Tahir, Angus Sampson and Frank Woodley. It's not really a scripted show (drama or comedy, what I usually prefer), but it is original, it is funny, and that's what we need more of on Australian television.
Thank God You're Here is a hit Australian TV show that went on to become a worldwide succuss. It's a simple concept of having a talented performer walk through a door live in front of an audience into an elaborate set that has a brilliant ensemble cast create a situation and throw challenging questions at the performer. The scene could be hilarious, unfunny or just painful to watch depending on the performer's approach but watching them react to this world they no nothing about always guarantees quality television. Perhaps the only bad part of Thank God You're Here is the fact that it's pretty easy to get bored of the show and if it were on any more than once a week the concept would get boring but thankfully it's only on once a week so our interest is firmly contained.
Populer recurring guests are; radio star Hamish Blake, actor Josh Lawson, comedians Shaun Micallef and Akmal Saleh as well as actor Angus Sampson. All of them deliver consistent performances although the squadrons of new faces are threatening the appearences of the old favorites. Thank God You're Here is justa brilliant reality/comedy show and whether it's done in Australia, Britain, America, Russia, Greece or wherever; the idea will never die.
My housemate couldn't understand why I was laughing so hard at a television show and why I would count down the days till the next episode was on....until he sat down and watched....he now understands :P
This is the funniest show I have seen in a very very long time. It brings back basic comedy from having scripted performances, into on the spot, improvised comedy. Like the good old days! A quick run down of the show: it consists of 4 actors. 4 seperate performances. One group task. And warm-up tasks in between. All judged. All in competition for the coveted TGYH Trophy. Do yourself a favour, and tune in when this show airs. I promise you won't regret it!
First off this is an awsome show, second of all who agrees there should be a best of the best, third it could use some new blood, i recently encounted a comedian Adam Spencer he is great and i think he should go on thank god your here he is very funny.
Thank God You're Here is easily the best quality comedy going around at the moment. This is proven by the numerous networks worldwide that are purchasing rights to the idea. Created by Working Dog Productions in Australia, who already have countless hits to their name, this show appeals to all demographics. While many shows aim their humour at one particular type of viewer, TGYH has something for everyone with different scenes and humour styles of the guests. It is a show that comedians and actors want to appear on, unlike maybe Dancing With the Stars or Celebrity Survivor. It is an opportunity to shine and promote their career, but at the same time there is the risk that they will crash and burn on national TV. It is fascinating to see the varying styles used by each guest in tackling the scenario. The whole format works so smoothly, not overdoing it with each performer getting an equal chance to perform and just the right amount of input from host Shane Bourne and judge Tom Gleisner. A pilot premieres on NBC in America in November, a chance to turn this small piece of brilliance into a world wide phenomenon.
This is without a doubt the best live television I have ever seen. To an outsider, the show isn't that easy to explain, but once you view an episode, you instantly become hooked.
The premise of the show revolves around a door through which a celebrity will walk through. This door will lead them into a room, where a scene is being acted out that they know nothing about, and they then have to try and bluff their way through the scene. Each episode has four celebrities, generally comedians, or those working in comic situations. The scenes are varied. It could be a talk show, meeting their partner's parents, on a spaceship, in a war, in a press conference, the variations are endless. The results are hilarious. After each celebrity has performed, all four go in to a group challenge. And the celebrity deemed to have performed the best by the judge, Tom Gleisner, wins the trophy.
The best performers, in my view, have been Frank Woodley, Peter Rowsthorn (his scene as captain of a cruise ship in peril was a classic), Angus Sampson (the definitive Thank God You're Here contestant), Julia Zemiro, Shaun Michallef (his most recent all-in challenge as a boy scout was hilarious - suggesting tattoos instead of badges), and Matthew Newton (in his winning performance as an illegal drag racer).
This is one of the funniest shows that you could ever see, and is one of my personal favourite shows of all time.
gosh, it is the funniest thing i've seen in a long time. Four comedians have to compete to win a trophy with a door on it. The idea is to go in to a set with the door closed so that you don't know what you are going to do. It is unscripted and unpredictable. As they enter the set the first thing the actors do is say "Thank God Your Here" and then state there problem or concern. Every set is unpredictable and can be anything from a playschool set to a country western set ( all that have been done). They preform three times by themselves and then go in on final group production which can be anything from superheros to knights of the round table. A hilariously unpredictable show. You will be laughing so hard that you cry at some of the things they say! A great example of Australian Comedy.
From the advertisements on TV, this show looked really interesting. I was really worried that it would turn out to be another stupid comedy show, put together by unfunny comedians. But I absolutely loved it!! The comedians they bring in each week are really hilarious and can think on the spot really well. After ten episodes, I'm hooked on the show and I can't get over how good it is. I'm so excited about the second season to hit the TV screen Wednesday night. It's going to be brilliant! The show is a smash hit all around Australia, if only all of the Australian comedies were this good!!!
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