DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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IT’S like that thing peo­ple’s moth­ers did or do where they catch you smok­ing cig­a­rettes and forcibly make you con­sume a packet of Hori­zon 50s in one sitting: Daniel’s mother hears him say­ing ‘‘ fag’’ once too of­ten and ar­ranges manda­tory time spent with a known ho­mo­sex­ual.

And what if it has the same out­come? That is, Daniel takes to gays like a duck to wa­ter.

is How this will turn out any­one’s guess.

Well, not mine, I’ve watched this episode of An­gry Boys. The boy’s name is Henry, an ‘‘ ac­tual teenage homo’’, in Daniel’s words, and they go to the same school and their moth­ers are friends. It couldn’t be more nat­u­ral.

Ex­cept ob­vi­ously it’s not nat­u­ral at all is it? Not in Dunt.

Nathan’s not in­cluded in this ther­a­peu­tic pro­ject, but he is on hand with his cam­era, record­ing it for Face­book.

They’re very close, the twins. ( How close, Daniel’s at­tempt­ing to find out through a se­ries of not-very-sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments.)

Also un­der­go­ing some per­sonal re­struc­tur­ing is S. Mouse, who via the terms of his re­strain­ing or­der (as a re­sult of his is­sues with Lasquisha) is do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice at an el­e­men­tary school.

Very funny: Lilley as S.Mouse.

The teacher in­tro­duces him as a spe­cial guest who’s go­ing to teach them a valu­able les­son about right and wrong.

His en­su­ing cau­tion­ary song is about pae­dophiles.

If the ABC still had the phone on it’d prob­a­bly get some calls about it. It’s very very funny.

It’s dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate these char­ac­ters here, but S. Mouse is giv­ing us some fan­tas­tic stuff. His per­form- ance at the school tonight is a tremen­dous dis­play of delu­sional ego and Lilley nails it.

I won­der if there’s not a tiny bit of Chris Lilley in S. Mouse. The dif­fi­cult fol­low-up af­ter the smash hit that came be­fore it ( Slap My El­bow/Sum­mer Heights High), the pres­sure to regurgitate the same thing ver­sus the artist’s need to grow.

An­gry Boys, ABC1, 9pm

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