The show you either love or hate
COMEDIAN Sam Simmons is in a Crumpler shop engaged in a furious argument over whether they’ll fix his broken bag strap before he leaves to play some UK dates the following day.
‘‘ They need to replace it!’’ he says emphatically.
It doesn’t sound like they’re going to replace it. It’s a weird start to a weird chat about his weird, but very funny sketch show Problems. It features a talking cat ( Ronny Chieng), two moths with marriage problems (Gary Sweet and Susie Porter) and a man riding an enormous taco.
Fans of The Mighty Boosh or Micallef will love it, others may not. ‘‘ People get really angry about it,’’ he says. Simmons is terrible at publicity and spends most of the interview making excuses for the show and responding to criticisms we haven’t asked about.
He wants people to know he hadn’t seen Wilfred when he wrote the talking cat. ‘‘ Then I watched an episode and I was like: ‘ Oh sh--.’ We just wrote what was funny.’’ He should instead focus on the families and the 50-year-old blokes who stop him on the street or in airports telling him how much they love it.
It’s surprising it’s as good as it is considering how fast it was made: commissioned as a single episode pilot in August, it was written in a blitzkrieg, expanded to four episodes, filmed in October and on air by November.
‘‘ We were greenlit. I was writing, then learning lines, then on camera, then straight into the edit,’’ he says. ‘‘ The best thing about this project is I’ve learnt a hell of a lot and I feel I’ve got the confidence to (go on and) make something quite extraordinary.’’ Problems, ABC1, tonight, 9pm