SEC­OND FIDDLE CALLS HIS OWN TUNE

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Tom Glee­son has fi­nally struck pay­dirt af­ter years play­ing sec­ond fiddle on other shows.

Glee­son’s ABC game show Hard Quiz, which pre­miered Oc­to­ber 19, is a hit and looks set to go to a sec­ond sea­son.

The suc­cess comes more than 12 years since his TV de­but on Chan­nel Ten’s skitHOUSE sketch com­edy show.

Since then, the pop­u­lar stand-up co­me­dian has made guest ap­pear­ances on ev­ery­thing from Good News Week to The Pro­ject and The Glasshouse, but has never snagged his own show.

Hard Quiz, an ex­panded quiz-style spin-off from Glee­son’s Hard Chat seg­ment on Char­lie Pick­er­ing’s The Weekly, has changed all that.

“I’ve had peo­ple telling me I should have my own show for the past 10 years but I’ve been in failed pi­lots that go nowhere or get­ting close to the host role and com­ing sec­ond,” he says.

A sec­ond sea­son of Hard Quiz seems a mere for­mal­ity, though there has been no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

“It looks promis­ing,” Glee­son says. “If we do make it next year it would be af­ter The Weekly. We’re do­ing 20 episodes of that from the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary.”

WATCH HARD QUIZ, ABC, TONIGHT, 8PM

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