Jolly good laughs from festive tensions
The family Christmas serves up a feast of universal comedy gold, writes
GUY Edmonds joins new ABC comedy A Moody Christmas which follows the misadventures of an extended family as they gather each year over Christmas lunch.
‘‘I don’t have a lot of Christmas stories,’’ says Edmonds, who was born on the Gold Coast and reared by nomadic parents – dad worked in air services, mum as a midwife, in towns which included Townsville, Brisbane and Dubai.
‘‘We never really had the great big gatherings some of my friends had because my folks were always moving round. I think back over the past 10 years and I may have spent half of those Christmases with family. It’s never been a big deal. When we do get together, we tend to have smaller gatherings.’’
Edmonds, in fact, can think of just one Christmas celebration that might qualify as a plot-line for A Moody Christmas.
‘‘I was maybe 10 so I don’t remember too clearly, but it may be the reason we don’t do big Christmases,’’ he laughs.
‘‘Dad back then was in the army and he’d got all these great big army tents and set them up in the backyard ahead of this big outdoor party for everyone, colleagues, their families, anyone who didn’t have anywhere else to go.
‘‘We had 40-50 people there. Then during lunch one tent collapsed. No one was hurt but I remember the mess of people and food all under canvas, cake smeared everywhere.’’
A Moody Christmas plays out over six instalments, launching a week ago when it introduced a love triangle of sorts involving Ian Meadows as Dan Moody, Edmonds as his cousin Hayden and the later’s girlfriend Cora (Jane Harber).
Dan and Cora became better friends than they might have had Hayden not left Cora at the lunch where she knew no one while he joined his boss’s last-minute invitation to go sailing.
‘‘There are two very definite camps now,’’ says Edmonds of viewers’ take on the character. ‘‘One one side there are those who think Hayden’s a jerk – and to a certain extent they’re right.
‘‘There’s also those like myself who reckon he’s the way he is because of the world he lives in, which is a corporate money-driven world in which a man is measured on the number of zeros on his pay cheque.
‘‘As the series progresses, you’ll learn more about that.’’
Edmonds says the character-driven plotlines attracted him to the series.
‘‘I love comedy, but we don’t do a lot of it in Australia,’’ he says.
‘‘I think there’s a bit of a stigma attached to Australian comedy. People think we don’t do it well, or only do it in a broad caricaturey kind of way, which isn’t exactly true, but with this one you could tell from the get go these guys were trying to make something a little different, something with an international flavour.’’
Wednesdays, 8.30pm, ABC1.
Ian Meadows, Jane Harber and Guy Edmonds.