Josh Thomas gets straight to the point ............

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - Please Like Me: Thurs­days from Fe­bru­ary 28, 9.30pm, ABC1 Josh Thomas plays the Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val, at The Pow­er­house, from March 14-17.

CO­ME­DIAN Josh Thomas ad­mits he may have ac­ci­den­tally sneaked his gay com­edy se­ries Please Like Me past the ABC af­ter first pitch­ing it about a het­ero­sex­ual male.

Thomas says the ini­tial two-page treat­ment he submitted four years ago to ob­tain fund­ing con­tained a het­ero­sex­ual cen­tral char­ac­ter named Josh and his girl­friend Claire.

How­ever, in be­tween the fund­ing pitch and mak­ing Please Like Me his life changed and so did the sto­ry­line. Thomas, 25, re­alised he was gay and in­ad­ver­tently the show’s premise changed with Claire bumped from a main char­ac­ter to a bit part.

‘‘I started pitch­ing this four years ago and it was a two-page doc­u­ment,’’ says Thomas.

‘‘Four years ago I was straight as well . . . I had a girl­friend.

‘‘Four years ago Claire was in the show a lot more. It kind of, quite by ac­ci­dent, tricked the ABC into fund­ing this gay show.’’

While he plays Josh, Thomas says it’s not a bi­o­graph­i­cal se­ries, although his life ex­pe­ri­ences are sprin­kled through­out the se­ries.

‘‘I wasn’t try­ing to write about my­self, I was just try­ing to write a show that was good and what I wanted to watch on tele­vi­sion,’’ says Thomas.

‘‘It’s eas­ier to bor­row some things in life be­cause you want it to be hon­est.’’

Thomas uses the name Josh in the se­ries to fol­low the norm of other co­me­di­ans who have made se­ries and used their name as the main char­ac­ter.

He recog­nises there may be some ini­tial con­fu­sion with view­ers.

‘‘It is nor­mal for co­me­di­ans to have shows based on them and their names, like Se­in­feld and Louie,’’ he says.

Though the show is yet to air in Aus­tralia, Thomas re­ceived a sur­prise in­vi­ta­tion to screen Please Like Me at a film fes­ti­val in Europe. He is grate­ful for the in­vite but stumped as to how and why the se­ries at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a ‘‘French man’’.

‘‘It’s been in­vited to a film fes­ti­val in Europe al­ready and I’ve not sent it to any­body,’’ he says.

Since the show wrapped, Thomas worked on ma­te­rial for his new tour, Douchebag, which starts at the Ade­laide Fringe next week then heads to Bris­bane in March be­fore it trav­els to Mel­bourne.

Fans of his com­edy rou­tine may recog­nise parts of his stand-up work in­ter­wo­ven into the ABC se­ries. Again he is quick to point out that those anec­dotes are also works of fic­tion.

‘‘Peo­ple who have seen my stand-up will recog­nise bits of my life in the show be­cause there’s a lot of mean­ness in there, but it’s com­plete fic­tion,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s not how my life is – the way it hap­pened in the show.’’

Please Like Me stars Judi Farr and Josh Thomas

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