THIRD TIME LUCKY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - SEANNA CRONIN

Pa­trick Bram­mall hopes it’s a case of third time lucky in his quest to get Amer­i­cans laugh­ing at Aussie hu­mour.

The ac­tor and pro­ducer be­lieves he has fi­nally struck gold with the US re­make of his hit Stan orig­i­nal se­ries No Ac­tiv­ity.

“This is my third time repris­ing an Aus­tralian role in Amer­ica,” he says. “We did a pi­lot of Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, which didn’t get com­mis­sioned, and the one be­fore that was Strange Calls.”

Thanks to the back­ing of Will Fer­rell’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Gary Sanchez, Bram­mall and di­rec­tor Trent O’Don­nell have at­tracted a top-notch cast, in­clud­ing Satur­day Night Live alumni Fer­rell and Tim Mead­ows, Jake John­son, Amy Sedaris and J.K. Sim­mons.

Set against the world of a ma­jor drug car­tel bust, No

Ac­tiv­ity fol­lows two cops (Bram­mall and Mead­ows), two crim­i­nals, two dis­patch work­ers and two Mex­i­can tun­nellers.

“Amer­ica has a rich tra­di­tion of tak­ing Aus­tralian shows and not quite un­der­stand­ing them,” Bram­mall says. “That’s why it was im­por­tant for my­self and Trent to be the showrun­ners.”

No Ac­tiv­ity is avail­able on Stan

Pa­trick Bram­mall in Stan com­edy No Ac­tiv­ity.

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