BOX­HALL MAKES OWN WAY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Advertisement - Holly Byrnes

WHEN Josh Thomas first hit our TV screens, in the com­edy panel show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion, the Queens­land-born ac­tor sparked early wa­ter­cooler chat for his strange hy­brid ac­cent.

Re­plac­ing him as the youngest team cap­tain on Nine’s new re­make of the se­ries, Lau­rence Box­hall can at least present a Bri­tish pass­port to ex­plain his “le­git” es­tu­ary English, he tells TV Guide.

Mov­ing to Aus­tralia from the UK in 2006, the 21-year- old has pur­sued lo­cal act­ing roles which re­quired him to sub­vert his nat­u­ral di­alect and speak with a lo­cal twang – ad­mit­ting it can go awry, a la Meryl Streep in the Lindy Cham­ber­lain biopic Evil An­gels.

“I go full Streep and when I Streep, I Streep hard,” he jokes.

The son of an Army of­fi­cer, the fam­ily moved around Eng­land of­ten, so while he does “have a weird [English ac­cent],” he says, “it’s not as non­de­script as Josh Thomas.”

Cast to rep­re­sent the new Gen­er­a­tion Z, op­po­site Andy Lee (Gen­er­a­tion Y) and Robyn But­ler (Gen­er­a­tion X), and host Shaun Mi­callef, Box­hall says he was in­vited to ap­ply for the job back in 2016 – se­cur­ing the gig after two au­di­tions and a pi­lot record­ing.

That “mock tap­ing” was along­side But­ler, with Lee mak­ing a point of the fact he was signed to the show on rep­u­ta­tion alone.

“He brings that up all the time. He goes ‘ I’m quite a big deal, I didn’t have to audition.’ And we go, ‘ We get it, Andy ... you know [comic part­ner] Hamish [Blake], that’s fine.’”

While the new se­ries fea­tures all new games and cross-gen chal­lenges, the pi­lot saw Box­hall tested with an old game which asked con­tes­tants to iden­tify TV fam­i­lies by their dogs.

He may not have al­ways got them right, but he al­ways had a an­swer, he says.

“I think I called any of the dogs I didn’t know ‘ Keith’ just be­cause that’s sort of my de­fault name to go to ... mean­ing no dis­re­spect to any­one out there named Keith.”

TALKIN’ ’ BOUT YOUR GEN­ER­A­TION 7.30PM, MON­DAY, NINE

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