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No Ac­tiv­ity From Thurs­day, Stan

I wanted to go out on a limb and de­clare this the fun­ni­est new com­edy I’ve seen for years. But in fact it’s not re­ally go­ing out on a limb at all: that No Ac­tiv­ity is hi­lar­i­ous will soon be ap­par­ent to ev­ery­one. It is the de­but lo­cal pro­duc­tion from stream­ing ser­vice Stan and, let’s a face it, all the more re­mark­able for be­ing this funny and Aus­tralian. (I don’t like to kick at­tempts at com­edy, but the Com­edy Chan­nel’s Open Slather, for all the tal­ented peo­ple in­volved, is de­press­ingly un­funny.) Cre­ated by Trent O’Don­nell ( New Girl) and Pa­trick Bram­mall ( Glitch, Ruben Guthrie), the con­cept for No Ac­tiv­ity is a night-time po­lice stake-out, with cops, crooks and ra­dio dis­patch of­fi­cers an­tic­i­pat­ing a big metham­phetamine ship­ment that never seems to ar­rive. Only id­i­otic con­ver­sa­tions help to pass the time. The won­der­ful cast — Bram­mall, Dar­ren Gil­shenan, Genevieve Mor­ris, Har­riet Dyer, Dan Wyl­lie and David Field — de­liv­ers a largely im­pro­vised per­for­mance, some­thing they clearly rel­ish. (Wyl­lie’s char­ac­ter’s story about try­ing to find his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, made dif­fi­cult by how ”full of life” and ”pop­u­lar” his mum was, is a scream.) Later episodes will fea­ture Tim Minchin, Jake John­son ( New Girl) and Kat Stewart ( Off­spring). And it should put paid to the idea that online stream­ing is only a grave­yard for the sit­coms of yes­ter­year. Bravo.

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