Ins and outs of relationships
This week, you can see Matt Okine struggling with cooking a vegetable curry with chef Christine Mansfield (Thursday, 8pm, ABC) and struggling with life in general as AJ in The Other Guy, a newly commissioned comedy that debuts on Stan on Thursday.
It is a familiar conceit: AJ is a radio host who had been in a long-term relationship with Liv (Irish actress Valene Kane, Rogue One) until she cheated on him with his best friend and flatmate Henry. Liv is now planning to return to Ireland, while Henry appears to have won all the mutual friends in the “divorce”.
In the meantime, AJ has a new flatmate, Stevie (Harriet Dyer, who also stars in Stan’s other original comedy, No Activity, which is being remade by CBS in the US). Stevie is a generally poor influence on AJ — her drug dealing and potty-mouthed boyfriend are a big part of that — but appears to be the only friend he’s got. The Other Guy
It would be fair to describe the brand of comedy as poignant rather than the laugh-outloud variety (even though most of the plot in episode one is concerned with whether it was AJ or his casual sex partner who urinated in their shared bed).
Okine has previously nominated comedians and actors Donald Glover and Aziz Ansari as influences; the comparisons in terms of tone, pacing and detachment between this show and their respective series Atlanta and Master of None are obvious.
Meanwhile, Stan recently announced a television remake of the 1992 film Romper Stomper, which will star Jacqueline McKenzie, Lachy Hulme and David Wenham. The local streamer clearly means to extend its lead in the locally commissioned content stakes. streaming on Stan from Thursday.
Matt Okine brings a poignant brand of humour to his latest show,