COMEDY FOR COMMUTERS
THERE is no doubting the quality of the cast assembled for Squinters, so I wished that I laughed more at this comedy from Adam Zwar ( Lowdown, Mr Black). Season two opens with the employees of the Kosciusko dispatch company – or K2 for short – dealing with the fallout from a US corporate takeover. Tina (Kristen Schaal from Bob’s Burgers) is the new CEO and it is chauffeur Brett’s (Stephen Peacocke) job to protect her. Lukas (Sam Simmons) has decided to get his forklift license after losing his redundancy money to an online scammer, much to the disgust of his aunt Alison (Genevieve Morris). Meanwhile, security guard Jess (Justine Clarke) wants hubby Macca (Justin Rosniak) to stop self-pleasuring, so she has the best chance of having a baby. Other staff travelling to and from work include Bridget (Mandy McElhinney) who is pregnant and preparing to meet the parents of Indigenous partner Gary (Wayne Blair). Bridget’s sister Amy (Anne Edmonds) reckons her sibling is racist because she has been watching too much Sunrise breakfast television. The show zips along, bouncing from one pair of commuters to another (all the scenes are shot inside cars). But the jokes don’t come thick and fast. One of the problems is that the same comic sensibility inhabits all of the characters so everything feels a bit same-same despite the talent that has been assembled.