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Boys Behaving Badly

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Boys Behaving Badly

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CHRIS LILLEY'S FOLLOW-UP TO SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH IS SO WRONG, IT MUST BE RIGHT.

In one of Chris Lilley's appearances as Jen Okazaki - one of six characters he plays in his new mockumentary series Angry Boys - the Australian comedian, in a women's suit, pearls, and a straight black wig, is unscrewing the lid of a pink plastic penis and shaking it upside down. "This is for the parmesan cheese," he says, using a demure Japanese accent. "Take it off, shake it on your pasta."

In the absurd menagerie of television characters that Lilley has written and performed over the past six years, Jen is the most diabolic. An archetypal Tiger Mother, she exploits her teenage son, Tim, the world's first gay skateboarding sensation, to create a merchandising empire of cock-shaped products (parmesan cheese shaker included) in Tokyo. Except Tim isn't gay - Jen forces him to act the part as a marketing tactic.

"I think people are too confused to know whether it's offensive or not," Lilley says. He's no stranger to impersonating ladies (see: Ja'mie King, the vicious, narcissistic private school girl who brought the word "fugly" back in 2005's We Can Be Heroes and 2007's Summer Heights High). …

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