Airdate: Problems

By David Knox on November 16, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 1

It’s been a while since we’ve had a local sketch show (let alone a good local sketch show) but Sam Simmons hopes to come to the rescue with his new comedy problems on ABC1 next week.

Problems will follow A Moody Christmas next Wednesday night at 9pm, great to see so much local content.

The show is Problems and it’s led by Sam Simmons, the undisputed master of suburban absurdity. This bald man with a questionable moustache has spent the last ten years crafting award-winning comedy, going from a cult hero on triple j to an international superstar.

Whether it’s wrapping his head in ham, serenading stuffed owls, or disco dancing in his own specially designed bread shoes, Sam Simmons is one of the most thrilling live performers in the comedy arena. He is an evangelical advocate for bringing ‘silly’ back to comedy.

In episode one of Problems – Taco Night, Sam is convinced that they have changed the seasoning mix in his favourite pre-packaged tacos. Sam sets out to get some answers. He fantasises that ‘Dr Mexico’, the man on the box, lives in a corn-based wonderland, but the reality proves to be something else. In the end it is something else that has changed. Meanwhile the Moths (Suzy Porter and Gary Sweet) down the back of Sam’s couch are locked in a loveless marriage.

Claudia O’Doherty attempts to convince people to buy fantasy portraits of themselves as an ‘accountant of the future’. Morgan (Anthony Morgan) and Mooney (Lawrence Mooney) wonder how much hair is too much hair to be growing off your block of cheese, and Dave (Dave Quirk) at Mall Bargains reveals himself as one of the country’s foremost googly-eyed-gumnut-man-makers.

9pm Wednesday ABC1.

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  1. Sydney2K November 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm -

    Sam Simmons looks like the psychic hero from the greatly missed Canadian show “Seeing Things”.

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