Lilley is the Australian comedian, writer, and mastermind behind the bonkers shows Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, and Ja'mie: Private School Girl. Each of his shows follows the same schtick: They're mockumentaries in which Lilley plays every subject. So on Summer Heights High, Lilley played Jamie, a self-absorbed exchange student at the public school; Jonah, a struggling student; and Mr. G, a drama instructor. Perhaps you remember Mr. G's magnum opus, a play about the dangers of teen drug use.
With Lilley's new Netflix show, Lunatics, out April 19, Lilley's approach to comedy is set to go viral — for better or for worse. Because as popular as his shows were among some, they also generated significant controversy: Lilley has been called out for cultural appropriation for playing characters like Jonah, who was Tongan, in addition playing a Japanese mom and a Black rapper in Angry Boys. Others criticized him for trivializing the problems of teenage girls — problems that he's never had.
These are the six characters in Lunatics. Decide for yourself.