Chris Lilley

(Christopher Daniel Lilley)

Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
  • Born: November 10, 1974
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Comedian









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Australia has a thing where apparently it's fine for me to dress up as an Asian woman. No one has questioned that.
British comedy fans go crazy.
Fans feel they know me, so they want me to be on-the-spot funny, and it's hard to fulfil their expectations. Humor
Films do seem prestigious and glamorous, but when you create something, you want people to see it. TV still reaches so many more people; it still really appeals to me.
I didn't do very well academically; I was always in the bottom class.
I don't just want to upset people and shock people by saying something really outrageous.
I don't like to analyze what I do too much, but I certainly never meet a single person and say, 'You're the next character.' People think that's what I do. They also think that I sit down and observe and try to imitate random people. I've never done that at all.
I feel like I'm so normal. So normal it's boring.
I feel really qualified to write about Australia.
I find actors a little bit too self-conscious.
I find myself believing everything that journalists tell me.
I find teenage girls endlessly funny. Humor
I get asked to do stupid things like panel shows and talk shows and things.
I get bored with the constant probing for the cliched tears of the clown, the dark side of the comic.
I have a massive guilt thing about money. Money, Coins & Minting
I just do what I think is funny and what's exciting to me. Humor
I like playing all sorts of ages and genders.
I like the boundaries, the kinds of conventions of a documentary and having to work within that. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I met Kim Kardashian in a nightclub once, and she was really nice. Kanye was with her, but he didn't speak. He just looked at me.
I never like to think of any character as being over. I'm always thinking of different ways of bringing them back.
I really like Jeff Lewis and 'Flipping Out' and 'Interior Therapy.' I don't know why I'm obsessed with American real estate and renovation.
I think after doing a few shows now, people are ready to put me down.
I think my parents had a hard time dealing with me. Time
I think surprises make TV entertaining.
I was sure 'Summer Heights High' would be a cult ABC thing; I had no idea it would be such a big hit.
I went to a private boys' school, and we had girls in the last two years.
I would love to play a British character one day. My accent wavers between Scottish and Irish very easily, though. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you over-think, it affects things too much; I work instinctively, like painting in a way. Think too much, and you ruin everything. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'll probably be still playing a school girl when I'm 60.
I'm definitely attracted to the idea of people that have these big aspirations that the audience know might never happen, but they're lost in them.
I'm interested in youth culture - when your parents are running your life, but you think you're the big man - but I'm not trying to make a statement. Life
I'm not a big comedy show-watcher, but I love Ricky Gervais' stuff and Sacha Baron Cohen's things. But I'm not an expert on them. I've seen them once. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm not a big fan of 'Jersey Shore' and those kinds of shows where people are really playing up to the cameras.
I'm not interested in being one of those comedians who wants to look good and be this 'cool' funny person. I don't care how weird or ugly I look. Humor
I'm not really a management-type person. It doesn't suit my personality to be bossing people around.
I'm pretty lucky. I don't get too many haters.
I'm so independent in writing stuff and controlling what I do. Sometimes I get calls from people asking to be in their movie, but I'm always writing or editing, and I can never get around to doing it. I'm so much more interested in my own stuff. I think I drive my agent crazy.
I'm totally not media shy and do interviews all the time and go to events and totally play along and actually enjoy talking to journalists most of the time. Time
In Australia, I'm built up as this comedy hero, which was never my intention.
It takes me ages to write stuff.
It's barely OK for me to be dressed up as a black guy. But part of me kind of enjoys provoking people.
It's pretty awful being told you're a racist.
I've done signings where elderly people will line up to get photos with me and ask me to sign things. They don't even pretend it's for their grandkids. They're like, 'No, it's for me.'
I've met big-name actors doing Hollywood films, and they've said that all they want is an in at HBO and their own show.
I've never been a 16-year-old girl.
Like, Australians definitely don't walk around dressed up in blackface going, 'Ha-ha.'
Mostly, what I watch are reality shows and documentaries.
People are always nice; I never get anything mean said to me on the street.
People think that I'm some kind of genius who's got these statements to say, and... I'm not really.
People were making fun of redheads before I came along.
Playing girls is cool, but its a lot more fun playing boys.
Religious humor is not really my area, so I probably wouldn't do anything about that, or politics or something. Humor ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are bits of me in all my characters.
To be honest, after all the crap that happened with 'Summer Heights High,' I was like, 'I'm not going to write anything controversial or edgy ever again; I just can't handle the blame.'
When I was in school, I was always writing scripts and dressing up as characters. I'd constantly be that guy who'd get up on stage. I used to write imaginary TV shows, like soap operas, for fun.
When I wrote 'We Can Be Heroes,' I was just so excited about the concept of playing loads of characters, and a television series allows you to do that.
When no one knows you, and you're just trying to break into stuff, it's so good because you can write whatever you want and just say it; it's just between you and the audience. There's no process or worrying about anyone else interfering with what you're doing.
You can't get any better than TV on HBO, ABC and BBC3.
You feel the pressure of going to university because you need a back-up plan, which is why I enrolled.