Australian stand-up comedian, Sam Simmons, has begun production on his four-part sketch comedy, Problems, being produced by ABC1. The show will be shot across three weeks in Melbourne and is scheduled for on-air release in late 2012.
Problems, in typical Sam Simmons style, transforms minor annoyances of suburban life that we can all relate to, into outrageous comedic fantasies.
Simmons show About The Weather has been nominated for Best Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The ABC Statement says, "He comes to Problems direct from Los Angeles and ahead of a return season in About The Weather on London's West End. Sam is the undisputed master of suburban absurdism, a cult comedy hero, an evangelical advocate of bringing silly back to comedy."
Sam is joined in a dream cast by other established and emerging comedians such as Lawrence Mooney, Anthony Morgan, Claudia O’Doherty, Ronny Chieng, David Quirk and Laura Hughes. The show is being directed by Trent O’Donnell (Woodley, Review with Miles Barlow) and produced by Paul Horan (The Project, Rove Live).
Guesswork Television Executive Producer Kevin Whyte said: “It is incredibly exciting to be bringing Sam Simmons' peculiar genius to the screen along with his handpicked cast of Australia's most exciting and daring comedians. Problems once again see ABC TV backing Australian comedy talent."