Tom Mepham and Luke Poustie meet Chris Lilley in Melbourne nightclub.By Chloe Warburton
Two Shepparton mates had a blast with enigmatic comedian Chris Lilley when they met him in a bar in Melbourne this year.
Former Notre Dame College students Tom Mepham and Luke Poustie were in a nightclub in Melbourne in February when they realised Lilley was standing nearby.
The reputedly shy comedian and producer created smash-hit television shows We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys. All have caused controversy, but have also been praised for their originality and fearlessness.
Lilley played several different roles in each show. Tom said he and Luke approached Lilley and ended up in a conversation with him.
‘‘We saw him standing there and asked him for a photo and we ended up talking to him for about half an hour,’’ he said.
‘‘He bought us drinks and we mainly talked about his shows. He was acting out the characters for us. We tried to get some info out of him about his new show, but he kept pretty quiet.’’
That new show is Ja’mie: Private School Girl, which revisits one of Lilley’s most popular characters — the stuck-up, arrogant and catty private schoolgirl Ja’mie King, played by Lilley himself.
Ja’mie was a main character in We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High and the six-part series will follow her exploits when she finds herself back at a public school for her last year of education.
Lilley is known to be reserved and quiet on set and in interviews and Tom said he was quietly spoken at the nightclub.
‘‘He’s a lot shyer than in the shows. He’s shyer than what I expected,’’ Tom said.
‘‘It was sort of ‘what you see is what you get’ with Chris. He was an absolute legend.’’
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