From acclaimed Melbourne performers Ash Flanders (Lilith: The Jungle Girl) & Pete Paltos (Holding The Man), and director David Shane Morris comes this wickedly hilarious and heartfelt new web series – Friendly. Peeling back the layers on what it means to be a mid 30s gay man in Australia, get ready for a rip roaring, insightful and pop culture reference laden look at ourselves!
All five episodes of Season One have dropped on YouTube and you can watch ’em all below! (..And seriously, do it, they are hysterical!)
Just like your average teenagers – only queer and in their 30’s –
Peter and Ash learn, love and laugh in the face of a cruel and uncaring world.
Made up of five fast and aggressively funny mini-episodes, FRIENDLY is a new web series written, shot and performed by local Melbourne homosexuals Ash Flanders, Peter Paltos and David Shane Morris. Soaked in pop culture, rage and stupidity, FRIENDLY humorously examines the rarely seen world of Aussie gay male BFFs.
“The goal was for our audience to enjoy our annoying company as much as we enjoy annoying each other,” says actor and writer Ash Flanders (one half of Sisters Grimm, Melbourne’s premier stupid-smart queer theatre company).
Streamable on their YouTube channel, the series follows Ash and Peter – just picture a gay Beavis and Butthead with sociopathic undertones – as they tackle ALL the hard-hitting lyfe issues: heartbreak, eBay pickups, the crushing existential isolation of modern life, and just what WOULD you do if Tina Arena came at you with a knife?
Season One of FRIENDLY is now available to be streamed on YouTube, HERE. Season Two is currently in development.
Some comments from the good folks at STAREABLE
“There’s nothing else like this on the www. Loved it. Honest, funny and relatable (even thought I’m nearly 40, female and straight.)” – JANGEE
“FRIENDLY filled a space inside me I didn’t even know was empty.” – BESSIE
“ADDICTED. I AM ADDICTED. MORE, PLEASE. MORE.” – GENEVIEVECALLAGHAN
Ash Flanders is an award winning writer-performer based in Melbourne. As one half of independent theatre company Sisters Grimm he has co-written and starred in Lilith: the Jungle Girl (MTC), The Sovereign Wife (MTC NEON), Calpurnia Descending (Malthouse / STC) and La Traviata (Belvoir). His solo shows include Negative Energy Inc., Special Victim and Meme Girls. His short film The Divine Decadence Of Cheesecake was selected to be part of Frameline Film Festival and toured America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, winning Best Short Film at FilmOut San Diego.
Peter Paltos is a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio’s, Ward Studio NYC and the Victorian College of the Arts. He has appeared in works at the Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and Edinburgh fringe festival. Peter recently appeared in the film Holding The Man directed by Neil Armfield and can next be seen in the world premier of Christos Tsiolkas new play Merciless Gods in Sydney.
David Shane Morris is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and director with numerous short-films under his belt. His academic resume consists of a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and a Masters of Film & Television (Directing) from the Victorian College of the Arts; where he was the recipient of the Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate (2014).