Pilot gets girls a TV show

Greta Lee Jackson, Sarah Bishop and Adele Vuko create and star in the ABC's new comedy sketch series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.
Greta Lee Jackson, Sarah Bishop and Adele Vuko create and star in the ABC's new comedy sketch series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am. Patrick Stevenson

REMEMBER the women who made the hilarious viral video parodying the active wear fashion trend?

Well, they're back with their first TV show: Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

Adele Vuko, Greta Lee Jackson and Sarah Bishop make up the all-woman Skit Box comedy team, which is one of two successful graduates of the ABC's Fresh Blood comedy pilot competition.

Fresh Blood was created in 2013 to kick-start the careers of young comedy writers, performers and directors.

From the initial 494 submissions received, 24 teams were selected to make a series of shorts for Aunty's streaming website iView.

Five of the teams were then selected to produce a half-hour comedy pilot and from those just two pilots progressed to a full-series commission.

"At each stage you're not thinking about the end goal; you're just trying to make it through each round," Bishop tells me.

"It takes a while for your stuff to get seen by the general public. We really didn't start getting seen until (the YouTube video) Activewear, but we'd been making stuff two to three years before that."

Drawing on material from their live shows as well as collaborations with Christiaan Van Vuuren (Bondi Hipsters) and Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy), their six-part comedy dissects what we all think are "common'' problems that women encounter, from sexism in film and media, to how to break through the glass ceiling and dealing with awkward but routine bodily functions, the pay gap, the thigh gap and the Kate Moss tooth gap.

"We've been working flat out on it for most of the year," Bishop says.

From yoga mums and health bloggers to superheroes, '70s swingers, an all-female police force and the world's biggest pop band The Sheetles, nothing is off limits for the trio.

The series will also air in the US, where Bishop and Jackson both trained with Amy Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe, on the streaming website SeeSo.

"As much as we love going over there, it's also great to come back here and make comedy," Bishop says.

"It's an exciting time to be in Australia in comedy."

Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am premieres on ABC2 on December 8 at 9.30pm.

Topics:  television

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