WHITEBLACKATCHA Heads To Melbourne International Comedy Festival
On 03 April 2013
WhiteBLACKatcha boys and Andrew Saunders are preparing for this weekend’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Aboriginal comedy showcase Deadly Funny, which plays at the Melbourne Lower Town Hall from 3 pm on Sunday has invited Uncle Reggie (Grant Saunders) to open up this year's show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival with his unique welcome to country routine.
WhiteBLACKatcha features the talents of cousins Andrew Saunders, Jaycent Davis and Grant Saunders.
The premise of the Aboriginal sketch comedy is to throw deadly funny arrows at the police, Master Chef, hip-hop culture, The Voice, X Factor and even the entire royal family.
WhiteBLACKatcha has not been picked yet by a free-to-air television but they are already an internet sensation having their pilot series released on YouTube as well as a music video parody of One Direction.
"WhiteBLACKatcha aims to endear mainstream audiences to Aboriginal people by demonstrating that we as a nation are capable, in this post PC era, of laughing at ourselves, while taking the piss out of contemporary Australian society," says the writer/producer Grant.
The team, through a little seed funding from Screen NSW and Metro Screen, was able to produce a short TV comedy pilot where all these characters come to life on the internet via the team's Facebook page and You Tube.
On the local level they are phenomenal but it needs to be internationally aired to become what they truly deserve.
In WhiteBLACKatcha, or WBA, Aboriginal people are empowered by having the right to voice their perspective on society through comedy and unashamedly pump up these stereotypes to make a point.
"The point is that Aboriginal people can laugh at themselves as much as anyone else," explains Grant. "This show is about humanizing a people who are still on the fringes of Australian society and probably the most misunderstood people on earth,” he adds.
To put a small town on the map with their show, the team is making a marketing campaign trying to raise some money for a digital release.
They ask the fans to donate 5 dollars and, in exchange, they will do a five day workshop comedy and TV production with the WBA Team at your school, community or produce a comedy sketch.
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