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ABC debuts new feminist Australian comedy

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am is a new sketch comedy created by the female comedy trio responsible for the viral Activewear video.

The video hilariously satirised the growing trend for exercise clothing and amassed about 30 million views.

"That was a big tipping point for us," Sarah Bishhop of Skit Box said.

"Last year, we were rehearsing for our live show in Bondi in Sydney and we noticed that a lot of women were wearing activewear, including ourselves, but we weren't going to the gym we were just rehearsing. So we ended up doing it in our live show and it was so well received that we filmed it two weeks later and put it online."

In Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am, the trio who have been working together as a comedy group for a few years, take traditional TV formats, like the cop show or half-hour American comedy show, and shine a light on their inherent sexism.

"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am is just one of many projects we're working on but we decided it would be the vehicle to really look at gender stereotypes and have fun with them," Bishop said.

"We didn't set out to make feminist comedy, but because we're women and it's a show written by women, we're just looking at the world from a female perspective. We didn't want to limit ourselves to just looking at things through that lens, although to shape the show we definitely found it was good to have a theme."

The show was made as part of ABC's Fresh Blood initiative to uncover new Australian comedy talent.

Skit Box are just one group currently killing it on the Aussie scene. According to Bishop, there are many more out there worthy of a look.

"I think we're in a really exciting time for Australian comedy. You've got shows like Please Like Me and the stuff Chris Lilley does which is killing it overseas. You've got all these amazing, upcoming comedians like Bondi Hipsters, Aunty Donna (a Melbourne comedy group) and they're all people who are in our show as well," she said.

"A few years ago it felt like if you wanted to work with the best and create really good work you had to go overseas, but now I think there's so much good stuff happening here there's a really good case for us to stay and collaborate with people here."

*Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am airs on ABC2 on Thursdays at 9.30pm and is available on iview

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