Amazon Prime Video announced today at the Prime Video Presents event in Sydney it has commissioned the satirical, six-part, Amazon Australian Original sketch comedy series The Moth Effect, produced by Bunya Entertainment, Amazon Studios and created by Nick Boshier and Jazz Twemlow.
The aim? To remind people that life is too short to be taken seriously (thank you Oscar Wilde) and that in spite of all, laughter helps.
Creators Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters, Soul Mates, Beached Az, Trent From Punchy) and Jazz Twemlow (Tonightly, The Roast), the ingenious minds behind Nice Shorts are bringing a new kind of satirical comedy to 2021, going broader, bigger and funnier than ever before with a sketch show that goes above the news cycle. This experimental monthly show condenses current meaty issues, zeitgeisty vibes, and cultural catastrophes into quality, high production-value universal comedy.
Featuring sharply written sketch comedy, where no area is off limits, The Moth Effect pokes fun at social movements, parodies the worlds of breakfast and reality TV, the Aussie way of life, and much more, all with sheer comedic flair. Together with some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest talent including Bryan Brown, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Ben Lawson, Jonny Brugh, Peter O’Brien, Kate Box, Sam Cotton, Christiaan van Vuuren, Sarah Bishop, Nazeem Hussain, David Woodhead and Zoë Coombs Marr, The Moth Effect is set to deliver the finest sketch comedy for Amazon Prime members.
“We are excited to be working with Nick and Jazz on this hilarious new sketch show for Prime Video members in Australia and select countries across the world to enjoy,” said Tyler Bern, Head of Content, Prime Video Australia. “Australian humour is something that resonates with a global audience, as we’ve seen with our previous comedy specials, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the team creates. Supporting and nurturing Australian writing talent is something we’re incredibly proud of, as we continue to grow our Australian Original content roster.”
Nick Boshier, co-creator of The Moth Effect adds: “We wanted to create a series that taps into what’s on everyone’s mind, what’s not on everyone’s mind but should be, and we’re even putting stuff into everyone’s minds that they never wanted there in the first place! We are really thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video in delivering our material to a global audience and bringing a terrific team together who can write, develop and deliver great comedy.”
“Life is too important to be taken seriously,” a quote by co-creator, Jazz Twemlow who is quoting Oscar Wilde, “Finding humour in everyday situations and social observations that will entertain and offer a laugh in this crazy world we are in right now is an awesome day job.”
The Moth Effect is directed by Craig Anderson (Double the Fist, Review with Myles Barlow, Laid, Black Comedy) and Gracie Otto (Under the Volcano, The Other Guy, Bump). Produced by Lauren Elliott (KGB, Small Town Hackers, DAFUQ?) and Jordana Johnson (Nice Shorts), and Executive Produced by Sophia Zachariou (Nice Shorts, The Checkout, Gruen, The Chaser, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey). The series was written by Nick Boshier and Jazz Twemlow with a team of contributing writers including Sarah Bishop, Bridie Connell, Mark Humphries, Nazeem Hussain, Natesha Somasundaram, David Woodhead and Meg O’Connell & Ramsay David Nuthall.
The Moth Effect is launching one episode per month premiering July 30, 2021 on Prime Video in Australia and select countries around the world, with premiering globally later in 2021.