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Good evening and welcome to the Brisbane comedy festival, my name is ----- and I will be speaking to you comedy fanatics about the TV show Ja'mie Private School Girl.
Whilst Humour contains a psychological factor, it is largely of intellectual appeal. It finds its basis in our capability to recognize why something is funny or not funny. Humour also depends on human and societies norms that are understood by the viewer or present in modern society.
"Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood." Incredibly true words by Comedian Mary Hirsch and Ja'mie: Private School Girl is a prime example of Hirsch statement. Following the life of a wealthy teenager shows the impact that money and privilege can have on one's personality.
For those who haven't seen Chris Lilley's side-splitting TV show, you're probably wondering what makes it so funny? Well, for a young audience, in particular teenage girls, seeing a fully grown man act out the exaggerated behaviour of a well off school girl the irony is entertaining to say the least.
Using satirical humour, the hit TV show explores the issues of the upper middle class in Australia. Chris Lilley's character Ja'mie King comes from a wealthy family with a sister that she doesn't get along with a cheating father and an unappreciated stay at home mother. The first issue that arose was the dysfunction privilege could bring to a family. Ja'mie is constantly bad mouthing her mother yet always sucking up to her father who is the source of income for the family however in the families eyes Mrs King is a bit of an underachiever therefore the family doormat if you'd like. The show also allows the audience to see how money can sometimes cause people to become a bit self entitled which Ja'mie exemplifies. Through this self-entitled behaviour Ja'mie sees herself above the rules. She models this theory buy using her Prefect status to give herself and her friend advantages such as the prefect area and command other's around. However the show manages to make all these issues humorous by approaching them in a satirical manner.
This show came to my attention in 2013, all my friends were talking about it because for a teenaged private school girl like ourselves it was in some way relatable which made it all the more hilarious. However, when attempting to get my family hooked on it the way I was at the time, it didn't get quite the same reaction. My Mum and Dad didn't find her self-righteous personality quite as amusing as I did in fact they thought it was more disrespectful rather than funny. This outlook on the show could also be viewed the same by minorities that she insults and belittles throughout the show. Ja'mie: Private school Girl addresses topical issues in society, in particular ones that are controversial such as homosexuality, racism and bulling. Therefore creating a polarising effect on the audience.
Personally I've never really suspected any issues with the upper middle class. I've always just jumped to finding issues with either extremely low social classes or extremely high social classes but nothing in between. However, Ja'mie: Private School Girl definitely allowed the viewer to identify the issues in this particular social class, making this show unique by discretely ridiculing the class that constantly fly's under the radar.
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