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Aussie comic Rebel Wilson enjoys super fun nights in America

By Bill Harris, Special to Postmedia Network

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Australian Rebel Wilson laughs shyly when asked if she sees herself as glamorous, now that she has her own American sitcom.

"I think I'm pretty feral," Wilson says. "A girl from the bush."

Well, you can have a Super Fun Night just about anywhere, I assume.

Super Fun Night, which debuts Wednesday on ABC and City, is a breakout vehicle for the 27-year-old Wilson, who is both the writer and the star. You'll recognize Wilson from her roles in the films Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, and she's the comedian who last week claimed she was banned from introducing Miley Cyrus at an event because Miley's reps didn't like the jokes Wilson was going to tell.

In Super Fun Night, Wilson plays Kimmie Boubier, which is one of the best sitcom names I've heard in a long time. For the past 13 years, Kimmie and her two best friends and roommates - Helen-Alice, played by Liza Lapira, and Marika, played by Canadian Lauren Ash - have lived sheltered existences. Instead of going out, they've had a standing date every Friday, a.k.a., their weekly "super fun night."

But when Kimmie, a junior attorney, gets a big promotion at her New York law firm, the door opens a crack to a wider array of social experiences. Should Kimmie attempt to expand her horizons? Does she try to include Helen-Alice and Marika in what could be a brave new world of parties and romance?

"The two (other) girls on the show are kind of based on two of my best friends from high school," Wilson says. "Yeah, I was extremely geeky. Very studious, very academic."

As a comedian, though, Wilson is as wild as they come. She'll do anything for a laugh, which contrasts with her soft-spoken humility when you talk to her in person. She says it always was her plan to leave Australia and come to North America to work in show business.

"Yeah, because there's no money in Australia," Wilson says. "You make more doing one episode of an American TV show than you would in a whole season in Australia. So it was a pretty easy decision.

"We don't have trailers. I was on a show in Australia and I had to buy my own outfits and stuff and come in my own clothes. In America you have people to do that for you. So it's really luxurious.

"I'm naturally a bit shy. So when I'm in character, it's like an expression of myself that I couldn't really do in normal life. It's kind of like a release, in a good way. I always think, it's not me, it's my character. So I never think about how I look, or if it's going to be embarrassing to me or my family."

You mean they have TV in the bush?

Primetime TV is turning "Rebel-ious" with Super Fun Night. You should check it out wherever you are.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

 


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