That’s So Quiche — Chris Lilley Is Launching a New Ja’miezing Podcast
Fans of Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie King will love this news because the controversial comedy star is releasing a brand-new podcast, bringing back his most popular character, Sydney private school girl Ja’mie King.
“So this podcast is an assignment for uni and I really need you to subscribe to it so I pass my social media subject,” Lilley wrote on a newly created Facebook page for the podcast.
“Seriously. It’s gonna be a weekly thing and I’m gonna give you tips on beauty and relationships and crap like that. I’ve got a lot to tell you. Also. Sorry if anyone’s offended. I’m trying hard to be woke but like no offence if I offend you.”
The first episode of the podcast is called No Offence, so we have a good idea where this is going…
“I’m young, white, hot – and I’m Ja’miezing,” she says, before explaining that she has “moved into the influencer space”.
Lilley teased the news on April 6 on his official Facebook account, posting a video montage full of photographs of arguably his most infamous (and popular) character who starred in the Ja’mie: Private Schoolgirl miniseries.
When we last we saw Ja’mie, she was in year 12 at an exclusive private girls’ grammar school in Sydney’s very wealthy North Shore district.
The series was both written by and starred Lilley, who had found fame for his various caricatures in We Can Be Heroes on the ABC.
The original series premiered in 2013 and was later showed in both the US on HBO and the BBC in the UK.
Bringing back Ja’mie may be seen as a risky move for Lilley who has had his fair share of critics, including being called a “Transphobic drag” when it was released in the US.
After backlash surrounding his depiction of several controversial characters, Lilley responded on his official Facebook and YouTube pages by posting a deleted scene from Jonah From Tonga, entitled Theresa Takalua. He posted the video without any context or caption, so his intention for posting was not quite clear.
On June 29, 2021, former Tongan schoolboy Filipe Mahe claimed that he was the subject of the 2004 documentary series and said that Lilley had based the character on him.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he said he felt “embarrassed, full of hate, angry and exploited” after he first watched Summer Heights High.
Mahe had appeared in a 2004 ABC documentary called Our Boys, with the first episode centred around the teen, who was a “charismatic and cheeky Tongan schoolboy having a tough time because of his reading, writing and family difficulties at Sydney’s Canterbury Boys High.”
According to the now-33-year-old, Lilley came to his High School and sat in classes, all in preparation for his new mockumentary.