• Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander actor and writer. (NITV News)
Indigenous playwright braces herself to become the butt of her own jokes when Black Comedy relaunches on Australian television tonight.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
2 Feb 2016 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 2 Feb 2016 - 5:05 PM

In its second season, 'Black Comedy' promises to be bigger, bolder and blacker than ever before.

Playwright and star of the ground-breaking series, Nakkiah Lui, says the success of season one allowed her "to push the envelope."

“There really is no line when it comes to humour.”

“Like my Aunty, she gets devon and tomato sauce, and dips it into a cup of tea, and we all go 'that’s like advanced blackfella'.”

These uniquely Aboriginal traits are understood by ‘blackfellas’, who watch the show to poke fun at themselves and their culture.

Lui says a white audience might be left confused or uncomfortable, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“If you don’t laugh at it, you usually feel pretty uncomfortable. And then you have to think about why you don’t like it, and why you don’t find it funny? Then you have to ask questions.”

Lui believes – that through crude humour – she can contribute to national conversations around racism, sovereignty and recognition.  

“There's a real potency to delivering a message with a smile on your face ... it has a different way of penetrating the consciousness,” she said.

Despite being a victim of racism, Lui is convinced that "a racist has the capacity to change."

“Maybe they will watch our show and laugh at it, and realise that blackfellas are just like them, and reconsider their thoughts, motives and perceptions of Aboriginal people,” said Lui.

'Black Comedy' season one was the first Indigenous sketch show to hit Australian screens since 1973.

Series two will see the return of screen favourites Aaron Fa'aoso, Steven Oliver and Deborah Mailman.

Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs will make his Black Comedy debut, and big names like Jack Charles and Matt Day will make guest appearances.

The first episode can be seen on ABC, tonight at 9pm.