Chris Lilley’s latest show, Lunatics, has been out for a while on Netflix now and look, it’s not great to be honest. Unfortunately, it seems like there are some ungodly plans in store for Lilley’s Lunatics character, Keith Dick, because he was spotted hanging out with The Jonas Brothers in New York City.
TMZ spotted the trio hanging out with Lilley’s wannabe fashion designer character and based the rack of clothes that the quartet were lugging along, it suggests that they’re teaming up for some unholy collaboration or sorts.
Of all the things that could’ve happened in the world, Chris Lilley – dressed as a ridiculous character – teaming up with the Jonas Brothers and essentially being the fourth sibling for a spell is something no one could’ve predicted.
As for how this collaboration came about, no one actually knows. Maybe their management decided to hook them up for some reason. Perhaps they got to know each other when Joe was in Australia as a judge on The Voice Australia. Or maybe Lilley was wandering around NYC in character for some reason and happened to run into the trio, who are in the Big Apple promoting their new album Happiness Begins.
But regardless of how they met, we’re a little nervous about what is going to come out of this collab. The Jonas Bros are running high right now with their big comeback and the last thing they need is a team up with a “comedian” whose whole schtick basically involves running around in other people’s clothes – and occasionally blackface – and making awful jokes that he deems as “satire”. No amount of PR can spin that into something positive.
It’s not a stretch to say that Lilley and his brand of “punching down comedy” is one of Australia’s worst exports and surely the Jonas Brothers could’ve found someone better from Down Under to work with. But hey, if the trio intend to blow up their revitalised careers by doing something like collaborating with the man behind controversial characters like S.mouse rather than comedians like Hannah Gadsby, that’s their decision.
Look, let’s withhold judgment on whatever Lilley and the Jonas Brothers are potentially cooking up until it is dropped on us all. Having said that, I suddenly have a strong urge to see Frankie be brought back as the fourth JoBro rather than Keith Dick.