Josh Thomas’ ‘Please Like Me’ Wins Logie Award For Best Comedy

Comedian Josh Thomas’ ABC series Please Like Me has won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Comedy Program.

The show, which began in 2013 and finished last December with a tear-jerking conclusion, was loosely based on Australian comedian Josh Thomas’ experiences of coming out as gay and living as a queer Australian twenty-something.

Accepting the gong at the Logies ceremony on Sunday night, the show’s producer Todd Abbott thanked the ABC for supporting the show.

“I think we made people laugh. I know we made people cry,” he said.

“I hope we have helped people to realise it’s okay to talk about, laugh about and understand mental illness.”

Actress Debra Lawrance also won the Most Outstanding Supporting Actress Logie for her portrayal of Josh’ on-screen mum Rose, who was living with bipolar disorder.

“Rose has bi-polar, but she’s funny. If you play it authentically, bi-polar people can be funny,” she said.

“At no point was Josh laughing at her. He was laughing with her. We have to remember that this was based on his mum… it’s a situation Josh is experienced with.”

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Josh told his Twitter followers he was on holiday in Thailand and wasn’t able to attend the Logies ceremony but he tweeted: “I love kitsch! I’m so happy to have a Logie!”

During its run Please Like Me also won local AACTA Awards during its run and was nominated for an international Emmy award in 2014.

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