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Humourist David Thorne signs TV deal with HBO


DAVID Thorne, the man behind worldwide viral humour hits such as the 7 Legged Spider and Kate’s Party, has signed a deal to co-create an eight-part TV series for HBO along with Arrested Development writer and producer Jim Vallely.

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Thorne, whose blog 27b/6 achieved worldwide fame for its absurdist office-based humour, started writing while working as a design director for a small design agency in Adelaide, South Australia.

“The eight part series is set in a design agency with characters from the website and has been described as a cross between The Office and Eastbound & Down. I would describe it more as a modern day Tom & Jerry. But it's not a cartoon. It does have a cat in it though,” Thorne said.

He also revealed he's working on a one hour snowboarding mockumentary with well known Australian comedian and satirist Chris Lilley of Summer Heights High fame, called Cold Feet: America's Bunny Slopes, which will release around September.

“Chris and I first met a couple of years ago at a function and share a similar sense of humour. In his words, 'We're like peas in a pod. Except I'm better looking, talented and famous.'”

Thorne says the mockumentary will be about two individuals who embrace the snowboarding culture to the fullest extent – but do not know how to snowboard.

“We shot over two weeks at five different US snow resorts earlier this year. Chris plays Derek, a Shaun White devotee to the extent of dying his hair red, while I play his best friend Josh who spends more time trying on different outfits and buying gear than on the snow.”

His first book, The Internet is a Playground, debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller List. His second book, I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs, sold more than double the copies of his first release during its first month on shelves.

The seven-legged spider on 27b/6

Kate's Birthday on Know Your Meme


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