We Can Be Heroes, which starts airing April 4th 2010 on The Comedy Network was made before the other all Chris Lilley mocumentary Summer Heights High. In fact, one of the characters Chris Lilley plays here, Ja’mie King, reappears in the next show. If you liked Sumer Heights High and the all Chris Lilley all the time approach to comedy, you might like this 6 episode Australian comedy show which originally aired in 2005
The premise of We Can Be Heroes: The Search for the Australian of the Year is a documentary crew is following five of the nominees. They are of course silly people. Rapper and sheep farmer Daniel Sims is nominated for donating his eardrum to his deaf twin. Ja’mie King is a high school student who sponsors 85 African kids and does the 40-Hour Famine each week. 47 year old housewife Pat Mullins is a professional roll-on-your-sider and is out to establish a new rolling on your side record. Phil Olivetti nominated himself for rescuing nine kids from a jumping castle, and Ricky Wong is a star student with a secret life.
The first episode of this six part Australian comedy introduces the nominees. These are of course totally absurd people. The next shows seem to advance their profile a bit more.
You have to admit Chris Lilley is a talented actor. He is less so a writer so this is a funny enough but not funny enough show.
With only 6 episodes, We Can Be Heroes The Search for the Australian of the Year does not really overstay its welcome.