Series: Thank God You're Here

Thank God You're Here is as an Australian TV show from Working Dog Productions, in which several famous actors have to improvise their way through a random situation. Hosted by veteran Aussie actor Shane Bourne, each episode of the Australian original features four prominent members of the Australian entertainment business thrown into bizarre scenes. The performer is dressed in an appropriate costume, sent through a blue door into small set where they are greeted with the words "Thank God you're here" and expected to completely make up their names, answers to questions, songs, speeches, ideas etc., often with hilarious results.

They are then judged by Tom Gleisner, who always manages to give everyone a high score.

Once every performer has done his or her situation, the entire cast is thrown in to one last scene together for the All-In Group Challenge. The cast usually end up playing idiots or Jerkasses, or frequently both, just for the humour in watching them justify it. Occasionally, the performer will never try to justify any horrible thing their character did, and will just be even worse. It's always hilarious.

Good performers often create ridiculous lines like, "My grandfather actually lost a leg in the war. It wasn't his, he was a medic." or in an All-In Group Challenge where they were Vikings:

Ken the Conqueror: It slices, it dices. But wait there's more. It also works as a — Ken?
Ken Who Tried to Conquer Some Stuff But It Didn't Work Out: Killing thing.
Ken the Conqueror: So when you're attacking by the enemy, don't stab him, slice him and dice him, pop him in the freezer and have him a bit later on.

The fourth season ran on a different network after a year-long break on the part of the producers. The show has been sold to 13 different countries, with results varying wildly.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Affectionate Parody: 90% of sketches, covering everything from Star Trek to Twilight.
  • Asspull: As stated above, the whole point of the show.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Once it became clear that some cast members (like Nicola) were up for it, a lot of the guests tried to get a kiss into their piece. Sometimes this was blatantly encouraged by the cast, and a planned part of a skit.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several contestants have tried this: on one occasion, Frank Woodley ran off the set while playing a ships captain in the middle of a crisis. He received a Dishonourable Mention from Tom for this one.
    • Bob Franklin does it better, though, when he comments on his and others performances without really breaking character.
    • Shaun Micallef once mentioned having "a wall taken out and all these people put in" while gesturing at the audience.
      • And that was after starting the same scene trying to pull Shane Bourne on stage through the door. And before trying to leave the stage through the wall (Nicola stopped him, of course).
  • Brick Joke: Josh Lawson claiming to speak Tasmanian.
    • A quite blatantly set up one where Fifi Box is asked a question involving a trip to Dubbo funded by her magazine. She replies with a joke from another player earlier, "Because they make good pies!"
  • Car Meets Third Storey Flat
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Sometimes, a performer can dig themselves into a pit. Frank Woodley, in particular, runs on it.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Two comedic examples
    • For the guests (in all but a few cases): Leaving the scenario prematurely — they are always dragged back in by the co-performers
    • For the producers: Creating scenarios for Josh Lawson which don't give him the slightest opportunity to fondle and hit on female co-performers.
  • For Science!:
    Tom Gleisner: "I'm afraid though that I'm going to have to take points off for heavy breathing on one of our models."
    Hamish Blake: "It was for science."
  • Genre Savvy: The producers show this when they lock the cages of the puppies and kittens during a Frank Woodley sketch, if they hadn't he admitted he would have taken them out and juggled them.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Featuring Angus Sampson as an Egomaniac Hunter (and romance novelist).
  • Jerkass: Frequently the character the performers end up playing.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor; Some of the guests relish being more than a little mean during their performances. When the skit is over and they can break character, they usually apologise to anyone they insulted for a joke.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Sometimes performers are introduced as having an accent. Sometimes they put one on. They usually screw up at some point.
    • The most memorable would have to be, again, Frank Woodley, who in one sketch set in colonial era Australia had his accent go on a drunken tour of the English-speaking world, probably averaging out at Irish.
    • Another Frank Woodley one had him pretending to me a Shaolin monk-esque figure, who alternated between a mock Chinese accent and a German one.
  • The Points Mean Nothing: Though no mention is ever made of this fact.
  • Railroading: Sometimes the ensemble cast ends up having to do this rather obviously, in order to keep the skit going in the direction they meant.
    • At least twice Bob Franklin has praised them for doing so, in-character and in the middle of the scene. "Well played, sir. Back on track."
  • Running Gag:
    • Josh Lawson trying to leave before the skit is over, as well as hitting on and touching the female co-performers.
    • A few guests also take advantage of genuine food and drink used as props. The co-performers catch on but the guests keep trying.
  • Shout-Out: To all kinds of things (Ross Noble, as a fantasy hero, found himself deluged in Warhammer references, for example).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Also what performers end up playing.
  • Title Drop: When the performer enters the scene, someone else will say to them "Thank God you're here!"
    • Subverted in the US edition once, where George Takei (the guest performer) enters and says "Thank God I'm here!"
    • Also subverted by Josh Lawson in the Australian edition: he knocked at the blue door before entering, and when it was opened, said "Thank God you're here, I was knocking for hours!"