Comedian Josh Thomas’s show Please Like Me has been nominated for a prestigious international television award, the Rose d’Or.
The ABC2 comedy series, which is written by and stars Thomas, is the only Australian show to pick up a nomination across the six television categories in this year’s awards.
Nominated in the sitcom category, Please Like Me is up against two contenders from United Kingdom: Channel 4’s Toast of London, and Yonderland on BskyB.
The famously-bashful Thomas remained reticent about the show’s nomination.
“I still don’t know what to say about it,” he told Fairfax Media. “It’s nice, but also I think awards are a bit silly. But I don’t want to be a brat about it by saying I think awards are a bit silly.”
With the winner to be announced at the 53rd Rose d’Or award ceremony in Berlin in September 17, Thomas said he hoped to make the ceremony but may be too busy working on the show’s yet-to-be commission third season.
“I’d love to go to Berlin. I love sausages. And I’m sure I love German homosexuals,” he said. “But I’ve got to start working on season three.”
Premiering as a six-part series on ABC2 in February last year, Please Like Me has been renewed for a 10-episode second season after proving a hit with audiences. US network Pivot, which premiered the show in August last year, has also green-lighted the second season.
Australia has been well-represented in the Rose d’Or awards in recent years, with Gruen Sweat picking up the 2013 gong for best entertainment show for their Olympics-themed analysis of the advertising world.
Other Australian winners include: The Eternity Man for Best Performing Arts program in 2009, SBS series Go Back to Where You Came From for best factual entertainment in 2012, Chris Lilley’s We Can be Heroes for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2006, and the ABC’s Girl in a Mirror won the Arts and Specials Awards in 2006.
Woah. Guys. We’re nominated for a 2014 Rose D’Or Award! We are nominated for Best Sitcom! pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/S1VrjLvR00 — Please like me. (@Please_like_me) June 17, 2014