NewsCO.com.au–Sophie Monk and Osamah Sami struggle through banter

NewsCO.com.au–Sophie Monk and Osamah Sami struggle through banter

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ROLLING onto the stage on a ride-on mower was the least awkward thing about Sophie Monk and Osamah Sami’s presentation at the AACTA Awards on Wednesday night.

After disembarking the small tractor, Monk and Sami — who was nominated for an award for his role in Ali’s Wedding — struggled through some rehearsed banter that didn’t quite land the way they planned.

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“You know who Sophie is — she is a super star of Australian television. I’m here to fulfil the diversity quota,” Sami — an Australian actor of Iraqi origin — deadpanned to a lacklustre response.

“I don’t know what diversity means,” Sophie said, in an attempt to punch up the moment.

The audience wasn’t giving them the laughs they wanted — but the pair hammered on.

“Sophie, it’s a little bright in here. It’s not the lights — it’s just a lot of white people,” Sami continued. “Somewhere, someone is watching through their television right now going, ‘Wow, I just paid … bugger me dead, I just paid six grand for this television and it shows no colour’.”

Confused by the minimal laughter, Sophie asked: “Is that a bit racist?”

The struggle continued when Sami decided to spell out the joke for the audience.

“It’s a go at the industry who doesn’t give a sh*t about diversity,” he explained.

By now, Monk made the executive decision their comedic bit wasn’t flying. So she cut straight to the nominees for the Best Performance in a Comedy.

The film Lion dominated the awards on Wednesday night.

After beginning the year with six Oscar and four Golden Globe nominations and two BAFTA wins, homegrown movie hit Lion swept the AACTAs, winning 12 awards, including Best Film.

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