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Indigenous rapper Briggs joins Simpsons creator’s new Netflix series

Briggs' collaboration with Matt Groening
Briggs is pictured with Simpsons creator Matt Groening (far left) and collaborators Photo: Briggs
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An Indigenous Australian rapper has written the script for the next big Netflix show by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.

Briggs, of AB Original, on Wednesday announced he was a screenwriter for upcoming animated series Disenchantment.

The series will premiere on Netflix next year and has been approved for 20 episodes.

“Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” Groening told Deadline.

Briggs announced his involvement in the medieval animation on Wednesday.

“You may have read that Matt Groening has created a new series. Today I can finally tell you, I’m a writer for it,” he said on Twitter.

“Being part of the #Disenchantment world has been literally a dream come true.”

The animated Netflix series will star voiceovers from Abbi Jacobson of Broad City, Eric Andre of Man Seeking Woman, and Nat Faxon of Ben & Kate and Married, according to Deadline.

The Mighty Boosh‘s Noel Fielding and Rich Fulcher, and Matt Berry of The IT Crowd, are other notable collaborators. David Herman of Office Space and comedian Lucy Montgomery are also onboard.

Briggs shared a photo of himself with Groening and some of the Disenchantment team, including Simpsons alumni Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley, and Futurama developer David X Cohen.

He credited Weinstein for bringing him onboard.

Futurama veterans John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille are also collaborating on Disenchantment.

Disenchantment has been in the works for more than 18 months, according to Deadline.

Briggs, a Yorta Yorta man, is known for starring in Cleverman and featuring on ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He is a writer and actor for television series Black Comedy.

AB Original was voted #16 in the triple j Hottest 100 for the single January 26, a takedown of Australia Day for its celebration of the First Fleet’s arrival and white settlement. The Hottest 100 countdown is an Australia Day fixture every year.

Briggs has never shied away from calling out racism where he sees it, and is well-known for criticising those who wear blackface.

The Simpsons famously received hundreds of complaints out of Australia over an episode set Down Under.

The New Daily has reached out to Briggs for comment.

The Simpsons famously received hundreds of complaints out of Australia over an episode set Down Under. Photo: The Simpsons

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