Created by Ben Falcone, ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ is a fantasy comedy series that follows a mid-level tech-support employee named Clark Thompson, who becomes God’s unwitting messenger. His life is pretty ordinary as it usually involves sauna sessions with his father, taking care of his cats, and crushing over his colleague, Amily Luck. However, his fate takes an extraordinary turn when he gets struck by lightning and gains the ability to glow.
If that’s not enough, an angel confirms that Clark is God’s chosen messenger, and his responsibility is to save humankind by preventing the upcoming apocalypse. The involvement of several religious themes throughout the apocalyptic workplace series and the dreamy visual setting tend to keep the viewers intrigued as well as make them scratch their heads about the show’s production locations. If you are wondering about the same, let us fill you in on the details!
God’s Favorite Idiot Filming Locations
‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ is filmed entirely in Australia, specifically in various spots in New South Wales. The principal photography for the inaugural iteration of the comedy series commenced in March 2021 and was supposed to last till November of the same year. But due to funding issues, the production halted in June 2021 after shooting only the first eight episodes out of a planned 16, leaving hundreds of Australian cast and crew members in a lurch. Now, let’s traverse the specific locations that are showcased in the hilarious series.
Pivotal sequences for the comedy series are captured in Alstonville, a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. In particular, the production team utilizes the facilities of Byron Studios. Located at 42-46 Commercial Road in Alstonville, the studio houses two co-located sound stages and 11 acres of backlot with toilet/shower facilities. Moreover, the industry-standard sound treatment incorporated in the studio offers an excellent environment for capturing sound and music.
Byron Bay, Australia
The beachside town of Byron Bay is one of the prominent locations where the comedy series is lensed. In April 2021, the cast and crew were spotted shooting a few sequences of season 1 in the town. Located in the far northeastern corner of New South Wales, it is quite popular among domestic and international tourists. Byron Bay makes for a suitable filming site with several gorgeous beaches and beautiful scenery across the town. Over the years, the beachside town has hosted the production of notable movies and TV shows, including ‘The Inbetweeners 2,’ ‘Gone,’ ‘Seriously Red,’ ‘Nine Perfect Strangers,’ and ‘Barons.’
Other Locations in Australia
For the production of the first season of the Melissa McCarthy-starrer, the team also set up camp in the town of Ballina and the city of Lismore, which are a part of the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales. Ballina is a coastal town with quite a few attractions such as the Richmond River, beaches, Wigmore Arcade, and the Missingham Bridge. On the other hand, the country town of Lismore is located in northeastern New South Wales and is a regional center in the Northern Rivers region.