Good news and bad news again, but the opposite this time. Last time our appearance at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival was set to air on CBC we were pre-empted by the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee Concert. But that same night we won the Actra Golden Boy award for Best MIP Short Film for our video shorts. This time the bad news is that we’re coming home from the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards awardless, BUT the good news is it looks like our special is finally set to air tonight!
The Awards were lots of fun this year. Highlights include the opening performance by Alan Thicke and a sea of spandex-clad aerobics dancers of Alan’s 1980s Aerobics-Concert-Tour hit “Sweaty and Hot.” Check out this sweet link for an idea of what we mean. Also, the brilliant Sean Cullen hosted a side-stage talk-show where he interviewed a series of comic nominees. Not only was it absolutely hilarious (he’s seriously our new hero) but the bit ended with him surprising guest Colin Mochrie with the Dave Broadfoot award for comedy genius while his teary-eyed, and equally surprised wife Debra McGrath looked on (adorably). The whole moment was touching and inspiring, and of course, hilarious.
The troupe who DID take home the award for Best Sketch Troupe was Toronto’s Falcon Powder, which features Scott Montgomery of Royal Lichtenstein fame. The members of Royal Lichtenstein are like our Winnipeg Sketch Comedy forefathers and foremothers. They were doing awesome sketch comedy when we were still angsty teens! We are friends with all of them now and we have a huge amount of respect and admiration for what they did. (We’re making it sound like they’re 400 years old. I think they’re maybe 7 or 8 years older than us, but generations are quick in the sketch comedy world!) Anyways, super huge congrats to Scott and all of Falcon Powder.
Now, as for tonight, expect more hilarity from the likes of Cathy Jones, Jessica Holmes, Gavin Crawford, George Westerholm and two pieces from (our new hero) Sean Cullen. Not to mention host Andrea Martin, who herself contributes an awesome musical number. It’s a great night of music and comedy, so check it out!
Ps. Now that we’re back from Toronto we’ll be diving back into Pilot Mode. So expect some news in the next couple months regarding our ongoing efforts to get a TV pilot made. You can read all about it here.