What’s new with HTA?
HTA is heading back to the Winnipeg Fringe for our TENTH TIME with “Classic!” We’ve been performing at the Fringe since 2006 when the five tender, young, recent theatre school graduates banded together to create Hands On! It was a surprise success and we’ve been going strong ever since, doing a million things as a troupe we never would have envisioned back in the mid 2000s!
After Hands On came:
Hands Off (2008)
Hands Down (2009)
Look Ma, No Hands! (2010)
A Show Of Hands (2011) (Our last Greatest Hits Show)
Body Language (2012)
Hot Thespian Action (2013)
Back In Black (2015)
And now, for 2018’s “Classic!,“ we’re compiling all our our most fan-favourite sketches from all 12 years of performing and allowing YOU to pick what you want to see! That’s right. Fans get to vote for their favourite Classics (at our Fringe page) and EACH NIGHT we’ll take the most requested sketches and perform them. That means that you can have a hand in CUSTOM ORDERING your show! Do you and your friends still quote “Pizza Shack?” Have an inside joke with your parents about “Whaat the?!?” Can’t get the song about bleaching a certain part of your body out of your head? Then just vote for them to make sure you get to see them again!
And out of those 10 shows, we’re sure there’s plenty of sketches you missed! So if you want to make sure you see all of those, then you better vote! And get everyone else you know to vote as well!
We can’t wait to perform our most exciting, comedy-loaded show EVER for you! Just make sure you get tickets while you still can!
Head on over to our Fringe page to get all the info you need, buy your advance tickets, and vote for your faves!
HTA is in the thick of one of our busiest times ever!
We travelled to Chicago in January to perform at Chicago SketchFest and it went amazingly well! As always, we were welcomed like kings and queens by the great people at Stage 773 who put on the festival. Thanks for having us!
The second we got back we went into crazy turbo mode to get ready for filming the pilot of our new Web Series. For those of you who don’t know much about it, this is the latest incarnation of the comedy series we’ve been writing since late 2011. It’s been a LONG journey to this point, and the project has morphed and grown a lot over the years, but it was amazing to finally put our ideas to film and see it come to life! The project has had a lot of names over the years, but we’re ready to reveal it’s name officially:
DOWN A PEG
We’ll tell you alllll about it soon. But for now, enjoy these behind the scenes pics by Kristen Sawatsky.
Somehow, we managed to get some amazing, talented people involved which made the whole process a dream! Right now we’re in the middle of post production, getting it ready to be seen. So far it’s looking better than we ever could have imagined. We don’t know yet exactly what the plan will be to release it. So stay tuned for more details. And in the mean time, subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be sure to hear about it as soon as it’s released!
We’re returning to the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in early January for what will be our 3rd performance at the festival, the largest of its kind in the world!
Both our previous appearances in 2015 and 2017 received a lot of buzz and were both sold out so we’re very excited to be asked back again. Time Out Magazine singled out our 2017 performance as one of the 12 acts to see, out of all 154 performing groups. Some of the other groups singled out included TJ Miller (Silicon Valley) and Danny Pudi (Community).
They seem to really like what we do there! Winnipeg and Chicago: our two comedy homes. Scientists are still studying it, but there appears to be a link between cold winters, Chicago style architecture, and liking our comedy.
We can’t wait to perform alongside the best of the best in the world for sketch comedy, and to watch them perform and then meet them afterwards and pick their brains.
Chicago Sketch Fest is the largest sketch comedy festival in the world. It features approximately 180 groups from around the US and a few from around the world. Each year it draws crowds of 11,000 patrons over its 8 day run.
We’re performing two shows over two nights at the festival: January 11th and 12 at 8pm.
In other news, right when we get back we’re diving in to filming the pilot to our web series that has been in the works for over 5 years now. You may remember us pitching a sitcom concept to networks in Toronto in December 2012. Well we’ve adapted the sitcom into a shorter web series and we’re filming episode 1 as a proof of concept. We couldn’t be more excited to finally see something come of our work! We’ll let you know all about it once it’s ready to be seen!
We’re only a few days away from the start of the most wonderful time of year: Fringe!
HTA is returning for our 11th year together! And our 9th Fringe show. We’re currently putting the finishing touches on a year of truly weird, fun, and “extremely HTA” sketches! Physical, musical, inspired, timeless! We can’t wait for you to see them. Which is why you should get your tickets now. Tickets tend to sell out for every show, so to save yourself waiting in line for hours on end, we really recommend getting your tickets online now. That’s not sales spin, that’s an actual pro-tip. We don’t want our audiences to have just survived a gruelling ordeal sweating in line. We want you stroll in like a VIP, ready to laugh! Click below for all Fringe related info, and to buy your tickets.
We have a show every single night from July 19th to July 30th, with only one night off: Monday, July 24th. 7pm Nightly at the Gas Station Arts Centre.
Lots more information will be coming out in the coming weeks, but HTA is as happy as a piranha at a feeding frenzy to announce that we’re heading back to the Winnipeg Fringe this year which runs from July 19th to 30th! Our show Fourplay will be on every night a 7pm at the Gas Station Arts Centre (with the exception of our one night off: Monday, July 24th.) It’s a brand new batch of sketches all done in our trademark fast, stripped down, physical style, HTA style. Tickets are already on sale. Head to our Fringe page to get your tickets before they sell out!
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