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Get Ready for the Return of HTA!

Get Ready for the Return of HTA!

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!

5 Become 4

5 Become 4

216-Jacquie-GleeHTA has been together since the spring of 2006, 9 years. When it started, for the first couple months, it was just the girls. Until they brought on Garth and fellow UofW theatre student Grant Burr. Our first show was at the Winnipeg Fringe that summer and it was a success. In 2008 we staged our second show, Hands Off, and Grant bowed out to focus on his growing family. We brought in Ryan for Hands Off and since then, our group has kept the same line up. 7 Years of the group you know.

But this year, like One Direction, this fivesome must too say goodbye to our ethnically-ambiguous member with fabulous hair. Jacquie Loewen has opted to bow out to pursue her “solo career” of acting, directing, fight directing, and just generally being Jacquie Loewen™. Jacquie is currently in Vancouver where she’s assistant directing Bard on the Beach. After that, she’ll be appearing in RMTC’s production of Alice in Wonderland in November. Within the year she’ll be developing her own physical theatre show.

We couldn’t be more excited for both Jacquie’s solo endeavours, and also the future of HTA. Due to busy schedules, we’ve been performing as 4 members for most of our Non-Fringe performances for the past few years any way,  and so we’ve transitioned very easily. It may mean less “Good Time Girls,” and maybe a different “Pizza Shack,” but we’ve got all sorts of great other characters and sketches coming your way.

And Jacquie isn’t dead. It’s highly likely that you’ll see her on stage with us at some point in the future. Because she loves her whores. And her whores love her back.

Our new show opening next week at the Winnipeg Fringe “Hot Thespian Action: Back In Black” will be a testament to how much fun we’re still having as a foursome. We can’t wait for you to see it. Jacquie will be back on opening night watching it, along with the rest of you. If you see her, take a minute to wish her well in her new path, and thank her for all the good memories.

In honour of Jacquie, here is one our favourite Jacquie sketches: Pizza Shack.


The Shows to Come

The Shows to Come

Winnipeg Comedy Fest may be done (and what a great time we had) but we’re far from retreating back into the pits from whence we came. We’re very excited to be partaking in TWO exciting shows in the coming weeks. Here’s everything you need to know:


Wednesday, April 22
The Park Theatre

698 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2B9
Doors at 7 |Show at 8
What’s the deal?

H.U.N.K.S. is a brand new sketch troupe that’s sprung up from a bunch of local comics.  They blend video and live sketch, to bring you a manic rollercoaster of a show, if that rollercoaster ran on rocket fuel instead of regular old rollercoaster fuel. H.U.N.K.S. is  Tim Gray, Quinn Greene, Sam McLean, Matt Nightingale, Dana Smith skillfully directed by Rory Fallis. Providing cutting-edge musical accompaniment is local beat boxer Kane David Greene. We’ve been dying to see a “sketch scene” emerge in Winnipeg for years now, so we couldn’t be more excited to help these awesome comedians launch their new venture!



Saturday, May 2
at 8:00pm
445 River Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0C3
8:00PM | $15/$12 (students & arts workers)
Call (204) 284-9477 to reserve your tickets!
What’s the deal?
Outside Joke is Jane’s improv family. They get her on on weekends and every second Christmas. Outside Joke has been performing for over TEN YEARS to alllll the acclaim and they’ve mastered the “improvised musical.” Last year we did a show with them as well as part of their “Season of Yuks” and it couldn’t have been more fun for all involved. Look for some bizarre, exciting mashup of Improv and sketch as the two groups collide in an effort to give Jane an anxiety attack.
Welcome to 2.0!

Welcome to 2.0!

We couldn’t be more excited to be launching our brand-spanking-new website! Welcome! Here you will find everything you’ve ever needed to know about  HTA. And I’m sure lots of stuff you didn’t care to know at all! Take a minute to explore.

This week is the Winnipeg Comedy Festival; one of our favourite times of year. We’re performing in three separate shows this week. Here is everything you need to know about them!

1. Funny You Should Ask – Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Fundraiser – Tuesday, April 7th. Us, alongside some great comics in support of a great cause!

2. Hot Thespian Action UncorkedThursday, April 9th. Our headlining show with special guests (and good friends) Bucko and Wes Borg from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. This will be a fun exciting show because for most people, the content will be almost all new! We’re featuring one or two recent “fan favourites” but otherwise the material will all be either BRAND new, or “remastered.” In other words we took forgotten gem sketches from years gone by, looked at them with fresh eyes, and with the writing skills we’ve since developed from doing this for 10 years (!) and totally revamped them. We’re super excited to show you these new and improved super-sketches!

3. Fifty Shades of Gay – Us and some fantastic other acts (like our awesome too-successful for her own good friend Chantel Marostica) celebrating all things GLBTQ* with our good friend Darcy Michael hosting.

For all the times, details, and to buy your tickets, click on the links above, or get an overall view of our part of the festival here. Get your tickets fast because the shows WILL sell out. Have a hilarious week!

Returning Home

Returning Home

We’re back from our great American adventure, performing at both the Chicago SketchFest and San Francisco SketchFest, within the span of a few weeks! It was a whirlwind adventure, but we had a great time performing to sold out, super receptive crowds and meeting some great, very talented, very funny people. This comes at the tail end of a year that saw us perform to sold out crowds in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Seattle. It’s been a crazy/fun/successful year away from the nest, but it’s time to return home and give some love to the Winnipeg audiences that launched us!

This summer HTA will be returning to the Fringe with a show of BRAND NEW MATERIAL and we can’t wait to be back. But Winnpeggers don’t have to wait to July for some new HTA! Today the Winnipeg Comedy Festival announced their lineup and we’re very excited to let you know that come April, Winnipeggers will have 3 chances to catch us perform. Here they are. Click on the links for more info and to purchase tickets:

1. Funny You Should Ask – Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Fundraiser – Us, alongside some great comics in support of a great cause!

2. Hot Thespian Action Uncorked– Our headlining show with special guests (and good friends) Bucko and Wes Borg from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. We’ll be featuring some of our ‘vintage’ favourites as well as a selection of ‘fresh from the vine’ new material, and maybe even a ‘blend’ of classic-but-revamped special edition gems!

3. Fifty Shades of Gay – Us and some fantastic other acts celebrating all things GLBTQ* with our good friend Darcy Michael hosting.

For all the dates, times, and to buy your tickets, click on the links above, or get an overall view of our part of the festival here. Get your tickets fast because the shows WILL sell out. Can’t wait to see you soon Winnipeg!

Heading South!

Heading South!

Big News! We've been sitting on a big announcement for a while now because we've been waiting to get all our ducks in a row with all the legalities of it all... but we can't hold back the news any longer, so screw it! HTA has been invited to attend Chicago Sketch...

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W.H.A.A.T. T.H.E?!?

Merry Christmas from HTA! To thank you all for your part in an exciting year for HTA, we're launching a brand new Video Sketch today. Children, share it with your parents. Parents, share it with your kids. Head on over to our Web Vids section to watch it...

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Funny or Die!

Today our video "Pizza Shack" was launched on Funny or Die's Youtube channel. Funny or Die has been really great with allowing content creators a moment in the spotlight by showing our videos mixed in with all their in-house content. It gives us a way to connect to a...

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Off to Ottawa!

This year HTA took the summer off to recharge our batteries, and boy are we glad we did, because this is gearing up to be a busy fall! First on the docket, we're flying out to Ottawa for the Canadian Comedy Awards where we're nominated in the category of Best Sketch...

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A summer off!

So Winnipeg Fringe is once again upon us, but this time, for the first time in 6 years, HTA is taking the summer off! Alas, it's true, no HTA show at the Fringe this year. It's not you! It's us! We just needed a summer off for the first time in forever. With that...

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The rule of three!

It was announced this morning that HTA has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch comedy troupe in Canada, for a third time! In comedy writing, the "Rule of Three" dictates that all things are funnier in threes, and we couldn't agree more. So this...

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Time flies!

Man, we must be having fun, because last time we checked, it was November and we were gearing up for our Christmas show, and now, suddenly it's March. In the meantime we travelled to Vancouver, for their inagural SketchFest, where we had a great time, performing there...

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Nice Is Over-Rated

We're very excited to announce our next show: "The Naughty List." This holiday season we've decided to help you cut through all the Christmassy smarm with a little cynicism and inappropriateness. Come join us Thursday December 19th, 8:00pm at the Gas Station Arts...

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Fringe Tour Recap

What a summer! HTA returned from a long, crazy tour that saw us selling out in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Our primary goal of the tour was to get more people to hear about us, and it's safe to say that more people know about us than before! Head over to our...

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The Dog Days of Fringe

Well, what a crazy adventure this has been. Saskatoon ended on a great note, with us selling out our last few shows. The Saskatonian audiences were fantastic to us and we'd all love to head back there again. After Saskatoon we hopped in our truck and headed off to...

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