Picnicface

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Picnicface
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Genre Sketch comedy
Starring Andrew Bush
Kyle Dooley
Cheryl Hann
Mark Little
Brian MacQuarrie
Evany Rosen
Scott Vrooman
Bill Wood [1]
Opening theme"Hope For It" by Rich Aucoin
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 [2] (list of episodes)
Production
Running time22 mins.
Production company(s)Breakthrough Entertainment
Release
Original network The Comedy Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 31 (2011-08-31) – December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)
Chronology
Related shows Everyone's Famous
Cavendish
External links
Official website

Picnicface was a Canadian sketch comedy troupe based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, consisting of Mark Little, Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Brian MacQuarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood. Formed in 2006, the group were most noted for a 13-episode sketch comedy television series which aired on The Comedy Network in 2011. [3]

Sketch comedy comprises a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an audio or visual medium such as radio and television. Often sketches are first improvised by the actors and written down based on the outcome of these improv sessions; however, such improvisation is not necessarily involved in sketch comedy.

Nova Scotia Province of Canada

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime Provinces, and one of the four provinces that form Atlantic Canada. Its provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the second-smallest of Canada's ten provinces, with an area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,300 sq mi), including Cape Breton and another 3,800 coastal islands. As of 2016, the population was 923,598. Nova Scotia is Canada's second-most-densely populated province, after Prince Edward Island, with 17.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (45/sq mi).

Mark Little (Canadian comedian) Canadian comedian

Mark Thomas Little is a Canadian actor and comedian. He is best known for his appearances on the CBC Television sitcom Mr. D, playing Simon Hunt, the Xavier Academy science teacher, and his work with Picnicface.

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Background

The group has performed in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and other Canadian cities. They have had a special on CBC Radio and had a weekly sketch and improv comedy show in Halifax. [4]

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

Edmonton Provincial capital city in Alberta, Canada

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

In 2011, Picnicface were featured in a film called Roller Town and a satirical book about Canada for HarperCollins Canada called Picnicface's Canada .

HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies, alongside Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of News Corp. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names: Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired in 1987, together with UK publishing company William Collins, Sons, acquired in 1990.

Television series

Thirteen episodes have been ordered by The Comedy Network. [2] Picnicface aired on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm Eastern/9:30 pm Central. The series was executive-produced by Mark McKinney from The Kids in the Hall . [5]

Mark McKinney comedian

Mark Douglas Brown McKinney is a Canadian actor and comedian, best known for his work in the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Following the run of their television series and feature film, he was a cast member in Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1997. From 2003 to 2006, he co-created, wrote and starred in the acclaimed series Slings & Arrows, a TV show about a Canadian theatre company struggling to survive while a crazy genius director haunted by his dead mentor helps the actors find authenticity in their acting. McKinney currently has a regular role as Glenn on the NBC comedy Superstore and appeared as Tom in FXX's Man Seeking Woman.

<i>The Kids in the Hall</i> television series

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous television show ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada, and CBS, HBO, and Comedy Central in the United States. The theme song for the show is the instrumental "Having an Average Weekend" by the Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.

The series won three Canadian Comedy Awards at the 13th Canadian Comedy Awards in 2012, for Best TV Series, Best Ensemble and Best Writing in a TV Series. [6]

Canadian Comedy Awards

The Canadian Comedy Awards (CCA) is an annual ceremony that celebrates achievements in Canadian comedy in live performances, radio, film, television and internet media. The awards, also known as Beavers, were founded and produced by Tim Progosh in 2000. The inaugural show was broadcast on The Comedy Network.

In late April 2012, Bell Media, the network's owner, decided not to renew the series for a second season. [7]

Later work

In 2013, Bush created the comedy web series Everyone's Famous , [8] which received two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards. In 2018, Bush and Little created and starred in the comedy series Cavendish , which premiered on CBC Television in January 2019. [9]

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References

  1. "Picnicface Cast Picutres & Bios", 2011. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
  2. 1 2 Levack, Chandler. "Picnicface Takes The Tube", Toronto, 27 August 2011. Retrieved on 2011-09-28.
  3. Harris, Bill (August 30, 2011). "Picnicface' makes its TV debut". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  4. http://www.cbc.ca/laughoutloud/episodes/, "CBC.ca Laugh Out Loud, Past Episodes", 2010.
  5. Comedy Network Orders Picnicface TV Series. The Hollywood Reporter , December 3, 2010.
  6. "Halifax troupe Picnicface take 6 comedy awards". CBC News, August 7, 2012.
  7. Lee, Adiran (May 3, 2012). "Halifax's Picnicface not giving up after plug pulled on show". Metro Halifax. Metro News Canada. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  8. "Everyone’s Famous gets Hollywood kudos". The Chronicle Herald , June 12, 2013.
  9. "'Cavendish' comedy series coming soon to CBC-TV". The Guardian (Charlottetown) , December 28, 2018.