Ron Sparks (comedian)

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Ron Sparks
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Ron Sparks performing at the 2013 YYComedy Festival in Calgary.
Born (1977-05-20) May 20, 1977 (age 42)
Canada
Website myspace.com/sparksnation

Ron Sparks (born May 20, 1977) is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer and producer. He was born in Chatham-Kent, Ontario and lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is best known as an alternative comedian and frequent guest on CBC Radio 1's The Debaters, and on TV as a regular and favourite juror on MuchMusic's highest-rated show, Video on Trial , also starring as The Judge in the Stars on Trial Christmas special and various other VOT spin-offs.

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Comedian

Improv and sketch

Sparks first began performing with York University's Vanier Improv Company as a student. His sketch troupe, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, were nominated four straight years (2003–2006) for Best Sketch Troupe Canadian Comedy Awards, winning in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 they won again for Best Taped Live Performance for the CBC special Sketch with Kevin McDonald . [1] He later became a member of the CCA-nominated troupe Shoeless.

Stand-up

He began performing stand-up in 2003 at The ALTdot COMedy Lounge and other venues around Toronto, and won that year's Tim Sims Award, given to Toronto's most promising new comedy act. [2] He then also won the 2004 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Newcomer, becoming the first person to win both. Frank Magazine described him as "the next stand-up wunderkind".
Stand-up credits include the Halifax, Winnipeg and Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals. He was JFL's Toronto Homegrown Champion in 2007 and has performed in various JFL and JFL-42 shows, including Set List, The Alternative Show with Andy Kindler , The Debaters, and opening for such acts as Kyle Kinane, Moshe Kasher, Tom Green, Russell Peters and Kevin Pollak.

Film & TV

On television he starred in MuchMusic's highest rated show Video on Trial and its spin-off, Stars on Trial . He plays Chris Christie in the 2016 series You Got Trumped. He was also a regular panelist on the Super Channel series Too Much Information. His 2008 CTV Comedy Now! stand-up special won a WorldFest Award and two Canadian Comedy Awards. He has also been a regular on various Ed the Sock series (including the cult hit This Movie Sucks!) and The Toronto Show.
Other TV credits include NBC's The Firm, The Beaverton , This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Meet the Family, Straight Man, Clumsy & Shy, Dark Rising: The Savage Tales of Summer Vale, The Jon Dore Television Show, Sox in a Box and The Invasion Report.
He has also appeared in such films as Medium Raw, Dark Rising, By George, Sweetener and Ham & Cheese.

Radio

Sparks is a regular and favourite guest on CBC Radio's The Debaters (which he also writes for). He has also appeared on Brave New Waves , Definitely Not the Opera and Out Front. He had his own weekly segment The Newsdesk with Ron Sparks on 102.1 The Edge, based on his live news show.

Writing

Ron has written for such series as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Little Mosque on the Prairie, You Got Trumped, Meet the Family, Still Standing, Spun Out, Life's a Zoo, Satisfaction, Crash Canyon, The Debaters, This Movie Sucks and Really Me. He also wrote his own series of shorts for The Comedy Network, From the Desk of Ron Sparks.
Before working in television he was an award-winning playwright, with titles including Home to Mother, A Thanksgiving That Would Even Make Great Aunt Gladys Proud, Chuck Sent Me, My Favourite Aunt and Richard Keats' Apartment of Doom.

Trivia

He is not related to fellow comedian Hal Sparks. He is the subject of The Essential Actor's Guide: Spotlight on Ron Sparks, part of a series of 32 books about actors; other subjects include Javier Bardem, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Tommy Lee Jones, Heath Ledger, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet.

Uwe Boll

In 2006 Sparks offered to fight Uwe Boll, who had challenged his critics to a series of boxing matches leading up to the release of his movie Postal . After exchanging several emails Boll ultimately declined due to Sparks's size advantage and because he would be fighting five challengers back-to-back.

Canadian Comedy Awards

At the 2007 Awards' "State of the Industry" event, Ron was unofficially voted "North America's Sexiest Comedian" after host Harry Doupe ran his name against Nicole Arbour. This was in response to Arbour having billed herself with that title despite never actually having won it anywhere. Neither comedian was in attendance.

Video on Trial

Fake credits

On Video on Trial he began listing himself as having fake occupations instead of just "comedian", which became a regular joke on the show. He has been billed as such things as (in order of use):

Stunt double

In one episode Sean Cullen appeared briefly, credited as "Ron Sparks", after Ron said the video was too bad to watch and brought Cullen in as a "stunt double".

Filmography

YearTitleRole
1999Yellow JacketThe Suit
1999Let's Get Real!Captain Amazing
2000Fangs of My HeartVoice
2002 Sweetener Businessman
2002Frequency ZeroOke
2003 The Toronto Show Ron the Hollywood Correspondent
2003 Ed & Red's Night Party Himself
2003 Cream of Comedy Nominee/Winner
2004 Ham & Cheese Comedy Club Patron
2005From the Desk of Ron SparksVarious Characters
2005 Ed's Nite In Park Ranger Ron
2005 Canadian Comedy Shorts Various Characters
2005 – present Video on Trial Himself
2005Reel ReviewCorrespondent
2005 Stars on Trial The Judge
2006 The Ha!ifax Comedy Festival Himself (Stand-up)
2006 Sketch with Kevin McDonald Various Characters
2006 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards Presenter
2006 Video on Trial: Holiday Crap Juror
2006 Video on Trial: 80s Videos Special Juror
2007 Canadian Comedy Awards: Nice Special Stand-up
2007 Dark Rising Soldier
2008 The Jon Dore Television Show Farting Writer
2008 Comedy Now! Stand-up
2008Sox in a BoxBeans
2008Crazy HoboHobo Expert/Narrator
2008Other People's Stuff: Jan & Wayne Skylar from Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Dr. Steve Brule
2009The Newsdesk with Ron SparksNews Anchor Ron Sparks
2009Snuff: The FilmSnuff
2009 Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf Greg
2010How to Fry a TurkeyThe Chef
2010 This Movie Sucks! Co-host
2010 The Desk Vice Principal Rucker
2011 The Debaters Himself
2011The Invasion ReportBlirn!
2011The TrialMr. Testman
2011iMobilesGary the Penguin (voice)
2011 Dark Rising: The Savage Tales of Summer Vale Cartright
2011FluBathrobed Dancer
2012 The Firm Bailiff
2012 The L.A. Complex Patient (one episode)
2012By George Alan Ladd, III / Chewbacco / Nien Nund
2012The TrainAlfred
2013Straight ManThe Doctor
2014Flickers!Various (6 episodes)
2014 Satisfaction Lawn Tractor Customer (1 episode)
2014-2015 Meet the Family Various (3 episodes)
2015Captain Blast!The Vice President
2016 The Beaverton Food Scientist
2016You Got Trumped Chris Christie

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workEventAwardResult
2003Ron Sparks Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award Tim Sims AwardWon
2003The Minnesota Wrecking Crew Canadian Comedy Awards Best Sketch TroupeWon
2004Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best Stand-up NewcomerWon
2004The Minnesota Wrecking Crew Canadian Comedy Awards Best Sketch TroupeWon
2005The Minnesota Wrecking Crew Canadian Comedy Awards Best Sketch TroupeNominated
2005From the Desk of Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best One Person ShowWon
2006The Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Sketch with Kevin McDonald Canadian Comedy Awards Best Taped Live PerformanceWon
2006The Minnesota Wrecking Crew Canadian Comedy Awards Best Sketch TroupeNominated
2006The Newsdesk with Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best One Person ShowNominated
2007Plan LIVE from Outer Space Canadian Comedy Awards Best PlayWon
2008The Newsdesk with Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best One Person ShowNominated
2009Life's A Zoo Banff Rockie Award Best Music or Variety ProgramNominated
2009Ron Sparks, Comedy Now! Canadian Comedy Awards Best Taped Live PerformanceWon
2009Ron Sparks, Comedy Now! Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – TVWon
2009Himself, Comedy Now! Worldfest Bronze AwardBest TV Special, ComedyWon
2010Debaters, Monotheism vs. Polytheism (Ron Sparks vs. Sean Cullen) [3] Canadian Comedy Awards Best Radio ProgramWon
2011This Movie Sucks! Canadian Comedy Awards Best TV ShowWon
2012The Trial Canadian Comedy Awards Best FilmNominated
2012The Trial (Kevin MacDonald & Ron Sparks) Canadian Comedy Awards Best Direction – FilmNominated
2012The Newsdesk with Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best One Person ShowNominated
2012Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Stand-upWon
2012Ron Sparks' Celebrity Roasts Canadian Comedy Awards Best Comedic Play, Revue or SeriesNominated
2012Debaters, Fast Food is Evil (Alan Park vs. Ron Sparks) Canadian Comedy Awards Best Radio Program or ClipNominated
2013The Newsdesk on The Edge 102.1 , shared with Fearless Fred Kennedy Canadian Comedy Awards Best Radio Program or ClipNominated
2013Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Stand-upNominated
2014 This Hour Has 22 Minutes WGC Awards Best Television Series – ComedyNominated
2014Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Stand-upNominated
2014Meet the Family Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – TelevisionNominated
2014 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – TelevisionNominated
2014Meet the Family Canadian Comedy Awards Best TV SeriesNominated
2015Ron Sparks Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Stand-upNominated
2015Meet the Family Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – TelevisionNominated
2015 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing – TelevisionWon
2015Meet the Family Canadian Comedy Awards Best TV SeriesNominated
2015This Hour Has 22 Minutes WGC Awards Best Television Series - ComedyNominated

Other awards:

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