Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie

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Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Comedy
Website www.deadtroll.com
Past members
  • Wes Borg
  • Joe Bird
  • Cathleen Rootsaert
  • Neil Grahn
  • Jan Randall

Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie were a Canadian comedy group from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Childhood friends Wes Borg and Joe Bird met actress Cathleen Rootsaert at a weekly Theatre Sports comedy jam to form the initial group. Later, Neil Grahn was recruited. This foursome was the company that made the Trolls famous.

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".

Alberta Province of Canada

Alberta is a province of Canada. With an estimated population of 4,067,175 as of 2016 census, it is Canada's fourth most populous province and the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. Its area is about 660,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905. The premier is Jason Kenney as of April 30, 2019.

Canada Country in North America

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The Trolls initially did sketch comedy, often on risqué or controversial subjects, along with humorous songs. One of their songs, "The Toronto Song" (which is often incorrectly attributed to The Arrogant Worms), makes fun of Canada's regional rivalries by insulting the city of Toronto and eventually most of the rest of the country. The Trolls have also composed musical parodies of historical events such as the War of 1812, [1] and Canada's 1999 division of Nunavut from the previous Northwest Territories - opening "We'll keep Canada... and you can have Nunavut!" (pronouncing it "None-of-it"). [2]

"The Toronto Song" is a comedy song by Canadian comedy group Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. It is one of many songs the Trolls recorded that are often mistakenly attributed to The Arrogant Worms. Originally on the Con Troupo Comedius cassette tape, "The Toronto Song" also appears on the CD Skit Happens, a greatest hits collection of Three Dead Trolls skits. Before the tape, the song had spread across Canada but most listeners didn't know the song's name. It was often believed to be called "Toronto Sucks", "The Ontario Song", or "Ontario Sucks".

The Arrogant Worms are a Canadian musical comedy trio that parody many musical genres. They are well known for their humorous on-stage banter in addition to their music.

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. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,245,438 people surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The Trolls briefly had a television show on CBC Television in 1992, but this received mixed reviews and only lasted five episodes. [3] Geeky topics like computers and Star Wars play a prominent role in the group's self-released album The Geek Album 2.0.

CBC Television Canadian television network

CBC Television is a Canadian English-language broadcast television network that is owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national public broadcaster. The network began operations on September 6, 1952. Its French-language counterpart is Ici Radio-Canada Télé.

<i>Star Wars</i> Epic science fantasy space opera franchise

Star Wars is an American epic space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The original film, later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope, was followed by the sequels Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), forming what is collectively referred to as the original trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released, consisting of Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Years later, a sequel trilogy began with Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), continued with Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and will conclude with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019). The first eight films were nominated for Academy Awards and were commercially successful. Together with the theatrical anthology films Rogue One (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the combined box office revenue of the films equates to over US$9 billion, and is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise.

The Trolls' last full lineup consisted of Wes Borg, Joe Bird and musician Jan Randall. Borg and former member Neil Grahn hosted The Geek Show [4] which aired on Canadian Learning Television, BookTV and Access in 2004-2005. [5]

Jan Randall Canadian musician

Jan Randall is a Canadian composer and pianist. Randall played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast.

Member Joe Bird died of a heart attack on April 1, 2009, at the age of 41. His life is celebrated annually at the Empress Pub in Edmonton, and a trust fund to support comedy has been established in his name. Joe's songs are much loved by the Edmonton community, and musicians are working hard to ensure these songs are remembered. [6]

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References

  1. War of 1812
  2. Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Steaming Pile of Skit. Track 7.
  3. "The Geek Show". Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie.
  4. The Geek Show on IMDb
  5. Tara Merrin (2005-03-05). "Tangled web of humour". CANOE JAM! Television. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  6. "Remembering Edmonton musician, actor Joe Bird". Archived from the original on April 9, 2009.