Ti Kwan Leep is a sketch comedy recording by the Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics. It appears on their 1987 album Boot to the Head .
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.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
The Frantics is a Canadian comedy troupe consisting of Paul Chato, Rick Green, Dan Redican and Peter Wildman.
In the skit, an Eastern martial arts master starts off his class by explaining the basic philosophy of a fictional martial art called "Ti Kwan Leep" (take one leap). An impatient student in the class named Ed Gruberman interrupts the master, wanting to skip the philosophy and learn how to "beat people up". After the master is interrupted several times while using Zen koans to demonstrate the virtue of patience, he agrees to show Gruberman some moves, and gives him a "Boot to the Head" (a catch phrase of the troupe that started in their 1984 sketch Last Will and Temperament ). The situation rapidly escalates until the entire class is left beaten and broken; their moans and groans then become the "Ommmmm" of meditation.
Last Will and Temperament is a comedy skit performed by the Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics on their CBC radio series "Frantic Times". It appears on their 1984 album of the same name. The sketch introduced the phrase "boot to the head" that would become their catchphrase, appearing in the sketch Ti Kwan Leep three years later in their catch phrase titled album.
Om, also written as 'Aum', is the most sacred syllable, symbol, or mantra in Hinduism, that signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman. The Om sound is the primordial sound, and is called the Shabda-Brahman. It is a syllable that is chanted either independently or before a mantra. It is also found in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.
This skit is followed on the album (and often when played on the radio) with the song Boot to the Head. The two were combined into a single track for disc 2 of the Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection ,with a line from "Ti Kwan Leep" containing a mild expletive edited out.
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Ed Gruberman also appears in the Frantics' skit "Army Careers." The name was subsequently used for the main character in the 2009 film Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion.
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Boot to the Head is a comedy album, performed by The Frantics Canadian comedy troupe. Originally released as an LP in 1987, it was re-issued in 1996 as a CD with the same track listing. The album features a number of skits from their radio show Frantic Times, as well as a few sketches that could not be aired to a general audience. The sketches were recorded over a three-day period in front of a live audience at the Toronto Free Theatre.
Double Exposure was a Canadian radio and television comedy series which satirized contemporary Canadian politics. The show starred Linda Cullen and Bob Robertson (1945-2017), and focused primarily on the stars' voice impersonations of Canadian political and cultural figures. In addition CBC staff announcer Bob Sharples provided the introductions and conclusions to Double Exposure shows and provided narraration for many Double Exposure skits.
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Frantic Times is a Canadian comedy album, performed by The Frantics comedy troupe. The original LP was released in 1984, and was reissued as a CD with additional tracks by Deep Shag Records in 2003. The album is wholly made up of sketches and songs that appeared on their CBC radio show Frantic Times. The skits were recorded in front of a live audience in the Blue Orchid Room at the Ontario College of Art.
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Jason Reich is an American television writer who has won four Emmy Awards for his work on The Daily Show, for which he wrote from 2002 to 2007. He was also one of the writers of America . An established sketch comedy actor, he is occasionally seen in the background of skits on the show. Reich has been a member of numerous comedy troupes, including the Skits-O-Phrenics of Cornell University, Three Jews And A Persian, and Plants Need Water. He was also a one-time contributor to Wholphin. He was a 1997 IRTS fellow. He is a brother of the Beta Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. He left The Daily Show in 2007 to work on a start up comedy internet site owned by The Huffington Post, 236.com.
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Ed Gruberman may refer to:
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