Halifax-based sketch comedy troupe Picnicface has a big second half of 2011 ahead. Besides their brand-new eponymous television show, which debuts this fall on The Comedy Network, they've also completed a feature film, Roller Town, which they hope will hit theatres this fall, as well. Oh, and they wrote a book, too -- Picnicface's Canada, a satirical almanac of Canadian history -- which will be released from Harper Collins on October 25th.
Not too shabby for a group of 8 comics who got their start in 2006 performing around Halifax, only to blow up big-time on the interwebs with a series of viral videos -- the most famous being "Powerthirst" (though my personal favourite is probably the endlessly silly "Hey Africa"). The troupe -- Bill Wood, Evany Rosen, Mark Little, Brian Eldon Macquarrie, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Scott Vrooman, and Andrew Bush -- are making their first ever collective appearance at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival this year, performing a 90-minute set of sketch comedy sponsored by their television home, The Comedy Network.
I got the opportunity to speak with the two lovely ladies in Picnicface, Evany Rosen and Cheryl Hann, about their own comedic starts, the progression of the troupe, their Just for Laughs expectations, and of course, the bazillion projects they have coming out this year.
Picnicface's sole Just for Laughs appearance is taking place tonight -- Thursday, June 28th -- at Place des Arts - Cinquième Salle. For last-minute tickets and more info, visit hahaha.com!
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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)