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Dave Foley Is Returning to Network TV as the Star of Canada's 'Spun Out'

Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio star Dave Foley is returning to network TV next month, with a starring role in a new Canadian sitcom. Called Spun Out, it's a multi-camera workplace comedy with an ensemble cast that will have Foley at its center. Foley will play the head of the public relations company that all of the main characters work for, with Paul Campbell, Al Mukadam, Rebecca Dalton, J.P. Manoux, Darcy Michael, and Holly Deveaux rounding out the ensemble. Spun Out, which premieres on Canada's CTV March 6th, is Dave Foley's first network sitcom since the short-lived 2011 CBS series How to Be a Gentleman and his first [...]

Wayne & Shuster: Canadian Comedy Cornball Supergods

It’s a lazy, trite comedy trope to make fun of Canada, at worst presenting it as an icy, bland, over-polite backwater, and at best, presenting it as a slightly dulled-down America Lite. Yes, they have Mounties and socialism and we share English and team sports and gravy-based foodstuffs, but Canada’s best offering, as far as the greater Splitsider community is concerned, is its plentiful offerings of sketch comedy and sketch comedians. They’ve given us so much: SCTV, The Kids in the Hall, and most everyone from Saturday Night Live ever. (And Will Arnett.) We could project this and assume, then, that if we dig a little deeper into Canadian [...]

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Chris Elliott to Star in CBC Comedy Series 'Schitt's Creek'

What's better news here — Variety's report that Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Elliott, and Levy's son Dan are set to star in a half-hour Canadian comedy, or that the show is called Schitt's Creek? According to the report, the show — which was co-created by the two Levys — focuses on "video store billionaire Johnny Rose (Levy), his soap star wife Moira (O’Hara) and their kids, who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset — Schitt’s Creek, an arm pit of a town they once [...]

The Coolest Comedy Scene You've Never Heard of Forms Temporarily Every Summer – in Canada

Every summer, the major cities across Canada play host to a series of Fringe theater festivals. As an American sketch comedian working in obscure black box venues across the Pacific Northwest, I had never heard of the Canadian Fringe Circuit until a fellow sketch comedian, Andrew Connor of the Cody Rivers Show, extolled the fests’ virtues during a panel discussion at the 2008 Seattle Sketchfest. The Fringe, Andrew explained, is a whole other world: a place for comedians to hone their craft, to network with likeminded folk, to get some (hopefully) usable pull-quotes from honest-to-God newspaper reviews, to be inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of other performers, and to [...]