Hot Thes­pi­ans get nod for Cana­dian Com­edy Award

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WIN­NIPEG com­edy troupe Hot Th­es­pian Ac­tion must be do­ing some­thing right. Of funny. Or righ­teously funny.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, the fiveper­son team has been nom­i­nated for a Cana­dian Com­edy Award for best sketch troupe in Canada.

The an­nounce­ment comes as the peren­nial fringe festival favourites make their na­tional TV de­but on the Win­nipeg Com­edy Festival episode ti­tled The Su­per Good All Star Mu­si­cal Va­ri­ety Spe­cial, air­ing on CBC Tues­day, June 12, at 9 p.m. The episode also fea­tures Canuck comics SCTV vet An­drea Martin, Jes­sica Holmes, Sean Cullen and Gavin Craw­ford, and is the last to screen of this sea­son’s episodes filmed live at the Pan­tages Play­house The­atre in April of 2011.

“It’s been a long wait, but it’ll be worth it,” says Hot Th­es­pian Ac­tion mem­ber Garth Merke­ley, “We’ve seen a pre­view of the spe­cial, and it’s great! We still can’t get over the fact that An­drea Martin says our name!”

The Cana­dian Com­edy Awards are held an­nu­ally to rec­og­nize co­me­di­ans in all fields. This year, the prizes are awarded Aug. 23-26 in Toronto.

The troupe will re­turn­ing to July’s Win­nipeg Fringe The­atre Festival, with a new col­lec­tion of sketches en­ti­tled Body Lan­guage. The group has won Best of Fest at the Win­nipeg Fringe for the past three years.

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