Published on December 4th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Film Vault Friday: Picnicface

In case you don’t have any Canadian comedians or comedy fans on your Facebook or Twitter, the big news of the week is that Halifax sketch group Picnicface signed a big-timey tv deal with the Comedy Network. Yay! They’ll churn out 13 episodes in the new year, with air dates tbd. (No word on airings outside of Canada.)

If their name sounds familiar to you non-Canucks, you may have seen their videos on Youtube or on Funny or Die. Yeah, they do pretty good for themselves with that whole harnessing-the-web thing.

Here’s the thing though: since Picnicface is superawesome, and the Comedy Network tends to get easily bored with promoting superawesome Canadian things, some are celebrating cautiously. We pessimists are pretty sure we know how this will end, and it will not feel just. (Yes, the show has Kid in the Hall Mark McKinney as Executive Producer… but if these guys want to ensure a permanent, prime slot on the Comedy Network, they might want to consider adding a former Corner Gas star to their troupe. Just to be safe.)

But in the meantime, let’s celebrate the awesome news while we can, by raising a glass of…. Powerthirst!!!

About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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