Friday, November 26, 2010

Introducing...'Locker Lives'!!!

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Just picture were ten or maybe even a teenager already - it's the early 90's and you are all about MC Hammer, Vuarnet t-shirts, criss-crossed overalls and big pouffy hair. You get home from school at around 4:30 and channel-surf till you come across that show - the one you hate for it's 80's inspired music, never-ending clich├ęs and tacky morality but love all the same for its catchy opening and naive simplistic view of a high school life you never had but always hoped for. You just have to see what happens next - will Zack and Kelly finally become an item? Will Jessie really overdose on speed? Will A.C Slater ever change that awful hair, not to mention the pants? Yes folks, I'm talking about the 90's hit show Saved by the Bell. Call it what you will, a high school hell-ground, a daytime-show nightmare but there was something about Saved by the Bell that left viewers wanting more. It is precisely this sentiment that we, at Ottawa Sketch plan to capitalize on, though not without some sarcasm and irony. We have just finished shooting the opening of our main sketch of the webseries called Locker Lives, a show loosely based on Saved by the Bell but not a parody...exactly. Like the hit show, Locker Lives will follow a group of archetypal teens as they make their way through the harrowing world of high school. The only difference is, the teens in this show are not teens at all - they're washed up actors in their 30s and 40s who've been on the show for over a decade, desperately clinging to their youth while begrudgingly acting in the only gig they can get in town. Locker Lives will centre mainly around the lives of the cast and crew of this teen dramedy off-set. So stay tuned for more updates on Ottawa Sketch's Locker Lives as we delve into the melodrama of what happens behind the scenes!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wanna know more about us? Check out our cast bios:

Sarah Argue: Sarah is one of the founding members of the group. Acting, directing, writing, producing, composing, paragliding, bull-fighting and deep sea diving are just a few of the things that Sarah has never done but hopes to do as a member of Ottawa Sketch.

Rachelle Casseus: Rachelle is one of Canada's first test tube babies. In fact, she still keeps her 'mother' on a shelf in her room. She credits her unusual upbringing with giving her a unique comedic perspective on life, "when your mother is a test tube and your father is a beaker, you just see the world differently".

JF Dufault: A prolific microbial geneticist, JF's chief concern outside of his work is racing chickens, "chicken racing is my life...I love chickens and racing them, but comedy's cool too I guess ". When not racing chickens or doing comedy JF keeps busy playing euchre.

Charlie Ebbs: Though not particularly funny in any way, Charlie considers himself a comic genius. Although never professionally trained, Charlie's artistic background is mainly centered on interpretive dance, which he tries to apply to many of the sketches to no avail.

Tim Finnigan: Author of many self help books, most notably 'Get Rid of Those Post-Pregnancy Blues' and piano prodigy from the age of three, Tim has appeared in almost every major network talkshow (as an audience member). Due to a restraining order, he is not allowed within 500 feet of Phil Donahue.

Stephanie Halin: Another founding member of the group and also a former Spanish contessa, Steph now lives with the stray cats on Parliament Hill. She states, "I've given up life at court for a simpler, more feline existence, though sometimes I do miss the parties".

Henry Kwok: Born in Hong Kong, Henry has a secret obsession for calypso music and island culture. A licenced veterinarian, Henry spends his free time drinking banana daiquiris and braiding his hair. Last winter he put de lime in de coconut and knocked up 'Miss Trinidad and Tobago 2009'.

Jen Rutherford: The youngest from a family of twenty, Jen prefers to spend her time alone and dislikes any form of group involvement, "I can't think of one member of the group I like working with. I hope I can make some money with this show so I can work by myself ". Jen's hobbies include bear-hunting and d├ęcoupage.