Well we know it makes us sound ancient but didn’t 2017 zip past us with the blink of an eye? Come to think of it, we may not be the oldest fresnel on the lighting grid (obligatory theatre reference that will appeal to our lighting designer friends) but we ain’t the newest either. By the time October 2018 rolls around, we will have existed for a cool ten years in this crazy biz they call show. We don’t call it show but we have decided to acquiesce to whomever it is “they” are in this particular case. They are often louder than us and correct enough of the time to keep us compliant. We haven’t had time for tired cliches anyhow. We’ve had “bigger fish to fry”.
2017 has been a year of transitions for NTOW. We enjoyed a fantastic run of The Script Tease Project at IMPRO Theatre LA where we completed plays started by Justin Tanner (20 produced plays, Gilmore Girls), Joel Cohen (The Simpsons), Tim McAuliffe (Last Man on Earth), Michael MacLennan (This Life, The Fosters), and Sean Reycraft (Killjoys, Beverly Hills 90210). Hats off to Dan O’Connor and the imitable ensemble and staff at IMPRO Theatre LA who took us in and embraced us in such a loving and non threatening way.
We also enjoyed a residency at ioWest Theatre in Hollywood where we performed sketches from the growing Baram & Snieckus catalogue and where we have made a veritable loot bag full of new friends.
Podcasts have been the latest cocktails that our geniuses have been exploring in our comedy laboratories. By the end of the year, we will have released episode 37 of The Baram and Snieckus Podcast. We round out the year by releasing a podcast that was recorded live in Toronto at Comedy Bar with Ennis Esmer (Red Oaks, Blindspot). He came in to talk about pet peeves. AND coming up our other special guest from the live recording: Gwynne Phillips (Templeton Philharmonic). So glad we captured a recording of these two funny people! Check it out.
We would like to thank everyone who made our year a success, we could not do it without you. Especially the dedicated work of actor, creator, florist and cracker jack producer: Jen Pogue. She is the absolute best. But don’t tell anyone, she’s OURS!
We would like to give a huge shout out to someone who moved on from NTOW in 2017, Deanna Palazzo who helped us keep our ducks in a row for several years and has moved on to creating amazing work on stage and screen (Haunted Huronia, Good Morning Apocalypse) You are a force Deanna and you are missed.
This year we also welcomed Sylvia Beirnes (ByCoastal) to the NTOW team. She has only been working with us for a short time and already she has adding such a serge of energy to our team. We can’t wait to see where we all go in this upcoming hear!
On to 2018 and our tenth year! 10 Years of amazing, life changing moments! From the first improvised play: Impromptu Splendor at Comedy Bar with Ron Pederson (at the suggestion of Steve Fisher) to selling out weekly at Bread and Circus with The Carnegie Hall Show to being invited to perform “theatrical improvisation” with our show The Script Tease Project at Theatre Passe Muraille and then Soulpepper and then all over the world from NYC to Berlin and next going back to our Second City routes and writing, performing, filming sketch with our Baram&Snieckus shows – this has been an incredibly rewarding and exciting adventure.
And now…what’s next you ask?? We are currently working on a time travel machine and investigating Chem Trails and other things we cannot talk about. We CAN however tell you that NTOW plans more podcasts, including a special parody of the serialized true crime genre called Someone Stole Something about a couple that investigate their cottage neighbours when three of their chairs go missing. Also we plan on recording more live Baram&Snieckus podcasts in a monthly hybrid live show concept at IO West Theatre in Hollywood. Watch for that!
Moving forward, we also wanted to let you know that NTOW is committed to looking out for our friends and to maintaining a high standard of professionalism and a zero tolerance for abuse and harassment. It is always our intention to have equal representation of genders and diversity in everything we do! Let’s make 2018 a year of inclusivity and magic!