Photo by Corbin Smith
So After our four day sold out run at The John Candy Box in Toronto of Baram and Snieckus: Still Figuring it Out, I sat down with fellow creator and co-artistic producer of The National Theatre of The World, Naomi Snieckus to chat about our experience, what we learned and what lies ahead for us as a duo.
Naomi: First of all I just want to say that I’m a huge fan.
Matt: Of Mine?
Naomi: I’ve been wanting to get on your show for a long time.
Matt: It’s not a show, it’s our Blog. The National Blog of The World.
Naomi: Well I’ve been wanting you to blog about me for a long time.
Matt: I do a lot, you just never look at our website.
Naomi: I don’t know if you noticed but just… we live together and I’m always doing things around the house. Always wondering if you’ll blog about me. So this is big for me.
Matt: And me. Because we wrote a whole new slate of new sketches.
Naomi: We did.
Matt: And performed them at the John Candy Box at The Second City in Toronto.
Naomi: We had some lovely support from the community. We sold out the run. And I’ll tell you what the most satisfying things for me was hearing my lines out loud.
Matt: Okay, you can’t do this whole thing like a joke.
Matt: Just because I’m your husband doesn’t mean this isn’t a real thing. I’m a serious blogger right now. I have serious questions and I expect answers.
Naomi: Fire away!
Matt: Do you love me?
Naomi: So much.
Matt: NO KISSES! This is serious.
Naomi: SERIOUS! Okay. Just let me squeeze a nip.
Naomi: To be honest, this isn’t as fun as I thought it would be.
Matt: Get into this!
Naomi: Okay. We’ve worked together for over ten years now. If you count the Second City MainStage, NTOW, The workshops we teach, the shows in Europe and Scandinavia, TV shows, commercials, movies…This was the most fun I’ve ever had.
Matt: Why do you think that was?
Naomi: We kept up a good pace of drinking during rehearsal.
Matt: Babe. Serious.
Naomi: I don’t know. Theses are hard hitting questions. Oh, I know. Every night before we went on, you would say, “We’re just inviting people to our party”. And I liked that. It took all the pressure away. It was jokes.
Matt: What’s the plan now that we’ve done Baram and Snieckus: You and Me Both and Baram and Snieckus Still Figuring it Out?
Naomi: I thought YOU had a plan.
Matt: We take our favourite sketches from each show and create an even stronger third show. A Super Show based on the things we most like to do.
Naomi: I LOVE that. Do you have any roles for the Snieckus lady?
Matt: We’re gonna look around. Cast a wide net.
Matt: Our audiences have been telling us that they mostly connect to our relationship scenes, so we’re gonna keep focusing on that.
Naomi: And I’m looking forward to our showcase in LA.
Matt: On November 5th at io West. So please come by and check us out.
Naomi: Check us ooooot.
Matt: Who do you want to thank?
Naomi: Deanna Palazzo and Jen Pogue. I think that’s actually why it was so much fun. Those dynamos produced it and kicked butt. Could seriously have not done it without them.
Matt: We also did some world premiers of two filmed sketches directed by Warren Sonoda and we got some great reads from the audience on those.
Naomi: Big laughs. And surprising laughs. Very rewarding. Big thanks to Derek Horn who worked tirelessly to get this edited in time for our run.
Matt: Huge thank you to all of those people who donated to our Indiegogo campaign. They made it all happen. Thanks to the Second City staff including Matt (not your husband) Hallworth who stage managed and was flexible enough to let us change things up every night.
Naomi: And thank you to you.
Matt: And to you.
Naomi: Now can I squeeze a nip?
Matt: This is sexual harassment in the workplace!
Naomi: But honey.
Naomi: We work from home.