Hotbox Coming to The Comedy Network

Take cover Canada. On Tuesday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, The Comedy Network’s newest original series HOTBOX crash lands on televisions everywhere. This bizarre sketch comedy show for the YouTube generation is the spawn of the unholy union of comedian Pat Thornton and The Comedy Network. Each 30-minute episode unleashes a burst of “smart-dumb” humour using puppetry, animation, and live action in random, short-form segments. For unrestricted and unlimited access to HOTBOX visit thecomedynetwork.ca.

There is no up or down, rhyme or reason to the 177 segments, 489 characters, and 13 installments of mixed-media madness. While poking, prodding, and close examination of HOTBOX is strongly encouraged, viewers are advised that prolonged and repeated exposure may cause laughter convulsions leading to hysteria, and in extreme cases, loss of bodily functions. While many bits like “Burt Squirt’s” and “Girl Dad” whiz by only once, recurring characters like Josh Combs of “Channel 79,” “Rage Rabbit,” and “French Toast Hawk” repeatedly assault the senses.

In each episode, a team of animated scientists have a “blast” experimenting with different ways to open HOTBOX, with hilariously catastrophic results. Only The Comedy Network viewers are granted entry — at their own risk. In the first installment (June 2), Robocop drops in for breakfast, a techno-obsessed Hitman makes his first hit, while Puppet Detective Gary Sinise leaves his perps perplexed. Socially stunted Brad Piss airs his first cringe-worthy commercial, and Z-lister Willie Montenegro plays host to celebrity guests such as Debra DiGiovanni, Colin Mochrie and Jon Dore in “Dinner in Space.” There’s also “Music Pants,” a “Press Conference with a Bear,” and “Stick Figure Action Theatre.” Subsequent episode highlights include online cult favourite “The Owl and The Man,” “Fake Nintendo,” and “Howdy Do That.” But that’s not all! Comedian Seán Cullen (Corky and the Juice Pigs, LAST COMIC STANDING), also appears in numerous episodes and is the voice of the captain in the recurring animated segments, “Lifeboat.”

In eight years as a stand-up, and sketch performer, Pat Thornton has delivered hundreds of shows across North America including Just for Laughs. He’s performed in New York City with his award-winning sketch group, The Sketchersons and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. On the telly, Pat’s been featured in dozens of programs including the 2005 CREAM OF COMEDY, and MuchMusic’s VIDEO ON TRIAL. Pat’s humour also extends to the virtual world with online comedy series THE Owl and the Man, which consistently ranked in the Top 5 most streamed shows on thecomedynetwork.ca.

HOTBOX is based on an idea by co-producer Pat Thornton and The Comedy Network. Vivieno Caldinelli (If I See Randy Again, Do You Want Me to Hit Him With the Axe?, THE OWL AND THE MAN) is Writer, Director and Creative Producer David C. Smith of S&S Productions (JEFF LTD, THE RED GREEN SHOW, HISTORY BITES), is Executive Producer. Andrew Barnsley of S&S Productions is Producer and Development Director. Words come courtesy of a six-person writing team led by Pat Thornton including Vivieno Caldinelli, Katie Crown, Bob Kerr, Graham Wagner, and Tim Polley. Michelle Daly is Director of Content, The Comedy Network. Sarah Fowlie is Manager, Original Programming, The Comedy Network. Animations are created by the talented artists at Smiley Guy Studios.

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