Picnicface

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, October 5 on Space

Brian is replaced with Gord (a native Canadian) in order to make Picnicface more multicultural, but the new member proves to be less than charismatic. Sketches: an ad for a new facial varnish that will make you famous, a nervous man gives a presentation, a woman who fears trolls for some reason, a man who has found an unreasonable number of uses for BBQ sauce.

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, October 5 on Comedy Network

Brian is replaced with Gord (a native Canadian) in order to make Picnicface more multicultural, but the new member proves to be less than charismatic. Sketches: an ad for a new facial varnish that will make you famous, a nervous man gives a presentation, a woman who fears trolls for some reason, a man who has found an unreasonable number of uses for BBQ sauce.

10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Wednesday, September 28 on Comedy Network

A fan who won a contest to be on the Picnicface show joins the troupe at their house, and in their sketches. Sketch: An imaginary friend faces off with imaginary Jewish grandparents, a micromanager micromanages, a new ad campaign is pitched to revamp the image of Big Brother, two (formerly three) country singers’ reveal their dark past through song, a clipart demonstration of how trivia games are made.

10:30 p.m. ET/PT- PICNICFACE – Wednesday, September 21 on Comedy Network

Picnicface realizes that being Canadian entertainers doesn’t pay the bills so they have to find part-time jobs. Sketches: The Button, The Life Story of a Famous Porn Director, Cheryl sings about her Casio keyboard; a man’s journey for an internet password leads him across vast space and time.

There’s nothing funny about back-to-school, colder temperatures and the countdown to winter, but The Comedy Networks laughs it off with saucy specials, long-awaited returns and all-new hilarity.

Nothing says back to school like a blitz of hilarious specials including the killer ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN on Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.

When the roasting is done, rock out with JUST FOR LAUGHS: AMP’D (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET), a hilarious mix of music and comedy from the 2011 Just for Laughs Festival, hosted by ”Weird Al” 

Yankovic and including the return of Tom Green’s Organized Rhyme. Then, leave it to comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham to take it to the next level in a crazy, one-hour special, JEFF DUNHAM: CONTROLLED CHAOS (Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET).

Nothing and no one is off limits when fan-favourite TOSH.0 returns Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET with more sarcastic dissections of pop culture and the funniest of online videos. The following night, catch the TV debut of online sensation and Ha-Ha-Halifax-based sketch comedy troupe Picnicface in PICNICFACE premiering Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Then, The Comedy Network gives viewers a reason to stay in on Friday nights with the new outrageous original series COCKTALES, a weekly panel of guys’ guys that give “let it all hang out” a whole new meaning, beginning Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET.

Below is the list of Fall series on The Comedy Network. All programming is subject to change. Some screeners are available upon request.

 

SERIES

 

UP ALL NIGHT – Series Premiere – NEW

Monday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Regan and Chris have been married for seven years and have just had their first child. They quickly realize that the baby complicates their not-so-grown-up lifestyle, which forces some major changes.

 

FREE AGENTS – Series Premiere – NEW

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Alex is newly divorced and barely holding it together. After a drunken night, he ends up in bed with his co-worker, Helen. Helen is sure that she’s got it all together, but her obsession with her dead fiancée tells another story.

 

TOSH.O – Season Premiere

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

It’s another season of internet hijinks mixed with hilarity as Daniel Tosh breaks down the best and the worst videos online.

 

WORKAHOLICS – Season Premiere

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

The boys of TelAmeriCorp are back and ready for boozing, partying, smoking and, if there’s time…working.

 

PICNICFACE – Season Premiere – NEW

Wednesday, Sept. 21 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Picnicface realizes that being Canadian entertainers doesn’t pay the bills, so they search for part-time jobs. Sketches include: The Button, The Life Story of a Famous Porn Director, Cheryl and her Casio keyboard and a man’s journey for an internet password.

 

COCKTALES – Series Premiere – NEW

Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

At last, the key to the male psyche is revealed! Shot at the legendary Masonic Temple in Toronto, this new original production gives an inside look at what men really talk about behind closed doors. Nothing is off limits when this rotating panel of “guys’ guys” recount their sexcapades, hilarious pranks and wildest memories every week.

 

WHITNEY – Series Premiere – NEW

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

When Whitney tries to spice up the bedroom, her “naughty nurse” outfit lands her and her boyfriend among real nurses in the emergency room.

 

SOUTH PARK – Season Premiere

Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

They’re baaaack! Stan and friends return for more of their controversial antics in the second installment of Season 15.

 

SPECIALS

 

ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN – Special Debut – NEW

Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

This “epic” roast is pulling all the punches and Sheen has provided the kindling. With Seth McFarlane as the roast master nothing will be off limits.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS: AMP’D – Special Premiere – NEW

Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Watch the best in comedy as they blend music and comedy to create one of the coolest shows of the 2011 Just for Laughs festival.

 

JEFF DUNHAM: CONTROLLED CHAOS – Special Premiere – NEW

Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The suitcase posse is expanding and the jokes are flowing in this special premiere. Dunham has added two new stars to his repertoire: Achmed Junior and Little Jeff. The new additions guarantee to spice up the already side-splitting show.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS: A TRIBUTE TO NERDS – Special Premiere – NEW

October (date to be announced)

Everyone knows nerd is the new cool, just ask the hosts of JUST FOR LAUGHS: A TRIBUTE TO NERDS, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Check out one of smartest and hippest shows from the 2011 Just for Laughs festival, filled with techno-babble and World of WarCraft references and sure to totally blow your nerdy mind.

Click here to watch the Picnicface sneak peek preview.

Fresh from a Haligonian incubator, a new kind of sketch comedy series is born exclusively to The Comedy Network with the premiere of the original production PICNICFACE.

The darkly absurd and hysterically funny new half-hour series premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following a special sneak peak episode on Wednesday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

Known for their stream-of-consciousness style, the sketch comedy collective known as Picnicface mixes contemporary sketch with the absurd and random. The eight-person sketch troupe consists of Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian Eldon Macquarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman, and Bill Wood.

Describing themselves as “a many-headed comedy Hydra”, PICNICFACE offers a smorgasbord of comedy styles with self-aware and alternative sketches appealing to those who devoured everyone from MONTY PYTHON and THE KIDS IN THE HALL to Andy Samberg’s The Lonely Island and TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! The collaborative ensemble reclaims sketch comedy for the digital age, delivering the goods to a generation obsessed with instant viral gratification.

“PICNICFACE has already amassed an incredible and loyal fan base online,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We are thrilled to be working with this talented troupe, and can’t wait to see their online success translate to television.”

PICNICFACE will feature elements that fans may recognize from their popular live shows and their steady online presence. In the sneak peak episode airing August 31, the show revisits some of the troupe members’ online viral hits, including Manly Ad Agency and The Button, both of which amassed an incredible following online on College Humour and FunnyorDie.

Later this week, Picnicface attends Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival for a live performance on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts – Cinquieme Salle.  Additionally, the troupe has been busy wrapping their upcoming feature film Roller Town and completing their satirical book entitled Picnicface’s Canada, both set for release later this year.

PICNICFACE is an Ontario-Nova Scotia co-production between Breakthrough Entertainment and Northeast Films in association with The Comedy Network. Executive Producers are Gary Campbell (KIDS IN THE HALL, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, MADTV), Mark McKinney (KIDS IN THE HALL, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Ira Levy and Peter Williamson (KENNY VS. SPENNY, LESS THAN KIND); producers are Mark Montefiore (Eating Buccaneers), Bill Niven and Jay Dahl (There Are Monsters, Roller Town); directors are Andrew Bush and Vivieno Caldinelli. For Bell Media, Corrie Coe is the Senior Vice President, Independent Production and Production Executives for PICNICFACE are Sarah Fowlie and Jake Labow.

The Comedy Network, in association with Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. and Northeast Films Inc., announced today that production is underway on original scripted Canadian comedy series, PICNICFACE.

Executive produced by Garry Campbell (KIDS IN THE HALL, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, MADTV) PICNICFACE is the brainchild of the Halifax-based sketch troupe of the same name.

The series will premiere later this year, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

PICNICFACE is a fast-paced mash-up comedy, mixing contemporary, Pythonesque animation and absurd sketch comedy. Shooting on location in Halifax, principal photography of 13, 30-minute episodes has begun and is expected to wrap mid July.

“Picnicface is finally going to put their funny where their mouth is,” said Executive Producer, Garry Campbell. “As we capture their comedy on camera, soon all of Canada will know what I’ve known for some time now: Given a little luck, these guys have a 50/50 chance of being the next big thing.”

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the eight-person sketch troupe comprising Picnicface is Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian Eldon Macquarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood. Having amassed a following in their hometown and after posting “Powerthirst”, their short-video-turned-phenomenon on YouTube, Picnicface became an online sensation, capturing more than twenty million views.

The Comedy Network announced today that it has ordered a new, half-hour sketch comedy series PICNICFACE.

The brainchild of sketch troupe Picnicface and produced by Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., PICNICFACE the series is a fast-paced, mash-up comedy mixing a contemporary, Pythonesque animation and absurd sketch comedy.

Already an online sensation and garnering praise from sketch-com legends Will Farrell and Dave Foley, the troupe will hunker down in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Spring 2011, to begin principal photography on 13 episodes. Veteran Canadian comedy master Mark McKinney is Executive Producer and Showrunner.

“Irreverent and incredibly hilarious, we’re preparing to unleash the international Haligonian internet phenomenon, Picnicface, on our viewers,” said Millan Curry-Sharples, Vice-President, The Comedy Network. “With the undeniable comedic pedigree of Mark McKinney, this new world order of sketch is an ideal addition to The Comedy Network.” 

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the eight-person sketch troupe consists of Andrew Bush, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian MacQuarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood. Having amassed a following in their hometown and after posting their short video on YouTube called “Powerthirst”, Picnicface became an online sensation, capturing more than one million views. In 2007, Picnicface posted their first video shorts, including “Powerthirst” on Will Ferrell’s comedy website, funnyordie.com. Soon after, Ferrell hand-picked “Powerthirst” and two other Picnicface shorts as his favourite videos of the week, saying “Picnicface cranks out the goods”. Meanwhile, Dave Foley of KIDS IN THE HALL fame, called Picnicface “distressingly good”.

“PICNICFACE is the perfect multi-platform sketch comedy troupe for today’s audience,” said Ira Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Breakthrough Entertainment. “They are outrageously funny performers who embody the spirit of MONTY PYTHON and KIDS IN THE HALL. We’re thrilled that The Comedy Network has given them a television home.”

“Picnicface is extremely excited about the opportunity to expand from the internet to television on Canada’s go-to-comedy channel, The Comedy Network. And as soon as we’re finished doing celebratory log rolls down Citadel Hill, we will get busy writing,” said Scott Vrooman of Picnicface.