2020 Canadian Screen Award WINNER!

28 May

Well, hot damn if it isn’t my first Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing for Corner Gas Animated! Such a thrill to win. Such a bizarre thing to win while in my basement office drinking wine alone.
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Many thanks to the entire Corner Gas Animated team. It was truly one of the best writing jobs I’ve ever had, and I’m not just saying that because it came with free breakfasts.

I remember vividly last year, being backstage of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards as one of the writers of the show, thinking how funny it would be to win *next year* and purposely make my speech super short because I know how the producers are always worried about the show going too long. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that the following year, I would be nominated and win, but the entire show would get cancelled because of a world-wide pandemic which would result in me animating my dog to give my acceptance speech. (If you wanna see that acceptance speech, check out my twitter @dianafrancesvan because the video wouldn’t upload here for some dumb reason.)

Brent Butt also won for Best Performance and the show won for Best Animated Show. Feels like this show will have a long life on air and I wish everyone involved the best.

Girl’s Nite Out – St. Catherine’s (again!)

8 Mar

Oh hello again, St. Catherine’s. Third year in a row we’ve brought in International Women’s Day with you! And apparently we’ve already been asked back for 2021! (Assuming there is a 2021.)

Don’t tell Evira I posted this picture cause she was having a day where her hair looked GREAT in person but weird in photos… according to her. But the day was extra special to me because…

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… my biological father (who I just met in November) came to see me perform for the first time ever. I know he’s my daddio cause man do we ever have the same nose or what?

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Dadsy even got to meet my super handsome fella-man. What a crazy-ass night.

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2020 Writer’s Guild of Canada nomination!

4 Mar

Well holy hell this is grand news! Being nominated for a WGC Award is tickling me all kinds of pink cause it’s the peers, ya know? And to be nominated with two JANN’s and two Schitt’s Creek’s? That’s just the best.

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Fun fact, the script I’m nominated for is called ‘Tag, You’re I.T.’ which features an animated cameo of my dog, Hunter in the opening scene…

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AND… Hunter was also in the Season 2 finale of Schitt’s Creek! (And yeah, that’s me doing terrible background acting.)

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So frankly, I think Hunter needs a cameo on JANN to round out the nomination good luck. He’s ready and willing to work:

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2020 Canadian Screen Award nominations!

17 Feb

What the who? How exciting is this!

Nominated for my writing on Corner Gas: Animated AND the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Plus, both shows got their own nominations.

Congrats to everyone involved. There are always so many great minds on a single script. There’s no way I can take all the credit, but I will for sure buy a fancy dress and represent for both shows!

 

Girl’s Nite Out – Collingwood, Ontario

7 Feb

So great to be back for the second year in a row at the Collingwood Legion for another sold out Girl’s Nite Out show on International Women’s Day weekend.

Shout out to our second-half talk show guest, 95 year-old Joyce who used to be a microbiologist. At 85 she got bored and started taking flying lessons. You know AS ONE DOES AT 85.

She could not for the life of her figure out what we wanted her to do in the ‘audience sound effects’ scene, but it was the best kind of gong-show.

Improv in Algonquin

13 Sep

Sometimes you get asked to do an improv show with two of your best friends, Ashely Comeau and Karen Parker in weird-ass places. Like a camp in the middle of nowhere in September that you have to take a rickety boat to get to, filled with women, yoga and a lot of wine.

The weather is rainy and terrible and it feels like the beginning of a horror movie…

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But then you realize you can do a show in matching plaid shirts and it all feels a little better…

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And then the show is over and you’re drinking with a hundred wicked women and Karen gets this crazy cool shot…

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And that’s when you realize your day job of making people laugh is pretty damn good.

JFL42 ‘Talking to Canadian Television Writers’

11 Sep

Excited to be part of the panel chatting all things writing, comedy, Canada and probably more. Featuring Kurt Smeaton, Nelu Handa, Andrew Bush and myself!

September 29 – 3pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

Click HERE for tickets

Girls Nite Out @ The Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon)

10 Sep

Love love LOVE doing shows with these maniacs and we’re back at the gorgeous Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon with our mix of stand-up and improv comedy.

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Globus Theatre @ The Lakeview Arts Barn

2300 Pigeon Lake Road
Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0
(705) 738-2037

1-(800)-304-7897

Click HERE for tickets

Somehow, whenever it comes time for backstage selfies, Elvira Kurt is nowhere to be found. Then she comes in, sees we’re doing selfies and yells at us for not including her in the selfies. So enjoy the most recent round of selfies sans Elvira. (No idea where Jennine Profetta went in the last pic, but Karen Parker and I are clearly horrified/amused.)

Ladies Against Humanity @ The Rio Theatre

21 Mar

Always a pleasure to knock some dirty improv out of the park with these crazy ladies. Thanks to Daniel Chai and The Fictionals for inviting me to play Ladies Against Humanity. Oh god, the number of vagina jokes we did…

So much fun playing with Angela, Rae-Lyn, Clare, Margret, Ese, Denise and Alex. Everyone’s hair is so on point in this photo.

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We won 2 Davey Awards!

15 Mar

WE BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD!

Double Barrel Wins Two Davey Awards for Hamilton/Burlington SPCA Campaign Video, written by myself and Jennifer Goodhue.

The spot stars Jennifer Goodhue, a bunch of adorable rescue cats and my dog, Hunter.

 

From the Double Barrel press release:

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It’s a tail as old as time: a great idea deserved a good home and after a few laughs, an award-winning match was made.

What started as an idea for a comedy sketch (“How about we show people speed dating, but with cats?”) became an online hit (10,000 views on launch day) and won two Davey Awards, in part because funny got paired with the right client and cause.

Let me back up and re-introduce you to some funny ladies I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Diana Frances (The Hour, The Debaters) and Jennifer Goodhue (Baroness Von Sketch Show, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Comedy Inc.) of F & Good Comedy have been strategic comedy partners of Double Barrel for almost three years. While collaborating on original comedy content, we’ve lightened up some pretty heavy issues and had a great time doing it. But none have brought home so many awards.

When we approached the Hamilton Burlington SPCA with the idea, not only were they excited about our vision, but it was a perfect fit to promote their Meet Your Match pet program. Starring animals Spike, Knuckles, Magoo, Sephora and Odin, in SPCA: Cat Speed Dating we had some laughs at the very real awkwardness of speed dating, while educating on HBSPCA’s valuable pet matchmaking process.

We are so proud of this piece and are excited that the Davey Awards have recognized Double Barrel and SPCA: Cat Speed Dating with a gold award in the category of Online Film/Video and a silver in Online Film/Video – Comedy. It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate this award with the team at the HBSCPA and to use our funny business to support the great work they do in our community.