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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 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!

 

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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Girl’s Night Out – East Coast Tour Dates

4 Jan

The ladies (and one guy) are heading to the East Coast of Canada for a mini-tour. Come join us and see if the set list gets longer than just Elvira, Options and Bell/Horn.

 

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February 2nd: Fredericton Playhouse, 686 Queen St,  Fredericton NB: Click HERE for tix.

February 3rd: Imperial Theatre, 12 King Square South – Saint John NB: Click HERE for tix.

Feb 4th: King’s Theatre, 209 St George St, Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia: Click HERE for tix.

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Girl’s Night Out – Elliot Lake SOLD OUT!

4 Jan

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Just when I’m about to plug the damn show I learn it’s sold out. So THAT’S great!

If you’re in the Elliot Lake, Ontario area and wanna see what you’re missing – click HERE

Improv in Ireland – Grand Stretch

13 Oct

You know what makes the Irish laugh? Everything. Even before the show starts.

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Got to perform the inaugural TheatreSports Ireland show thanks to this hard working fella,  Darren Yorke of Grand Stretch Improv.

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Got too drunk/excited to take a cast photo, but Darren joined me, Denise Jones, Michael Teigen, Dan Dumsha, Duane Keogh, and special guest Dave Keogh on guitar. Here are some of us, already drinking before the show started.

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