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Writers Guild of Canada Awards

24 Apr

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So this was pretty damn great. I won the Sondra Kelly Award – which is a cash prize given to a women mid-career, who needs some moola to finish a project.

I won with my half-hour comedy, Given Up – about my gong-show life with adoption. The cash not only gives me some breathing room to finish a new version – but it also allowed me to fly out my co-creator Gary Jones. So he could watch me thank him in person.

Yes. I’m up there in bare feet. If you’re curious, these are the sexy new shoes I bought that were trying to murder me after an hour of mingling.

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Thanks so much to the WGC and the legacy of Sondra Kelly.

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Girl’s Night Out – Barrie ON

14 Apr

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 1.46.03 AMIs there anything more fun that four wickedly hilarious women performing for a group of wickedly appreciative women? Yes. When there’s a guy on piano.

Thanks Jennine Proffeta, Karen Parker, Kevin J. Baker and our hilarious host Laurie Elliot.

I will never forget ‘Over-Sharon’ who pulled her entire skirt over her head while gyrating suggestively towards me.

Sex & The Suburbs – Maple Ridge Arts Centre

21 Jan

086cleavagesOh my home town of Maple Ridge got a face full of funny shit last night.

Things I learned from our Sex & The Suburbs Show on Saturday January 21st, 2017

  • A fog machine aimed straight up Denise’s skirt is far funnier than anything we were trying to do in our sexy Beyonce entrance.
  • Jamie makes a damn fine replacement for the now retired Ellie Harvie
  • The sushi place around the corner WILL make you late for your call
  • Every woman who told stories in the ‘Improvised Talk Show’ have crazy weird lives.
  • That Improvised Talk Show format REALLY works

The Smartass-ociates with Steve Patterson

6 Jan

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What a crazy bunch o’ fun working on this show was. We shot four episodes in March of 2016, then CBC Comedy got involved and we shot another two in November.

Watch all six episodes HERE on the CBC Comedy website.

Things I learned on The Smartass-ociates:

  • Ottawa has very politically savvy audiences. Weird.
  • Olympic Speed-skater Ivanie Blondin is really good at curling my hair
  • I will never be able to afford a home in Vancouver. Or Toronto. Maybe Sudbury
  • It’s hard to improvise a pitch to David Chilton in the ‘Lizard’s Pit’
  • Pouring maple syrup and chocolate sauce on DeAnne Smith is tasty fun
  • It’s pronounced ‘sen-shee-ant’ pipeline, not ‘sen-tee-ant’ pipeline
  • Never golf with Dave Hemstead
  • Jon Steinberg cares a lot about birds
  • VIA Rail trains make an excellent writer’s room
  • People get really excited about free mugs
  • If you get drunk on scotch and pickle juice after the first big day of taping, your nickname will forever be Pickle Juice. PJ for short.

CFC Primetime TV Program – Complete!

8 Mar
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L-R: Sarah Goodman, Nicolas Billon, Avrum Jacobson, Diana Frances, Molly Clayton, Eric Putzer & Ruth Madoc-Jones

We did it. After an amazing three months in a writing room with Avrum Jacobson, and another two months working with mentors to create original series ideas, we are DONE.

Click HERE to see the 2 minute teaser for my 1/2 hour original comedy ‘Touring Company,’ based on my early life as a children’s performer.

So much love to my fellow residents, and all the people who work behind the scenes to make the CFC Primetime TV Program such a success. Now, we leave the womb, cut the cord and get shot out into the world of writing television.

The CFC Primetime TV Writing Program — I Got In!

27 Sep

So very excited to be one of six residents for the 2015/16 Bell Media Primetime TV Writing Program at the Canadian Film Centre.

Our showrunner will be the lovely Avrum Jacobson (Endgame, The Listener, ReGenesis) and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

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Sex & The Suburbs | Chilliwack Cultural Centre | October 9, 2015

11 Sep

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 1.37.02 PMLadies of the Lower Mainland! You are not going to want to miss this hilarious improv show starring the Ladies of Leave it to Cleavage!

Grab your girlfriends, sip snappy cocktails and laugh your lashes off. Complete improvised – even the Talk Show, featuring special guests from the audience. Which could be YOU!

Sex & The Suburbs:

Starring Ellie Harvie, Christine Lippa, Denise Jones and a special surprise guest!

October 9th, 2015

7:30pm

Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Click HERE to buy tickets!