For Throwback Thursday- which I’m surprised has yet to be recognized as a national holiday- here are three short, violently offensive sketches featuring the talents of the Alex Dafoe, Wade Fennig, Ryan Tapping and my father, Marcel Perro, co-written by myself and Bob Woolsey.
Because I have a terrible memory, I can’t guarantee that this is true but I vaguely recall that the premise of these started with a mutual friend suggesting to Bob and I that it would be funny for a series of sketches about a group of suits in a boardroom making decisions throughout history. So naturally, we stole this idea and decided on JFK’s assassination and the invention of soccer. Gentleman, scholar and bandit Keith Opatovsky filmed the shorts that I do believe were screened at the occasional Idle Minds show. Check out their website and like them on the Facebook. And if you’re in or around Vancouver, check out their live shows. They’re funny fuckers.
As has become the customary once-weekly reflection on days past (hereafter referred to as “Throwback Thursday”), here is the second and final season of the partially self-titled webseries I co-wrote/starred in.
There’s a lot of splendid weirdness in the comedy that myself and writing partner Bob Woolsey were able to insert into these episodes. As a whole, it’s something I’m immensely proud of; This webseries- particularly these episodes- ring truest to the comedic voice Bob and I worked to cultivate over a number of years and projects, and we wouldn’t have gotten there without the support of our friends who trusted us one hundred percent. I felt and still feel a great privilege to be on set and work with a stellar cast and crew we were able to entice to come out and play each weekend. It was honestly some of the most fun I had making comedy in Vancouver. Episodes 2 and 5 are personal favorites.
It is strange however, when life imitates art.
In the mid to late aughts, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by some amazing actors who were as talented as they were oddly agreeable to do whatever weird little tornado of absurdity we threw at them. I cherish those times and am very proud they exist forever on the internet. Sketch comedy is a fucking blast.
Here are five of the oddest we filmed.
1. The Heartbreak
This one is a favorite, in part because I was present during filming and saw no less than nine takes of Wade falling out of the elevator.
While I am not an actor by trade, on several occasions I have plowed the depths of my soul and harvested the raw emotions necessary for the stage. Sure, most of those times I was playing a stupider version of myself, stumbling quietly through words I had written while wearing clothes I usually wore, but it was still hard work.
The premise of Bob & Andrew is pretty simple: two buddies- one straight and one gay- attempt to solve their relationship troubles. Here’s a playlist of season one. Stick with it; Bob can act well, while mine improves somewhere around episode 3.