From a media release:
â€“ Sketch-comedy series is created by award winners Gary Pearson and Dan Redican and stars top Canadian comedic talent, including Kathleen Phillips Lauren Ash, and Pat Thornton â€“
â€“ Homegrown series to be co-produced by Toronto-based Counterfeit Pictures and Winnipeg-based Buffalo GalÂ Pictures â€“
Welcome toÂ Sunnyside, the not-so-typical neighbourhood where anything can happen, and almost always does. City has greenlit the all-new original sketch-comedy series from award-winning creators Gary Pearson (This Hour Has 22 Minutes,The Ron James Show) and Dan Redican (The Kids in the Hall,Â The Jenny McCarthy Show). With principal filming on the six-episode, half-hour series slated to get underway this September in Winnipeg, the all-Canadian cast features one of the industryâ€™s brightest and hottest comedic talents, Kathleen Phillips. Developed and commissioned by Rogers, to be co-produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures,Â SunnysideÂ will air mid-season on City. Additional broadcast details to be announced at a later date.
â€œCanada loves comedy, but the raw, unpredictability of a homegrown sketch-comedy series is something we feel audiences just arenâ€™t getting enough of on their prime-time schedule,â€ said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. â€œCity is proud to be working with some of the countryâ€™s top comedic talent to bring this format back to prime time and deliver this fresh brand of comedy to viewers.â€
SunnysideÂ is a quirky neighbourhood in transition, where residents arenâ€™t always what they seem and surprises lurk around every slightly dingy corner. Featuring people from all walks of life â€“ from hipsters and young professionals to yoga moms and romantic crooks â€“Â Sunnysideis brought to life by a talented ensemble cast, led by the hilarious Kathleen Phillips. See below for full cast biographies.
Phillips is a rising star who has quickly become a staple of Torontoâ€™s comedy scene. Originally from Keswick, ON, she was recently namedÂ NOW Magazineâ€™s Best Character Comedian. She has written and starred in a series of one-woman shows, includingÂ The Loner ShowÂ andKathleen Phillips Is A Haunted House. Phillips has been a regular contributor, as both a writer and performer, to the radio programÂ This Is That, and has had recurring roles onÂ Howie Do It,Dan for MayorÂ and, most recently,Â Mr D.
Ash is a recent alumnus of both the Second City Chicago and Toronto Mainstages and recently starred alongside Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira in the City comedy seriesÂ Super Fun Night. Originally from Belleville, ON, she is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Improviser and two-time nominee for Canadian Comedy Person of the Year.
Thornton is an established stand-up and sketch performer, appearing at festivals such as SXSW, Just For Laughs, and JFL Toronto. He is also a founding member, former head writer, and one of the stars ofÂ SundayÂ Night LiveÂ with his troupe, the Sketchersons (for which they won a 2007 Canadian Comedy Award).Â A Kingston, ON native, Thornton has acted in comedy series such asÂ Satisfaction,Â Punched Up, andÂ The Jon Dore Show.
Goodman is an established star of the stage and small screen.Â Her TV credits includePlatinum,Â produced by Sofia Coppola and John Ridley,Â Road Crew,Â Maximum Dimensions, and most recently,Â The Firm, in which she starred alongside Josh Lucas. Born in Toronto, Goodmanâ€™s extensive stage credits include 18 years with Little Red Theatre Company, the lead role inÂ Touch the SkyÂ at Young Peopleâ€™s Theatre, and, most recently, a role in the award-winning New York City stage playÂ First Hand Woman.Â
Hailing from Oakville, ON, Moran spent 2013 touring the United States as a writer and star of bothÂ Spank!Â (Official Selection: “Just For Laughsâ€ 2013) andÂ Hungry Hungry Games. She is a regular improv performer, having appeared in such shows asÂ Provocateur, The Video Game Show, Whedonesque, andÂ Throne of GamesÂ (Official Selection: Toronto Next Stage Festival 2013). Moran can be seen on episodes ofÂ Space Janitors, The Next Step,Â andÂ Too Much Information,Â as well as on YouTube as one half of the comedy duo â€œWildcatsâ€ with Jon Blair.
Vidal is currently starring on The Second City Mainstage and drawing rave reviews for his performances in shows such asÂ We Can Be HeroesÂ andÂ Sixteen Scandals. A Toronto native, he started his sketch and improv career in 2009 with a University of Toronto group called Skule Nite and with classes at The Second City Training Centre. Vidalâ€™s recent credits includeÂ RENT(Fallen Rock and Lower Ossington Theatre), andÂ HairsprayÂ (Curtain Call Players).
Norman is an acclaimed screenwriter, director, actor, improviser and Canadian Comedy Award winner. Originally from Markham, ON, his writing credits includeÂ The Beet Party,Â Versus Valerie,Â Sexy Nerd Girl,Â Guidance, and the animated feature filmÂ The Nut Job, starring Will Arnett. Norman is currently a member of â€œMANTOWNâ€ (2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Improv Troupe), and a performer with Torontoâ€™sÂ Just for LaughsÂ festival.
The original series is produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures. Anton Leo, Shane Corkery, and Dan Bennett from Counterfeit Pictures and Phyllis Laing from Buffalo Gal Pictures serve as Executive Producers. For Rogers, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, and Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content.