From a media release:
Â CBC today announced it has greenlit new half-hour sketch comedy seriesÂ TALLBOYZÂ (8×30) from Accent Entertainment and executive producers Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall, Young Drunk Punk) and Susan Cavan (The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, Young Drunk Punk). Starring the four members of acclaimed Toronto-based sketch comedy troupeÂ TallBoyz II MenÂ – Vance Banzo, Guled Abdi, Franco Nguyen, and Tim Blair â€“Â and creatively nurtured and developed by Bruce McCulloch,Â the series will start production in Toronto in April for broadcast on CBC and theÂ CBC GemÂ streaming service in fall 2019.
TallBoyz II MenÂ is a group of diverse comedians who explore themes of friendship, race, nostalgia, toxic masculinity and more in their sketches. In 2018, the Boyz won Outstanding Comedy Short at Toronto Sketchfest, Best of the Fest at Montreal SketchFest and Best Comedy at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
McCullochÂ and his fellowÂ The Kids in the HallÂ troupe members will receive theÂ Academy of Canadian Cinema & Televisionâ€™s Academy Icon Award at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards this Sunday, March 31, broadcast on CBC and CBC Gem at 8 p.m.Â (9 p.m.Â AT/Â 9:30 p.m.Â NT).
Produced by Accent Entertainment,Â TALLBOYZÂ is created by Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair, and Franco Nguyen with Adam Bovoletis and Luc Mandl. Bruce McCulloch is Executive Producer and Director, and Susan Cavan is Executive Producer.Â Paula Smith is Supervising Producer, Caitlin Brown is Co-Producer and Jen Goodhue is Consulting Producer.Â For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content, Michelle Daly is Senior Director, Comedy, Scripted Content; and Karen Tsang is Executive in Charge of Production.