LOTS OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK - Everyone enjoyed the show.....I think we
could've sat there all day if you would've carried on......
I will probably have a copy of the video by the end of this week so I'll
get that to you via courier - (same address???) and a letter too - saying
how BRILLIANT you were....
Director, Customer Satisfaction
Ford of Canada
I just wanted to send you a quick email to tell you what a success our
Birthday Party was...and you were certainly a huge part of that. The
whole committee would like to thank you for all your hard work
especially coming in to meet with us to gather information. That is
the kind of special effort you don't see too often.
The improv was great! . Believe me when I say it was a lot of fun!!
Anyhow, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the whole staff really
enjoyed the performance...it was a great way to wrap up a fun day!
Greetings Fine People:
First of all thanks to both of you for inviting Carol and I. It was a great evening of "good community" and fine entertainment.
At the risk of getting a little mushy-there was a lot of love in the theatre on Saturday evening-The entertainers both of you work with are a caring group of people and they project it.
Secondly the evening was inspirational to anyone who has faced adversity or dares to dream: Rick/Lorelei this is evident by the fact that you guys pulled this event off with such quality, further the performance by Ian Thomas-"Rise above it" and Ruben "Hurricane" Carters' short but effective talk, speak volumes.
I look forward to working with the both of you in future and in particular look forward to "making a difference" with the synergies Eventure and Elevations can create.
Way to go!!
Yours In Love.
"Thank you so much for your great help with emceeing at our Kick-off. You did an amazing job! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we enjoyed having you. The feedback was great from everyone. Thanks again!"
"Just a much belated “ thank you” to you and yours for the tremendous job you did for Oirman Communications. I know I can always count on you to deliver a fabulous show - and the process of working with you is always top notch. That means a great deal to the corporate market. Reliability and talent - great combo!"
"Thank -YOU- Rick! The performance was fantastic and I got many kudos for hiring you guys! The whole troop was hilarious. Jon (the big boss that you met) almost cut out after dinner but said he was very glad he didn't - he especially enjoyed the "Gorgeous George" bit!"
"Rick, Rick, Rick...Thanks again for a wonderful job...lots of great feedback on the game show and your performances in Ottawa and Toronto."
"The event went very well. You and your team were great. We will be keeping in touch FOR SURE."
"THANK YOU....you were a fabulous host and did a wonderful job keeping the show moving."
"We have had the pleasure of working with Rick Wharton and his team of Improv Players. In fact, we have worked very closely on a large project with Rick. His Team exceeded our clients expectation. Rick took the time to do research on our client and determined the vision for the event and conveyed it perfectly to his team. The Improv Players went the "extra mile" by creating a comedy song, which enhanced their usual custom comedy performance."
"What a night at Casa Loma. Everyone enjoyed the show and told me "the comedians were funny" which may seem obvious but it is a true compliment as we have all sat through comedians who are not funny. YOU GUYS WERE FUNNY. On behalf of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto I would like to thank you, Albert Howell, Terry Hart and Rob McClean for agreeing to perform at our annual Your performance and professionalism guaranteed this success, and working with you certainly made my job easier."
"Thank You... your group made the evening."
"Once again Rick you did a great job – given the really tight timeframe – everyone enjoyed! Again – bravo!"
"I wanted to thank you and your 'team' for doing a great job on Thursday
"I just wanted to send you a quick email to tell you what a success our Teletoon 5th Birthday Party was...and you were certainly a huge part of that. The whole committee would like to thank you for all your hard work especially coming in to meet with us to gather information. That is the kind of special effort you don't see too often. The improv was great! Believe me when I say it was a lot of fun. Anyhow, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the whole staff really enjoyed the performance...it was a great way to wrap up a fun day! Thanks again."
"During my recent lecture series at the Ryerson School of TV & Radio Arts in Toronto, I had the pleasure of hosting Rick as a Guest Speaker. He was most eloquent and thoroughly engaged the class of mature students in the "art of the TV pitch" and the importance & role of publicity & promotions to support established shows/stars. Having known & worked with Rick for some 15 years, I was confident he would enlighten as well as entertain the somewhat jaded group of students, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself hanging on his every word; this old dog learnt several new tricks that evening! Thanks, Rick, you were great and the students all commented very favourably on your breadth of knowledge and professional demeanour...as well as the jokes and insider comments. You definitely get an A+ for that effort."
"Our sincere appreciation for the fantastic performance orchestrated by you and your colleagues. The celebration of our CEO's special birthday was enjoyed by all, even John, being the subject of the "roast." Many people dropped by to express their appreciation and admiration of the work done by you and your fellow comedians. I was completely amazed how you were able to take such bare bone facts and turn them into truly funny and memorable scenes."
"For the last celebration we booked a comedy show through Mr. Rick Wharton. All we asked of Rick was that it be entertaining and fun. The group consisted of 3 comic actors and 1 musician and the interaction with the employees was unbelievable. The actors had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. They had no problem getting people up to take part in the skits, in fact, a lot of people were hoping they would be asked to participate. The audience couldn't believe that it hadn't been rehearsed in advance. I felt the quality of the performers was well worth the price we paid and I would not hesitate to hire Rick and his comedy troupe in the future. Everything was taken care of. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the show."
"We laughed, we cried, we got our money's worth! That's how we feel about the 2 occasions we've had to enjoy the fun and laughter of Rick Wharton. We wanted to liven up an event to mark our newly merged company. Having you act as our MC meant that we had someone on stage who could deal with the duties in a light and upbeat manner. You and your posse then entertained us with hilarious, appropriate, audience-involved comedy. People still talk about how much they enjoyed the humour. Both times you have found the right balance between having fun and making fun, and involving our employees including our vice-presidents and CEO. We appreciate the professional manner in which you have worked with us, incorporated our needs into the shows, and helped us to accomplish our goals."
"We just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for a job well done at the Christmas Party. Your contribution was very well received and added a whole new dimension to the party."
"It was a great honor for our school to have yourself and your talented colleagues perform in support of the charity foundation. The professionalism, skillfulness and distinctly unique humour of your presentation were a pleasure to be a part of."
"Thank you for being a part of our Annual Gala Dinner-Dance. Your comedy sketches were a pleasant diversion from the normal wining and dining and it was equally for us up-towners to enjoy the company of familiar TV. faces. Rick if I may, I would like to confess, that I had my doubts as to the attention span of people in a ballroom of that magnitude, but your kindly whisper to me of "it's gonna be fine, you'll see" prior to the show was so appropriate and it was proven that you certainly know how to work a room professionally, as evidenced by the eager audience participation."
"Our goal at the hockey championship was to improve the entire experience surrounding the tournament to relieve player stress during a tension filled week and explore the "fun side" of sport. The cast planned out a performance based on my audience's needs and desires, they were interactive and explosive on stage. They created an atmosphere of friendship for 300 coaches, athletes and parents. When I saw them on stage, making my athletes laugh and smile, I realized the true meaning of production. Each of them has a commanding control of humour, but their ability to motivate 16-20 year olds was outstanding. The cast takes pride in their work, they were very professional and this desire to achieve success is remarkable. We have had countless letters of praise for this one event. It is important to note that many people can do a production but Rick Wharton will make it come alive. They love what they do!"
"Rick was not only willing to be involved with the charity benefit, but also committed to provide and produce an entertaining evening. All I can say is that it went beyond the call of duty. The evening was nothing short of spectacular! Rick's improvisational talents included active audience participation which allowed many to be "actors" themselves. The show was hilarious and the feedback for the evening was very positive."
"Your improv act was a wonderful climax to the day's activities. You and your group were very successful in interacting with the audience in a meaningful way, maintaining a spontaneous repartee while providing humour that was appropriate to our firm. The feedback we received from the attendees rated the evening's entertainment tops."
"A crowd of actuaries, lawyers, and their spouses is probably not the ideal comedy audience, but you and the other comics quickly broke the ice and had everyone laughing hysterically. The high energy, warmth and improv talents of your comics and the research you did into our firm really showed in your professional, very funny show. Rick Wharton (aka) The Conspiracy Guy, was a particular favourite with our crowd, many of whom recognized him from t.v. Enthusiastic comments on your comedy night are still coming in - thanks again for a great event!"
"We've done a lot of sound for many corporate shows in the U.S. and in Canada. Wharton and his comedy troupe are always top notch, classy, entertaining, and have the audience on the edge of their seats laughing."
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Planet of the freaks and geeks
What's it take to work at sci-fi channel Space, MuchMusic's weird cousin, three years old today? A strange desire to be probed seems to help
Glenn Lowson, National Post
Space hosts Jonathan Brynllyr, Dennis McGrath, Simon Evans, Rick Wharton and Natasha Eloi.
I have been pondering one of life's great mysteries -- a mystery to me, at least: SpaceNews videographer Natasha Eloi's mammoth hair. Surely this woman's do is the largest and most unusual hairstyle in Canada, if not the entire planet -- or, come to think of it, the known universe. I'm thinking the Conspiracy Guy would have something to say -- some weird-ass, demented theory -- about her hundreds of boingy curls, which frame her pretty face and take from four to eight hours to wash and style.
But more on the Conspiracy Guy later.
"I often think I should hide a camera in my hair," Eloi says, "to capture people's expressions when they see me. I may look like a disco queen, but when people find out what I'm really about, they're like, 'No way!' "
What is Eloi really about? Well, since she was a little girl, the 28-year-old has prayed to be abducted by aliens. She's still waiting, of course. This is as far as she's got -- the headquarters of Space: The Imagination Station, on the fourth floor of the ChumCity building in Toronto. Her biggest fear in life, she says, is that she won't be taken to outer space one day to have life-altering experiments conducted on her.
This girl is whacked, you can't help but think, but in such an awesome way. It's so perfect, in fact, for her job at Space. Celebrating its third birthday today, the science-fiction and fantasy channel is the top-ranked specialty network in Canada for both men and women aged 25-54.
"I was six years old and supposed to be going to Sunday school. But my aunt was going to see Star Wars. I had a little fit and ended up not praising God that day. I ended up seeing Star Wars instead and fell in love with Darth Vader," says Eloi, explaining her early draw to sci-fi.
As a child, she also loved everything and anything to do with superheroes -- today, she has almost every superhero action figure on her desk -- and used to play action figures with her younger brother. Except when Eloi played, Luke Skywalker dated Barbie.
"I was known as a freak in high school. If I got a toy ring in my Crackerjack box, I'd walk around pretending it was my magic ring and I had super powers," she says.
Now this makes sense to me -- not the addiction to sci-fi, but the freak stereotype associated with those who are. Which is why I've always wondered about the five on-air personalities on Space: Dennis McGrath, Jonathan Brynllyr, Simon Evans -- the hosts of Space Bar -- the Conspiracy Guy, a.k.a. Rick Wharton, and Eloi. Who are they and, more importantly in this instance, where did they come from?
Most viewers enjoy Space because of the programming you can't see anywhere else -- six airings a day of Star Trek, Sliders, First Wave, Quantum Leap, Babylon 5 and The X-Files. But it's these personalities who put personality into the station and have garnered cult status among viewers: the Conspiracy Guy's weekly, bite-sized theories (and hyena laugh) on cuddle toys, student summer jobs and bank mergers; the Space Bar hosts' bits of trivia, along with robot Simon 090491's (handled by Evans) wicked jokes, during the Saturday night sci-fi movie; and Eloi's reporting on topics ranging from sheep cloning to UFOs.
In person, all five are friendly, funny, smart and obviously tight-knit. They're like a family, connected not by common relatives but by their common affinity for sci-fi. And, in some ways, they are still the outcasts they may have felt they were in high school, what with sharing a building with MuchMusic and Citytv -- famous for its beautiful people in enviable jobs.
"We're pretty much a joke, I think, to the rest of them," laughs Evans. "It is like high school. We're the ones in the chess club or the yearbook committee."
Says Brynllyr: "That is why Space is so great: Because it offers something for people who are not generally accepted in society and gives them something to feel acceptable in. It's like high school. These are not the people who were on the sports teams in high school. They read books. Sorry, but sci-fi fans tend to be more intellectual."
But the channel's viewers are people you'd least expect. I know because I've asked around. Professionals of all sorts to teenagers are viewers of Space.
"Without a diehard audience, we'd be working at the 7-11," says McGrath. "Many of our viewers are stockbrokers who come home and the first thing they do is flip to Space. Our viewers are like soap opera fans. There are so many soap opera fans, but that doesn't mean they all go to soap opera conventions. Our viewers don't necessarily go to Star Trek conventions."
But why is sci-fi so popular? I've never figured it out.
"The thing about sci-fi is, it's never about the future. It's about now, safely set in the future," says McGrath. "Sci-fi allows things to be talked about in North American culture that we aren't comfortable talking about. In the second series of Star Trek, for example, you could see two women holding hands. It showed there would be tolerance in the future."
And the fans, no matter how freakish, do show their love for Space personalities. Especially for the Conspiracy Guy. He's received love letters and marriage proposals. His rants have been interrupted time and time again by passersby who want to talk about the JFK assassination, the death of Kurt Cobain, Princess Diana, or to talk about conspiracies against them.
"You start to be able to tell by their body language as they come up to you if they realize the Conspiracy Guy is just a character or not," says Wharton, a comedian in everyday life.
"Everybody," adds McGrath, who writes Conspiracy Guy's bits, "has their own conspiracy. Everyone thinks we're not being told things. But we try to stay away from real conspiracies."
Does the staff believe in another world, in aliens? Do they go that far?
"Everyone always asks that. I don't know how to answer. It's like asking 'What's your religion?' I am a little suspicious that they're always farmers and housewives who are taken away by aliens. And the butt probe. I just can't believe that. That's just wrong," says McGrath.
Eloi believes. Evans sort of believes.
Rest assured, it's not as if these five can't see the humour in some sci-fi flicks. "Some movies are so bad. They're not even kitschy B-Bad. They're just so bad, they're not even worth making fun of," says Evans.
And, rest assured, they can poke fun at themselves. "I used to make my own Star Wars props out of Lego as a child. I glued them together so they wouldn't fall apart and spray painted it all," says Brynllyr.
"OK, that's just plain weird," throws in McGrath.
At the end of the day, says Eloi, "Sci-fi fans are not eyeglass-wearing, pimply, buckteeth people who drink prune juice and eat hard-boiled eggs. They are the most passionate people you'll ever meet. They are completely harmless."
Laughing their way to Comedy Awards
Comics celebrated for hitting funnybones
By JIM SLOTEK
Many a metaphor has been offered up to define the weird beast that is Canadian showbiz. Tim Progosh, the founder of the Canadian Comedy Awards, has his own.
"In Canada, we have what I call a Roadrunner Complex, where if the Coyote's skateboard-wind machine runs out of extension cord, it crashes and you throw it away," says comic-actor Progosh, who's best known to TV viewers as the wizard Farouz from the erstwhile adventure series Sinbad.
"We don't make sitcoms anymore because we did that once -- Mosquito Lake -- and it didn't work. We don't put sketch comedy on CBC because there was one series, Sketchcom, so we can't do that again.
"The amazing thing is that, despite all this, there are people who spend their whole lives in Canada who are incredibly funny and manage to make a living. I don't think Canadians have an appreciation of how, for every Jim Carrey or Mike Myers, there's a Mike Wilmot, Derek Edwards or Pat McKenna, people equally as talented who stay here and do great things."
Which is raison d'etre No. 1 for The Canadian Comedy Awards, which take place Wednesday at Second City and will be televised later in the month on CTV and The Comedy Network.
(Raison d'etre No. 2 would be to make back some of the serious money Progosh and partner Chas Hay dropped on last year's first awards at the Masonic Temple. "It was an awful lot of money," says Progosh. "But we consider it an investment. We're in this for the long haul.")
This year, the awards cover a lot more territory and time -- starting tonight with an "oldies" Hall Of Fame fundraiser at the Performing Arts Lodge at 110 Queen's Quay W., a pay-what-you-can public event that will include shtick from golden-ager Jack Duffy and songs by Maureen Forrester, comedy from relative kids like Bruce Hunter, ex-Saturday Night Live/SCTV guy Tony Rosato, Fast And Dirty and more. "It'll be a variety special, Vegas-y and loose," says PAL producer Rick Wharton, star of his own Conspiracy Guy special on Space on Sunday.
Other "warm-ups" include Final Five shows at Second City Sunday and Yuk Yuk's Monday, featuring nominated sketch and improv artists at the former and standups at the latter. There's a Hall Of Fame lunch on Tuesday at Second City, hosted by Dave Broadfoot and featuring Rich Little (who, presumably for the occasion, can impersonate all the usual suspects you'd see at the old Dean Martin roasts).
Awards night itself is being billed as a departure from last year's model. Instead of a host, there's a "cast," led by Pat McKenna and Sheila McCarthy, who'll intro the categories with sketches.
The categories, as before, cross the map of entertainment, with nominations for movies (including William Shatner for playing himself in Miss Congeniality -- multiple noms went to Waydowntown, New Waterford Girl, Good Monday and Top Of The Foodchain), TV (with This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Made In Canada dominating) and stage (Chris Earle's Radio 30, Second City's Sordido Deluxo and racism spoof White Mice).
Female comics nominated in stand-up, improv and sketch include Elvira Kurt, Kristeen von Hagen, Martha Chaves, Lisa Merchant, Lisa Brooke, Moira Dunphy and The GTOs. Nominated males include Brent Butt, Derek Edwards, Jebb Fink, Tom Stade, Mike Wilmot, Bruce Hunter, The Chumps, The Goatee Boys, Noam Rosen and Peter Oldring. (More on: Canadian Comedy Awards).
Young and the Restless star to perform at event
Posted 1 year ago
Jerry Douglas, international film and television icon will perform at the Miramichi Lodge Auditorium for a very special afternoon on Oct. 18.
Mr. Douglas is best known for his character on the number one rated daytime drama Young and the Restless, patriarch John Abbott, for the past 27 years.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Douglas has guest starred in numerous television series and feature films including the HBO series Arrested Development and had supporting roles in Avalanche, Looker, Mommie Dearest and Oliver Stone's JFK among countless others.
Other television credits include classics such as The Rockford Files, Quincy, Police Story, Dragnet, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Mission Impossible, Streets of San Francisco and many more.
Mr. Douglas's first love, however, is singing.
He is considered by many of his fans and others as the last of the great crooners.
Mr. Douglas has toured the United States and Canada for more than 20 years by performing standards in casinos and concert halls to sold out audiences in the US and Canada and recently released his latest CD of popular melodies and jazz standards, "The Best is Yet To Come."
He is a very personable, charming and charismatic fellow who will put on a fantastic performance.
Miramichi Lodge is proud to this very intimate and unique afternoon performance.
This very special performance will feature two music sets and a private meet and greet, allowing fans the opportunity to meet Mr. Douglas up close and personal.
Part of the proceeds from the event and the silent auction will be directed towards residents programs at Miramichi.
As well, all money raised from the silent auction will be directed to Miramichi.
Mr. Douglas will spend some time visiting with residents during his time at Miramichi.
Coffee, tea, desserts and all taxes are included in the price. CDs will be available that afternoon which Mr. Douglas will happily autograph.
He is managed worldwide by Eventure Entertainment, a small boutique entertainment company based in Pembroke and Toronto.
Eventure Entertainment's specialties include talent management, live event production, corporate team building workshops, sports marketing, acting and improv classes.
Eventure provides speakers, celebrities, athletes, musicians and comedians for special events.
Eventure Entertainment is headed by Second City alumnus Rick Wharton, actor, comedian and producer (best known for is role as "The Conspiracy Guy" on SPACE: The Imagination Station) who has worked in the comedy, television and music business for twenty years.
He has worked tirelessly on many fundraisers and entertainment productions in Pembroke including comedy nights at various locations, the Pembroke Waterfront Festival, corporate entertainment for local businesses such as OLS, teaching children of deployed military personnel at the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, private lessons in improv, and workshops at various schools in the area.
Tickets are $25 and available on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is very limited.
For tickets , please contact Donna Cotnam at Miramichi Lodge at 613-735-0175, Lorelei Adlam at 613-633-1454.
Comedians will perform to help Miramichi Lodge
By DANIELLE VANDENBRINK, STAFF WRITER
Posted 2 years ago
Miramichi Lodge in Pembroke will host four nationally-acclaimed comedians on Nov. 14 for a night of standup comedy, music and improvisation.
Rick Wharton, who has appeared in popular comedy shows "Conspiracy Guy," "World Beer Games" and "Second City," has collaborated with Miramichi Lodge to bring the night of laughs together.
"It's like Ed Sullivan meets Red Green,"Mr. Wharton, who now lives in Pembroke, said.
The other performers include Alan Park, who has appeared in the CBC's the "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "Just for Laughs," Teresa Pavlinek, who has appeared on "The Jane Show," "Women Fully Clothed," and "Second City," and Bruce Hunter, who has appeared on "Puppets Who Kill," "The Red Green Show," "Illustrated Men" and "Second City."
Mr. Wharton described the guests as "top-notch actors."
"The calibre of talent is unbelievable," he said. "It will be a night of improv and standup and hopefully we'll raise funds," he said. "I thought this would be a great, great thing to do not only for Miramichi Lodge but for the community."
"We're really trying to create an awareness about Miramichi Lodge, what they have and what they do," he said.
Mr. Wharton said since he's moved to Pembroke, he was been trying to bring entertainers to the area. "It's a dream come true for me to work with all these guys."
Donna Cotnam, community relations coordinator for Miramichi Lodge, said the lodge hopes to use the money to purchase wheelchair- accessible tables for the dining room. "This would make (our residents') eating experience a whole lot better," she said. "There is just so much the residence need and all the little things add up."
She said donations make life more pleasurable for the residence all around.
"This is kind of a give back as well," she added, explaining there has been tremendous support from the community to the lodge. "It's our first attempt at an event like this and we hope to do it again."
The show will be held in a banquet hall at Miramichi Lodge, where there will be access to a bar.
After the show, the comedians will mingle with the crowd and sign autographs.
There will also be a raffle and silent auction during the evening.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Tanglewood Tack on Pembroke Street and at the Miramichi Lodge.
The doors open at 7:15 p. m. and the show runs from 8 p. m. until 10 p. m.
World-class comedians hit the stage during Snospree
One can usually find something funny to laugh about during the course of a week in Pembroke (or anywhere, for that matter) but on Feb. 1 and 2, at the Pembroke Armoury, you don't even have to look to find a laugh.
The Snospree organizers have arranged Chucklefest #1 and #2 to help chase away the winter blahs. On Friday night, comedic performers Boys in the Bog - along with six go-go dancers! will teach the audience all of the necessary actions to use during a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cult comedy-horror classic has entertained audiences for the past two decades, and is a perfect way to take the chill off a winter's eve. Sens tickets are up for grabs for best costume.
On Saturday night the laughs continue at 7:30 pm with the Official Town Crier contest. Contestants (must pre-register at the PMC) will first receive coaching from Daniel Richer, an internationally renowned crier. On stage next are four of Canada's best known comedians, Craig Lauzon from Royal Canadian Air Farce, Harry Doupe, Rick Currie and Rick Wharton from the Comedy Witness Protection Program and Yuk Yuks will perform improve and stand up that is guaranteed to leave you laughing!
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