Hot Thespian Action has a little mishap by the side of the road.
We've found that they've been really good for drawing attention and making people talk about our show.
At the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. With poster-covered walls, hordes of performers enthusiastically hawking handbills, and 169 productions to choose from, convincing theatregoers to attend your show can be an uphill battle.
So how do you make sure your particular act sticks in the minds of Fringe-ers? According to one local troupe, you take your clothes off.
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Hot Thespian Action has become one of the Fringe Festival's most popular draws since the comedy troupe's formation in 2006. And while their reputation as one of the country's best sketch groups has helped them sell out their festival performance every year, their annual semi-nude poster definitely doesn't hurt.
"We've found that they've been really good for drawing attention and making people talk about our show," says member Garth Merkeley, "and say 'oh, have you seen that poster?'."
It's become something of a tradition for the Hot Thespians. As Fringe Festival season approaches, the talk about how to one-up the previous year's poster begins.
"It gets more difficult every year because we've done so many now," says Merkeley, "we're always trying to think of something new and unique and visually interesting."
The posters and their creatively hidden nudity have become a familiar sight on the hydro poles and building walls around the city's Fringe sites. But this year's flyer - which shows the group stranded on a prairie road - has a deeper meaning.
The group will be taking next year off from the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and hitting the road to pursue other opportunities.
"Winnipeg Fringe is a hugely important part of our year," says Merkeley, "but committing to doing it means that we're not able to do other things that conflict with it."
Merkeley says the troupe is eyeing up both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs as potential venues, and is excited about taking one of Winnipeg's favourite shows outside of the perimeter.
"We've never been to another fringe festival," says Merkeley, "so it'll be so to go to these cities that have never seen us or heard of us and see what kind of response we get."
"It'll be like the old days, where we had to work really hard on the street to get people to come to our shows."
Hot Thespian Action performs just about every night at Venue 18 during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.