The Irrelevant Show is back for its seventh season on CBC Radio One's national airwaves.
Every week, the hilarious cast of The Irrelevant Show brings you a buffet of comedy sketches and songs, recorded before a live audience. The show ranges all over the comedy map, from the everyday to the surreal.
You'll hear scenes about family life, dating, relationships and the workplace. The show also offers an irreverent take on pop culture - from the news, to ads, to game shows, to superheroes.
"We offer something for every comedy taste," says producer/director Peter Brown, "there are so many styles and points of view, that the show completely changes subject and tone from one sketch to the next.
At tapings, when I ask audience members which sketch was their favourite, I often get ten different answers. It’s great to see the sketches resonating with so many different people."
The Irrelevant Show has moved to a new broadcast timelsot, 1:00 Saturday afternoons, and 6:30 Sunday evenings. Once again, live tapings have become hot tickets in the Edmonton area.
"The live recordings are a fantastic experience", Brown says. "The actors are performing the sketches for a live audience for the first time; the crowd gets to see sound effects and music created right in front of them:
suddenly the whole show comes to life right before your eyes. And the audience loves it when things go wrong -- our cast is made up of very funny improvisers -- often the between-sketch banter is a highlight of the night".
In March, the show is heading to BC for the second time – they’ll do live shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Duncan.
Led by Brown and head writer Neil Grahn, the creative team includes writers from Edmonton's rich comedy community, and also reaches across the country for contributions from some of Canada's funniest non-Edmontonians:
Pat Thornton, Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson (Peter N Chris), Sam Mullins, Carly Heffernan, Ian Boothby, Diana Frances, Nile Seguin, Peter Stevens, Aaron Eves, James Hartnett and Michael Balazo.
This season our regular cast: Neil Grahn, Mark Meer, Jana O’Connor and Donovan Workun, are joined by brilliant guest performers Cathy Derkach, Jeff Haslam, Amy Shostak, Leona Brausen and Chantal Perron.
The show welcomes back familiar musical guests and new voices as well: our music maestro Jan Randall accompanies talented singer/actors Jocelyn Ahlf, Kieran Martin Murphy, Ryan Parker, John Ulyatt, and Wes Borg.
And after their triumphant debut last season, Edmonton comedy/music duo Success 5000 will make a return appearance in April.
The Irrelevant Show has won Canadian Comedy awards (most for our sketch Bee Circus) and a medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at the prestigious New York festivals.
And check out our heart-pounding video, Firelog 2: A New Flame at cbc.ca/firelog.
About The Cast
Ever wonder who's who on the Irrelevant Show?
Meet the people behind the voices
Hello, I'm NEIL GRAHN and my background in comedy is spottedly impeccable. I began my comedy career with a goofy little skitch troupe called Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie and we got our own (short-lived) TV series and everything. I did 'Comics!' for CBC and I'm also debating this season on 'The Debaters'. In my spare time I enjoy writing and directing comedy/reality TV series like 'Show Me Some Funny', 'The Family Restaurant', 'Canadian Pickers' and other shows you may not have heard of. I've always loved improvising and comedy so doing The Irrelevant Show is big time fun for me! Twitter handle: @neilsmuses
A writer and performer on all previous incarnations of the Irrelevant Show. Mark is a core company member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning improv troupe Die-Nasty, a founder of the comedy troupe Gordon's Big Bald Head, a writer and cast member on the APTN sketch comedy show CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, and a co-creator, writer, and star of Super Channel's Tiny Plastic Men. He's toured across North America and Europe with Rapid Fire Theatre and Atomic Improv, and is a three-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improvisor in the nation. Mark' s numerous voices can be heard in many video games from industry leader Bioware Corp, including the Dragon Age series, Jade Empire, and the Mass Effect trilogy, in which he stars as the player character, Commander Shepard. Mark is always delighted by the opportunity to write about himself in the third person. Twitter handle: @mark_meer
JANA O'CONNOR'S voice was born and raised in Edmonton. It has worked in the capacity of actor, improvisor and theatre instructor and has recently found a new incarnation as an award-winning playwright. Jana's voice was delighted to appear in both of the early incarnations of The Irrelevant Show for CBC Radio. Jana's voice's hobbies include talking, singing, and going "ahem". Twitter handle: @irrelevantjana
DONOVAN WORKUN is an award-winning actor and improviser in several media. He is a founding member of the wildly successful Atomic Improv Co. As part of that group, he created North America's first two-man improv show, which played sold-out shows across North America, and won both the "Just For Laughs" Improv Festival, and the World Improv Championships in Los Angeles, competing against the likes of Brad Sherwood and Wayne Brady from ABC TV's "Whose Line Is It Anyway." If you've turned on your TV in the last 15 years you've probably seen Donovan selling products from Alberta livestock and pizza to furniture and banking. His voice work has been featured in two animated series. He has starred in feature films alongside Tim Curry, Tom Green and Patrick Swayze. Donovan is tired of name-dropping. Oh ya, Mike Myers. Donovan is done.
JAN RANDALL received a Bachelor of Music in 1975, majoring in theory and composition, from the University of Alberta, before embarking on a full time career as an entertainer, music director, and composer. In his early years, Randall was musical director and composer for The Second City, during which time he appeared on SCTV, collaborating with Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara and Ryan Stiles. He later performed with Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, Rapid Fire Theatre and Theatresports. As well he was also the founding music director for Edmonton's legendary, live improvised soap opera, Die-Nasty. As a wellrespected pianist, Jan has performed live with Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Amos Garrett, Gaye Delorme, Dave Babcock, Sha Na Na, Spencer Davis, Sam Lay (drummer for Paul Butterfield andHowlin' Wolf) and Gary U.S. Bonds. From 1995-2007 he was music director for the Banff World Television Festival where he worked with John Cleese, Bob Newhart, Dame Edna Everage, Martin Short, Steve Allen and Kelsey Grammer.
LEONA BRAUSEN is an actor, writer, costume designer and improviser well-known to Edmonton audiences. She's an artistic associate with Edmonton's celebrated theatre company, Teatro La Quindicina. As part of that group, she' s toured Canada and acted in the Off-Broadway production of Stewart Lemoine's play PITH. She's also a core cast member of the improvised soap opera Die Nasty, where she has on several occasions broken new ground in the use of shocking profanity. She is a mother of three.
is an Edmonton based actor, singer and playwright. She is an artistic associate at Teatro La Quindacina where she has co-authored the musicals "Everybody goes to Mitzi's" and "The Infinite Shiver", as well as co-authored "The Hoof and Mouth advantage" and "A Momentary Lapse" with Stewart Lemoine. Her comedy "The Liars" was produced by Shadow Theatre in 2010. She has been singin' on the Irrelevant showsince 2012. Recently, she was very scared by the movie "The Conjuring", and was fascinated by the existence of razor clams. She is also the mother of two and an elegant layyyyy-deeeeeeeee.
is Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s running improv comedy company, and has been performing with the company since 2002. Her job is very fun, and she takes it very seriously. Improvisation has taken Amy all over the world; she has toured Europe, North and South America, performing and teaching. She has created numerous scripted projects, written for radio and the web, and she appears in SuperChannel’s "Tiny Plastic Men". Amy is a member of Avenue Magazine’s "Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2012", was named one of Alberta’s Rising Stars by Alberta Venture, and was awarded a Horizon Award from the University of Alberta. She loves heavy metal and napping. Twitter handle: @shostakattack
is a Calgary based film/theatre/voice actor. She is an award winning film/television actor. As opposed to an award “nominated” theatre actor. As for voice work, not even a sniff of an award. A core member of Calgary’s Improv group, Dirty Laundry….awardless. You may have seen Chantal playing Cindy, the keen but somewhat incompetent police officer in FXX’s Emmy Award sweeping series, FARGO. And starting January, watch for Chantal as the neighbour you love to hate on Bruce McCulloch’s TV series Young Drunk Punk. If you’re in the Calgary area from February to April, you can see her bring a film noire femme fatale to the stage in Then The Lights Went Out at Stage West Calgary.