Local comedians behind 'Sons of Butcher' cartoon vying for ninja justice
Comedy trio features the son of comedian Red Green
A trio of Hamiltonians pitching a ninja comedy show say that normally, "It could take months, and even years, to feel the painful sting of rejection."
Now that they've been entered into CBC's Comedy Coup — an online competition that accelerates the show pitch and development into a 10-week process — the group says they now have the chance to feel that sting of rejection "every week."
And they're asking the city to come out and get dressed up like a ninja and kick a grown man in the groin. For comedy.
For Max Smith and brothers Jay and Trevor Ziebarth, a Gemini-award winning group from Sons of Butcher, this is a chance to get back on to television, and in person this time around, instead of in a cartoon.
They describe their show, Randy Justice, as Leslie Nielson's Police Squad meets ninjas, featuring an overzealous ninja who wants to be a cop again — for the pension.
They're in the top-55 five weeks into the 10-week Comedy Coup competition. Each comedy group is given a weekly video challenge, and fans vote on their favourite shows. A minimum of five shows will be developed further, and one will win $500,000 to create a half-hour comedy special.
Based in Hamilton, Randy Justice is a "52-year-old security guard and suspended cop out to battle the Illuminati who have corrupted their city" and it's billed as a "absurd comedy with 90s-era beat-em-up action."
If the set of Randy Justice's explainer video looks familiar, filmed for Week 5's challenge to meet the press, you might wonder if you're in Red Green's Possum Lodge — and you might be right.
Max Smith is the son of Steve Smith, better known as comedian Red Green. The trio says the they jumped into Sons of Butcher, a cartoon comedy made using Adobe Flash, without knowing much. They gave credit to Red Green for some mentoring along the way, adding the show was aired in 150 countries and won a Gemini.
That is, until they got cancelled.
They haven't been on television since, but are hoping this ninja comedy, starring Toronto actor Jeff Wincott, will be their ticket back. Randy Justice is sitting in the middle of the pack in the top-55, a group that will soon be reduced to a top-15. In an attempt to spur more votes, the group will be hosting an event, Ninja Ball-Kick Fest 2014.
And, yes, It's exactly what it sounds like.
"We're trying to think of something cool to do, so we thought why not drink some energy drinks and kick people in the balls," said Trevor Ziebarth in the group's latest video.
The event is Friday at the Lionshead (137 John St. S), at 9 p.m.