New series draws comedy from Winnipeg house party
Winnipeg writer-actors Sarah Constible and Matt Kippen made their television debut Wednesday night with a new Comedy Network series House Party.
House Party is about that standard teenaged rite of passage — the house party you have when your folks go out of town.
The six-episode comedy series is all about one house party, but tells the story of the party from the perspective of different people.
"We wanted to do a comedy series and we thought what makes us laugh and we thought of being with our friends and thought what a better setting. And then how to turn on it on its head — see stuff through different characters' perspective. And that's how we came up with the concept," Kippen told CBC News.
Kippen and Constible have appeared in front of the camera in another new Winnipeg-set comedy series, Less Than Kind and were the actor-playwrights who created Murder Ballads earlier this year.
But this is their first foray into writing TV comedy.
"It's our first time doing something like this so we have nothing to compare it to. We've been told we've kind of hit a homerun on our first time at bat," Kippen said.
Free with profanity and aimed at a young male audience, House Party airs at midnight on Comedy Network.
The first episode is from the point of view of Adam, who plans to invite over his high school crush Megan for the evening while his folks go out of town. His plans go awry when his friend Eric invites the rest of Winnipeg, while Megan fails to show.
The second episode is the story from the point of view of Eric, who spends the evening in pursuit of inebriation after pissing off his best friend.
Winnipeg plays itself in the series, right down to the icy sidewalks and Moosehead Beer spilled all over the floor.
"We didn't set out to push Winnipeg. I think our common sensibility is Winnipeg and maybe it comes through," Kippen said.
House Party stars Michal Grajewski, Dylan Taylor, Sarah Podemski and other local talent, including Kippen and Constible, who make a cameo as black-clad party guests who criticize everyone.
With files from CBC Winnipeg's Chris Read