We got a dose of “the comedic arts” after a chat with funny-couple Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram, who gave us an insight into their beginnings in comedy, their involvement with The National Theatre of the World, their love of Second City and their upcoming show, As Seen on TV. We had a whale of a good time!
The duo bring their love for comedy to the Second City stage for a one-night only show called As Seen on TV. This live improv show brings together Second City Alum’s and crazy-funny Canadians for what Baram describes as a “jam session”. The joke-packed evening will feature performances from the who’s who of Canadian Television, including Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath, Mark Forward, Scott Montgomery, Leslie Seiler, Sandy Jobin-Bevans and many more!
As Seen on TV takes place live at Second City (51 Mercer St.) on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM. Tickets are $18+ tax. To purchase tickets, visit www.secondcity.com.
Simply describable as a power couple of Canadian comedy, Snieckus and Baram bring to the forefront both experience and knowledge about the world of comedy. They met at the stages of Toronto’s Second City and hit it off after five shows together. In 2008, they – along with Ron Pederson – founded the The National Theatre of the World, a Toronto-based, not-for-profit theatre company that creates exciting, provocative, and instantaneous theatre through the art of improv.
Naomi Snieckus is an actress, improviser, voice-over artist, director, teacher and Second City Toronto Alumni. She performed/wrote five shows at Second City and has performed in theatre’s across Canada, including The Arts Club in Vancouver and Canadian Stage in Toronto. Her film credits boast quite a bit too, having been a part productions such as SAW 3D, Degrassi, Train 48 and more. She is also a panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, the producer, writer and star of TheCastingRoom.biz, a web series and can be seen on CBC’s Mr. D.
Matt Baram graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta’s Fine Arts Acting Conservatory, later joining the legendary Second City Comedy Theatre in Toronto, where would write and perform in six hit revues. He, like Naomi, has been involved with many film and TV productions including Murdoch Mysteries, The Border, Connor Undercover and Little Mosque On The Prairie. In 2012, he received a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improviser. He can currently be seen on City’s new comedy sitcom, Seed, as Jonathan – an insecure professional eternally struggling to win his daughter’s affection.