Press Room - Avery Ant

Avery, on Theatrical Improvisation:

"I can't understand why we
reward artists - and by artists I mean idiots - for their uncompromising dedication to not preparing before they get on stage."


 

 

 

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Mike Erskine-Kellie - Writer/Creator

Mike has written for TV, radio, print and stage. Some of his credits include; the Emmy Award-winning Zoboomafoo (PBS), the Gemini Nominated, Sketchcom (CBC), the CBC Telefest Award winning, Kirby, Cub Courier and the stop-motion short, Jocco and the Man (Comedy Network). He is a recipient of a Harold Greenberg Award; has written humour commentary for CBC's Canada Now; was a script writer for Pucca (Jetix) and created the kids' magic series Spellz (TVO).

A partner in Babble On Communications Inc., Mike has written and/or provided development services for: Kratt Brothers Company, GAPC, Critical Mass, and 9 Story Entertainment. He co-founded the comedy troupe, Serious Comedy for Oxymorons and toured with it throughout North America and Europe.

Susan McLennan - Producer/Writer

A partner in Babble On Communications Inc., Susan provides creative and/or marketing services to a select roster of clients including The Kratt Brothers (PBS's Emmy Award-winning Zoboomafoo; National Geographic Channel's Be The Creature), Kensington Communications (David Suzuki's The Sacred Balance) and Judy Films (The Nature of Things: The Value of Life - Aids Revisited). Additionally, she has developed, written, produced, and executive produced works for Canadian television, including the documentary, Courage to Dream (Bravo/CBC) and the television special, On Shaky Ground (BCTV).

Susan began her career as an actor on television (The Commish, Highlander, Party of Five) and the stage (Children of a Lesser God, A Little Night Music, and Agnes of God [Agnes]). She was the recipient of ACTRA's first Joseph Golland Award.

Adrian Truss - The Voice of Avery

With many years of experience performing on Second City stages in Edmonton, London and Toronto, Adrian has also appeared in episodes of SCTV and has contributed his directing talents to Second City shows in London. With Bruce Hunter and David Huband he formed the infamous improv troupe Illustrated Men who toured across North America. The troupe also staged a highly acclaimed and successful production of Waiting For Godot at the Canadian Stage Theatre.

A leading voice talent in the animation industry, Adrian has created and performed original roles in the highly popular series Ace Lightning, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Bob and Margaret and the Emmy Award-winning Rolie Polie Olie.

Brian McPhail - Director/Animator

For The Comedy Network Brian's stop-motion animator and directorial credits include Combat Snails (Dynomight Cartoons) and Stiffy the Dead Dog (MTR Entertainment). His short stop-motion animation film, Down a Dark Chimney aired on CBC's Reflections, is available on DVD (Slamdance Festival's Tales of Eccentricity) and toured in short film festivals all across the world, including, The Bermuda International Film Festival, Flickerfest (Sydney, Australia), and Zagreb Animation Festival (Croatia).

His short film, Bury Me Happy screened at several international film festivals, including, The Toronto International Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival, Murphy's 43rd Cork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland), and Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente.

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