PROJECT G FORCE in HEROES FOR HIRE

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PROJECT G FORCE in Heroes for Hire

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Sketch Comedy

London Music Club – Cellar Lounge
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Writer: Project G Force

Cast: Thomas Bogad, Norah Cuzzocrea, Laura DiTrolio and Matt Loop

PROJECT G FORCE in SAVE THE FUNNY, SAVE THE WORLD

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The super-powered sketch comedy troupe returns to the stage in order to save the world from the non-funny. But this time, they face their biggest challenge ever! This group of unlikely heroes must sketch their way through time and space to save the future of comedy.
Project G Force in “Save the Funny, Save the World”
Sketch Comedy
The Arts Project
February 28 – March 1, 2008
Director: Thomas Bogad and Matt Loop
Writer: Project G Force
Cast: Thomas Bogad, Norah Cuzzocrea, Laura Ditrolio, Christian Gundlack,
Matt Loop and Lorissa Sinasac.

PROJECT G FORCE in DESTROY ALL PLANETS

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When the universe is threatened by a sinister alien trio, a team of unlikely sketch comedy heroes are brought together to right those wrongs…oh yeah and all this happens around a bunch of hilarious sketches.
The warped minds and bodies behind the Impressario winning sketch comedy troupes Channel Surfing (Venue winner London Fringe 2002) and Sector 7 G (Venue winner London Fringe 2004) bring to the world (or at least London) the first ever super powered sketch troupe…Project G Force!
Be there when Project G Force “Destroys All Planets” at the Palace Theatre July 7th and 8th!

Project G Force in “Destroy All Planets”
Sketch Comedy
The Palace Theatre
July 6 to 8, 2006
Director: Thomas Bogad and Matt Loop
Writer: Thomas Bogad and Matt Loop
Cast: Thomas Bogad, Pasqualina Cardu, Norah Cuzzocrea, Laura Ditrolio, Christian Gundlack, and
Matt Loop

The Education of a Music Moron – Episode 13

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It’s The Education of a Music Moron Episode 13! This time out we’re wrappin’ up the 80’s. That’s right we’re summarizing the whole damn decade in one damn show! In this episode The Moron gets all heartfelt and mushy, Norah discusses why she never wants to visit Aruba or Jamaica, and Matt tells the erotic tale of school morning announcements. Plus, we have a special pop-in guest host, Laura DiTrolio. All this and more in our final 80’s discussion! Tune in and rock on!

MATT LOOP

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Matt Loop was born an only child in St. Thomas with a healthy obsession of television, movies, comics and music.   In high school his friend Dale Andrews asked him to star in a project which ended up being a feature length ‘movie’ called Ancient Evenings and the year after that Matt wrote and starred in the sequel and then another sequel AND then his first original concept The Black Hand.

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At the end of high school Matt wrote his first sketches and performed them at the grade 13 school show (no, this isn’t the plot of a John Hughes movie) and from there he was hooked.   It wasn’t until years later that Matt put in a treatment for a sketch comedy show at Rogers Television in London and to his surprise, it was accepted.   Matt quickly recruited college friends Laurence Simner and Grant Doty and they in turn recruited Johnny Bobesich, Mike Van Holst and Laura Lawton and the TV Show Channel Surfing was born!

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After a two year run of the Rogers Show, the next logical step was taking the troupe to stage.  The process of writing inspired much greater concepts and his love of writing short sketches quickly turned to full length plays.   Since then Matt has written full length, short and episodic theatre and has received several Brickenden Outstanding Script Nominations and two of his plays (The UnderAchievers and This Just In) have won Best Comedy.

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He has acted in several productions including The UnderAchievers (CSP), GeekQuest 4.0 (CSP & Simply Theatre), The Tower (The Arts Project) and Chelsea and Boggs episode 6: College Girl Coffin Countdown (Rubberfunk).

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Loop has worked as a writer/Producer at CFPL TV in London and is currently the Promotions Coordinator and a On-Air Personality at JACK FM.    In theatre he is currently the president of the Brickenden Committee which holds an annual awards show honouring the best in local London Theatre and in real life, he is married to Jen Loop and has two boys Nelson and Wesley.  He is best known for boundless energy, his supreme geekiness, his love of wrestling, his love of the Cleveland Indians and finally his endless supply of selfies.

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PRINCESS ANNIKA AND THE GOLDEN RULE

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PRINCESS ANNIKA AND THE GOLDEN RULE

Princess Annika lives in the Kingdom of Friendly, where people are kind, the weather is fine, and the cookies are delicious. Join the Princess on her adventure to discover something very special: The Golden Rule. There are Kings Queens, horses, mud and most important of all – there’s ice cream!

Spriet Theatre
June 9-17, 2012
Written by: Thomas Bogad
Featuring: Johnny Bobesich, Thomas Bogad, Laura DiTrolio, Grant Doty and Nicole St. John.
Directed by: Norah Cuzzocrea
Sound Design: Lisa DesGroseilliers
Stage Manager: Lance Mercer

Awards: Nominated for DISH AWARDS for BEST SOUND COMEDY (Lisa DesGroseilliers), BEST SET DESIGN (Josh Cottrell), BEST COSTUME (Matt Loop), BEST CAMEO (Nicole St. John), BEST STAGE MANAGER: (Lance Mercer) , BEST DIRECTOR (Norah Cuzzocrea) and BEST COMEDY.   DISH WINS for BEST ENSEMBLE and BEST SCRIPT (Thomas Bogad)

 

ST. THOMAS SUPERSHOW FOR ALS

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ST. THOMAS SUPERSHOW FOR ALS

Princess Ave Playhouse
November 20, 2010
Hosted by: Harry Edison
Comedy: Your Ex Girlfriend, Vito D’Amico, Good Game and Project G Force
Music: Meg McTaggart, John Milles & Chris Eveland
All proceeds go directly toward local ALS patient care and mobility.

DOUBLE PLAY 2010: FRIGHT NIGHT

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HOTEL TALES:
CHANNEL SURFING’S DOUBLE PLAY 2010: FRIGHT NIGHT
2 One Act Plays
The ARTS PROJECT
October 27-30
SOULED OUT
Dunstan Saint remains the world’s most celebrated rock star. At 50 years old, Saint continues to dominate the top of the charts, but the audience slowly learns the horrifying secret to his unlikely success.
Director: Christian Gundlack
Writer: Matt Loop
Cast: Nick Ciccone
Music: Tony Fonseca
BRIDEZOMBIE
BrideZombie is a dark comedy about weddings, family, and the awkwardness of having one’s bride transform into a zombie.
Director: Matt Loop
Adapted from a play by Leanne Olson
Cast: Nick Chenosky, Leanne Olson, Sarah Stanton and Sam Shoebottom.
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for OUTSTANDING SCRIPT (Matt Loop, Souled Out) and OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE Nick Ciccone

DOUBLE PLAY 2009: HOTEL TALES

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HOTEL TALES:
CHANNEL SURFING’S DOUBLE PLAY 2009
2 One Act Plays
The ARTS PROJECT
November 18 -21
SEX WITH STRANGERS

Three complete strangers meet in a hotel bar and spend an unexpected evening filled with mixed drinks, exposed secrets, sexual tension and white lies.  This threesome will have you wondering if fantasy could really turn into reality.
Director: Peter Evans
Writer: Johnny Bobesich
Cast: Johnny Bobesich; Robin Rundle Drake and Jeana Lowes
DECIDING TO COLLIDE

Are life and love controlled by fate or decisions?  A hilarious encounter in a hotel room leads two lonely souls on an exploration of each other and this eternal question.
Director: Andrea Bennett
Writer: Lynda Martens
Cast: Bill Hill and Kathleen Morrison
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for OUTSTANDING SCRIPT (Lynda Martens; Deciding to Collide)

SPIRITS OF ELDON

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SPIRITS OF ELDON is the sequel to last year’s successful SPIRITS OF PETERSVILLE, which was presented at the Grosvenor Lodge. This year, another historical site, the famous London landmark ELDON HOUSE, has opened its doors and invited in a mass haunting!

There are some key differences this year, including a fiesta of frights provided by EIGHT local writers and performed by EIGHT local performers. Writers were asked to tie their stories into Eldon House to help honour the historic home’s 175th Anniversary. Patrons of SPIRITS OF ELDON will bear witness to the following original tales of terror:

THE NEW DENIZENS – Written & Performed by Jayson McDonald
LATE FOR DINNER – Written by Matt Loop / Performed by Norah Cuzzocrea
THE BARONS – Written by Jason Rip / Performed by Dunbar Thompson
SNUG AS A BUG – Written by Josh Cottrell / Performed by Laura DiTrolio
TEA TIME – Written by Marion Johnson / Performed by Jessica Quartel
PLAY THINGS – Written by Steve Seguin / Performed by Patsy Morgan
GRAVEYARD SHIFT – Written by Lynda Martens / Performed by Chris McCauley
WE ALL BREATHE – Written by Michael Wilmot / Performed by Kim Kaitell

Safety coffins that don’t work? Something special in the pot? A voodoo priest and his friends? The secret behind an old Native blanket? Tea time with a ghost? Ghosts in the air we breathe? SPIRITS OF ELDON is a delightfully macabre compilation of all kinds of terror!

SPIRITS OF ELDON
8 Ghost Stories of the Macabre
Presented with Theatre Nemesis
ELDON HOUSE Interpretive Centre
October 27 – 30 8pm
Directors: Jason Rip, Matt Loop, Travis Bailie and Jayson McDonald
Writers: Jason Rip, Jayson McDonald, Michael Wilmont, Marion Johnson, Matt Loop, Lynda Martens, Steve Seguin and Josh Cotrell
Cast: Norah Cuzzocrea, Laura DiTrolio, Kim Kaitell, Jessica Quartel, Chris McAuley, Jayson McDonald, Dunbar Thompson and Patsy Morgan.

THE UNDERACHIEVERS

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Millions of dollars…six crooks…one brain. In a heist gone wrong, six amateur crooks rob a Wiarton bank for their last (and only) big score, but end up getting closer to the money than expected. The Underachievers is a dark comedy about life in your 30s…could haves, would haves and should haves. Winner of the 2005 Brickenden for Outstanding Comedy and Sound.

THE UNDERACHIEVERS
Written by Matt Loop
Spriet Theatre
July 23-26 and July 30 to August 1, 2009
Director: John Gerry
Writer: Matt Loop
Cast: Jeff Werkmeister; Josh Cottrell; Jason Rip; Meghan Brown; Johnny Bobesich and Matt Loop

P.M.S.: PROFESSIONAL MILITARY SPECIALISTS

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When the world is threatened in the year 1984, only one all female covert military unit can settle the score.  A tough leader, a nerdish bookworm, a valley girl and a male aerobics instructor make up PMS which stands for Professional Military Specialists.  PMS is a play full of retro fun, cheese and 80’s references.

P.M.S.: PROFESSIONAL MILITARY SPECIALISTS
The Palace Theatre
May 27-30, 2009
Director: Travis Bailie
Writers: Norah Cuzzocrea & Matt Loop
Cast: Sookie Mei, Norah Cuzzocrea, Matt Loop, Aimee O’Beirn, Laura DiTrolio, Harry Edison, Jeana Lowes, Johnny Bobesich, Grant Doty, Darren Schmidt, Nancy Millar, Dave Menard, Sam O’Beirn, Sylvia Blatnicky, Tim Condon, Dan Roberson and Nick Chenosky
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for OUTSTANDING COMEDY and BALLYHOO

DOUBLE PLAY 2008

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Channel Surfing’s Double Play 2008
The Arts Project
November 26 – 29, 2008
PLAY 1:
Geekquest 4.0

A Fearless group of Dungeons and Dragons geeks…er…players, face their most dangerous and life threatening adversary ever…a woman.
Director: Dale Hirlehey
Writer: Matt Loop
Cast: Johnny Bobesich, Thomas Bogad, Andrea Edison, Harry Edison and Matt Loop
PLAY 2:
Trashcan Duet

Stella is a beat poet.  Billy is a deadbeat.  It’s love a first insult…a romantic comedy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Director: Travis Bailie
Writer: Jayson McDonald
Cast: Jayson McDonald, Meghan Brown
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden Nominated for ORIGINAL SCRIPT (Geekquest 4.0); OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (Meghan Brown; Trashcan Duet); OUTSTANDING SOUND (John Pacheco; Geekquest 4.0)

HALLOWEEN HANGOVER

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Halloween Hangover
A fundraiser for Channel Surfing
Polish Hall
November 1, 2008
80’s Dance

HOT WOMEN INC: REVEALED

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In a world of male-dominated sketch comedy, one troupe takes a stand…in heels!  The five sirens who are Hot Women Inc. dare to tackle the questions man has pondered throughout the ages…who are women and what the heck to they want?!  A hilarious, estrogen-filled ride while enjoying a frosty beverage!

Hot Women Inc in “Hot Women Revealed”

Sketch Comedy
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August 1 – August 10, 2008
Director: Matt Loop
Writer: Lynda Martens and Matt Loop
Cast: Alexandra Chappell, Laura Ditrolio, Carly Edmiston, Lynda Martens and Lorissa Sinasac.
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for BEST BALLYHOO

2 SKETCHY

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2 Sketchy
A Fringe fundraiser for Channel Surfing and Fully Insured
London Music Club
May 25, 2008
Channel Surfing, and Fully Insured perform sketch comedy shows.

 

THE PIZZA JOINT

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After serving 12 years, bank robber Simon Malone, the notorious motor-cycle bandit, is finally free from prison.  He’s a reformed man, trying to start his life over again as a law abiding member of society…that is until his past catches up with him.  Under parole, Simon finds himself working at an all-night struggling pizzeria called “The All-American Pizza Shop” when suddenly an old friend comes calling.   It turns out Simon still has some old debts outstanding and they want their money.  With no where to turn, Simon embarks on a shady scheme to try and pay off his debts while trying to stay clean in the process.  Will Simon’s plan work or will it fall apart like a soggy pizza pie?

The Pizza Joint
The Palace Theatre
December 7 -15, 2007
Director: John Pacheco
Writer: Johnny Bobesich
Cast: Simon Goodwin, Brad Dishan, Laura DiTrolio, Peter Evans, Tasha Williamson, Stephanie Smith, Adam Boyce, Dunbar Thompson, Harry Edison, Kelly Webb, Dale Hirlehey, Sylvia Blatnicky, Kevin Hassin, Tony Biviano, Carlo Hermann, Dorian Mills.
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for BEST SCRIPT (Johnny Bobesich), BEST COMEDY, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Peter Evans), BEST BALLYHOO and BEST SOUND (Tony J. Fonseca).
Thanks to the London Arts Council and the City of London

DOUBLE PLAY 2007: TWINS AND ANGELS

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T&A: Channel Surfing’s Double Play 2007

The Arts Project
November 21 – 24, 2007
PLAY 1:
Dates and Margaritas
Director: David Leeson
Writer: Katrina Callahan
Cast: Nicole St. John, Michele Barnes, Sookie Mei and Katrina Callahan.
PLAY 2:
Fear of Angels
Director: Sam Shoebottom
Writer: Lynda Martens
Cast: Brad Dishan, Laura DiTrolio, Phil Kirkgessner and Alison Schultz.
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden nominated for BEST SCRIPT (Lynda Martens) and BEST BALLYHOO!

CHANNEL SURFING: X

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Celebrate Channel Surfing’s 10th anniversary with the cleverly titled ‘X’!   See why Channel Surfing has become Fringe favourites with their unique mashing of pop culture, television, original characters and razor sharp wit!  X-tremely fun!  X-tremely hilarious!  X-tremely cheap!  And this time it’s personal!

Channel Surfing X: 10th Anniversary Cash Grab-a-rama
London Music Club
July 28 – August 5, 2007
Director: John Pacheco
Writer: Channel Surfing
Cast: Johnny Bobesich, Grant Doty, Matt Loop, Lorissa Sinasac and Mike Van Holst,
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden winner BEST BALLYHOO, Brickenden nominated for BEST COMEDY.

Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo
A Fringe fundraiser for Channel Surfing and Fully Insured
Rumrunners
May 5, 2007
Channel Surfing, Paul Merrifield and Fully Insured performed with musical guests Zopiclone, Johnny Terrien and The Bad Lieutenants
Hosted by Mike Van Holst

THIS JUST IN

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Channel Surfing Productions follows up their 2005 Best Comedy, “The UnderAchievers”, with “This Just In”!  It’s a newsroom comedy/drama set in the dying town of Petroleum Falls.  When CBS affiliate WPET is suddenly shut down, they go from reporting the news to becoming it, when the employees unknowingly broadcast a fake story about a disease that ends up getting their town quarantined.  The staff of WPET have many decisions to make as they put their integrity, reputations, personal ethics, morales and of course their future careers on the line.

This Just In…
The Arts Project
November 8 – 11, 2006
Director: John Pacheco
Writer: Matt Loop
Cast: Paul Myers, Brad Dishan, Johnny Bobesich, Laura DiTrolio, Lynda Martens, Jeannette Klaver, Simon Goodwin and Dylan Chrisholm
Awards/Nominations: Brickenden winner BEST COMEDY and BEST SOUND (Tony J. Fonseca). Brickenden nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Jeannette Klaver) and BEST BALLYHOO!
Thanks to the London Arts Council and the City of London