Comedy Inc. Pays Dividends with Laughter in New Home-Grown Sketch Comedy Series, Premiering Sept. 27 on CTV

-- Roman Danylo leads cast of seven in all-Canadian comedy --

Toronto, Ontario (September 22, 2003) – C.E.O. (Chief Enjoyment Officer) Roman Danylo heads up a corporation of comedy in the offbeat and edgy new sketch series Comedy Inc., airing Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) beginning Sept. 27 on CTV, immediately following The Osbournes. The seven member cast co-stars Second City alumni Aurora Browne and Jen Goodhue, comedians Terry McGurrin and Winston Spear with Jenn Robertson and Gavin Stephens. The 13-part, half-hour series, the latest addition to CTV’s original comedy series package, also airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network, beginningOct. 5.

Comedy Inc.’s high-energy cast, who are all writers for the show, each bring their individual uniqueness to each episode’s fast-paced sketches. Twisted, inventive and often dark, Comedy Inc. bristles with political/social satire and vigorous physical comedy.

Sketches include the exploits of Osama Bin Laden’s gay brother, Toronto resident Lance Bin Laden; “Supernatural Kids Say the Darndest Things”; “The Unknown Actor’s Studio”;
Al-Jazeera’s favourite game show, Hussein’s Line Is It Anyway; Ghandi and Hutch’s new TV action series; the musical side of actor Colin Farrell; Sting’s teacher, “Tantric Sex Master”; a spoof of American Idol; French Friends and “How To Be Canadian”.

Comedy Inc. features a long list of guest stars including Gemini-nominated comedian Nikki Payne, Perry Perlmutar, Alex Nussbaum, Ian Sirota, Albert Howell, James Roussel, Gilson Lubin and James Cunningham. In addition to the cast, writers for the series include Heidi Foss, Paul Mather, Sandra Faire, Ian Sirota, Matt Watts, Albert Howell, Justin Skinner, Scott McCrickard and Nikki Payne.

Roman Danylo is one of Canada’s most prolific comedy writers and performers. A headlining stand-up comedian, an award-winning improviser and a trained theatre actor, the Calgary native and Vancouver resident has appeared in the feature films Duets with Gwyneth Paltrow and Happy Birthday with John Goodman. In Hollywood, he starred in the UPN series Off Limits, was featured on NBC’s Late Friday and recently completed The Phil Fuller Show, a talk show pilot from David Steinberg. Previous credits for CTV and The Comedy Network­­­­­ include his own one-hour special Comedy Now!, Improv Heaven & Hell, The Holmes ShowandJust For Laughs Improv Championships.

Comedy Inc. is produced by NTM Productions Inc. in association with CTV and The Comedy Network, with the assistance of the Canadian Film and Video Tax Credits and The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credits.

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