There are 6 days until the festival. Plenty of time to stress-eat your own weight in Thanksgiving turkey (or Tofurkey, if that's your thang) because you're freaking out that there are only 6 DAYS UNTIL THE FESTIVAL.
To calm you (read: us) down, we've put together a little preview of our hosts, specifically for our first weekend (with info on the second weekend to come!). Just imagine these wonderful and charismatic people soothing your worries in dulcet tones. Or holding you gently, again, if that's your thang.
OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY OCT 15: PRODUCTION TEAM QTS (Emily, Madeleine and Mahalia)
Emily Carvell and Madeleine Hall have been running Fresh Meat/the world for the last few years, and helping local theatre artists come into their own in the process. In an effort to continue this trend of community outreach, and in a recent effort to give back, they recruited local theatre wannabe Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha as part of the team for the inaugural year of their "Street Meat" program, aimed at helping wandering youths of Ottawa find a place in the theatre community. They are letting her sell the tickets.
Jalapeno Cheetos and Jolly Ranchers. Holla.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH: PAUL J. PEIKOSZEWSKI
Paul J. Piekoszewski is an actor, writer, and producer. He is a co-founder Elgin Street Improv, performing regularly at LIVE! on Elgin. He is also the founder of Morning Person Theatre, whose Fan Fiction nights have earned both acclaim and disgust. Their original plays, “Night Rangers” and “Knife 2: The Re-Slashening”, are both appearing December 2015.
Salt and Vinegar chips, baby.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH: GREG HOUSTON
Born in Scarborough, Greg Houston left the Game behind at the tender age of 4. He moved with his parents (because he felt sorry for them) to Muskoka. He was raised a cub scout and a beaver and left Muskoka as soon as possible. Ottawa is where he landed. The Nation's Capital! The Big Beaver Tail! The City Fun Forgot! Well no longer is it the city not fun with Greg Houston in it. And he's doing comedy whenever possible. He'll host and MC events, he'll do stand up anywhere, he'll keep wearing glasses because he needs those to see.
Magazine launch parties, fashion shows, corporate comedy shows, comedy clubs, dive bars, the back of a bus - wherever there is an opportunity he'll perform for you. Just don't feed him pizza after midnight...
Smart and hip - Greg Houston wows audiences with his silly observations about daily life in the Capital. A cleaner comedic approach gives him the ability to perform to any crowd and bring them along for a roller coaster ride of laughs.
Greg doesn't play by society's rules. Snax are for punx.
Besides these five ~dreamboats~, we've got tons more lined up for both weekends, including 3 more fabulous hosts. Stay tuned.