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MATT BARAM
HERNIE BARNES
PAUL BATES
AURORA BROWNE
JAN CARUANA
PAUL CONSTABLE
JENNIFER GOODHUE
KERRY GRIFFIN
BRUCE HUNTER
LISA MERCHANT
GINETTE MOHR
SCOTT MONTGOMERY
DOUG MORENCY
JACK MOSSHAMMER
PETER OLDRING
JAMILLAH ROSS
JERRY SCHAFER
DAVID SHORE
NAOMI SNIECKUS
MARCEL STPIERRE
CAROYLN TAYLOR
JANET VAN DE GRAFF
JENNIFER WHALEN

Music By:
BOB DERKACH
SEAN FISHER
JAMIE LAMB
MATT REID

 

 

Matt Baram

Matt Baram has just left Toronto’s acclaimed Second City comedy troupe, where he wrote and performed in six hit comedy reviews. A classically trained actor, Matt has performed extensively in theatres across Canada. His film and television credits include: The Robber Bride, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Newsroom, Train 48, Veritas, Soul Food, Ace Lightning, and Queer As Folk. Matt is a regular on Punched Up for the Comedy Network.

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Herbie Barnes

Herbie Barnes blames television for his short attention span. It is that short attention span has him working in so many fields of entertainment. As an actor Herbie has worked on many stages across Canada, in such plays as: Toronto At Dreamers Rock, The Gap, and The Hobbit as well as acting in such films as: Hidden in America, Dance Me Outside, and the series, Due South and The Rez. Herbie is also a director working behind the scenes on such plays as: The Remember, Toronto At Dreamers Rock, and The Boy in the Tree house, as well as directing the film RepREZentin' in Fort Chip. Herbie also works as a writer for A.P.T.N.’s Buffalo Tracks, the comedy of Painting the Town Red and Arts AlterNative. Herbie also teaches in universities, theatre groups and communities, and is an ongoing teacher with Second City and Theatresports. Herbie spends his free time writing songs and doing improvisation.

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Paul Bates

Born and raised in Toronto, Paul Bates studied theatre at York University and joined the Second City in 1998. There he wrote and performed in five mainstage revues including the critically acclaimed Sordido Deluxo, Family Circus Maximus, and Psychedelicatessen.

Paul's recent television credits include appearances on The 5th Quadrant, Red Green, and Fast Food High. His recent film credits include a spectacular death scene in Jackie Chan's The Tuxedo, and Mooseport.

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Aurora Browne

Aurora Browne started her career in comedy when, on a whim, she signed up with a friend for an improv course. She was swiftly recruited by sketch troupe Urban Myth and began performing regularly in Toronto's thriving comedy scene. Her solo work began attracting attention and in 2000 she was hired by The Second City.

During her three years with The Second City, Browne continued to be in demand outside of the troupe. She additionally wrote and performed in shows like The Chick and Cubby Comedy Hour, The March of Dames, The Eclectic Circus, The Jack Miller Show, and many more.

Loved by audiences and critics alike, Browne has also been nominated for numerous awards. In 2000, she was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. As part of the Second City troupe she won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Sketch Troupe as well as Best Sketch Show, and individually she has been nominated for Best Female Improviser.

Aurora is now one of the co-stars of CTV's hit sketch show, Comedy Inc. Aurora has also guest starred on Corner Gas, Robson Arms, The Eleventh Hour, Comedy Now! (Women of the Night), The Gavin Crawford Show and Cream of Comedy. She also hosts Comedy Now! Women of the Night Part II


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Jan Caruana

A graduate of the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies program, Jan has been performing, writing, directing and teaching for over five years. But improvising is what she loves best. In 2003, Jan received a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination for her work with the musical improv troupe The Lambchops. Jan is one half of the character improv duo Joey Poon (who were once called "a wonderful diversion from our inevitable impending death") and performs regularly with her friend Rica in Me LikeyY (fast and furious 2-girl improv). You can see Jan performing at a number of venues in Toronto including  the Toronto Neutrino Project at the Drake or co-hosting Theatresports with Kerry Griffin every week. Jan is also one quarter of Fox Force Five...the girls who bring you the critically acclaimed Sass and the City.  

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Paul Constable

Paul Constable is pleased to be a part of Monkey Toast. For the first half of this decade, Paul was a member of Toronto's world-famous Second City, having logged in more than one thousand performances. Other theatre includes They're Playing Our Song (Welcome Wood Productions), Fire (Magnus Theatre) and The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (St. Lawrence Stage Company). Film & TV: Doc, The Gavin Crawford Show, Rock My World and the short film Full of Grace.

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Jennifer Goodhue

With her beginnings as young improviser in the Canadian Improv Games, Jennifer Goodhue performed in various theatres prior to attending the Theatre program at University of Ottawa. Upon her arrival in Toronto, she naturally moved towards comedy where she co-created and performed with sketch comedy troupes, The Willies and One Inch Punch. Her character work on the improvised soap opera Sin City caught the eye of The Second City. As part of a stellar ensemble, she wrote and performed in five mainstage revues, two of which won Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Sketch Troupe and Best Sketch Show.

Aside from co-starring in her third season of CTV’s Comedy Inc., she was also one of the few females cast for The Conan O’Brian Show when taped in Toronto in 2004. Jen has appeared on Adventures in Comedy, History Bites and The Associates, and worked on various cartoons, including her role as Maki in Airmaster. In February 2004, she had an opportunity to perform with an ensemble cast of the play The Vagina Monologues. She can be seen at various live venues around Toronto and has enjoyed performing at many Improv and sketch shows including Eclectic Circus, Catch 23, Sketch.com, Sunday Night Live at the Poor Alex, The UH – O.C. and Grrlz Night at Bad Dog Theatre.


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Kerry Griffin

An instructor at Toronto's The Second City, Artistic Director of The Bad Dog Theatre, and recently nominated for Best Male Improviser at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Kerry is recognizable to most Canadians from roles as "Dad", "Husband", or "Co-worker" in numerous commercials, or as the cuckolded husband in Train 48. He has appeared in the award-winning comedy short, How to Be More Chinese, played "That Guy Who Looks Like Kevin Nealon" in the improv revues Bosses and Other Reptiles and Y2Krazed, and brought the role of "Hamsterman" to Canada in the Toronto production of Co-Ed Prison Sluts. Lately, he can be seen as unctious host James Tetley in the semi-regular Inside The Out Of Work Actors' Studio, and has been a contributing writer to CBC's Street Cents. Kerry lives with his cat.

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Bruce Hunter

Bruce Hunter hails from Calgary originally where he studied improvisation and theatre at the University of Calgary under the guidance of Theatre Sports guru Keith Johnstone. As well as playing theatre sports at it's inception during the early years of the Loose Moose Theatre he worked in the Dramatic theatre with One Yellow Rabbit and Ikarus Players, performing in the first years of the Edmonton fringe. Moving to Toronto in 1980 to study Mime with Ron East at the Toronto Mime School unlimited he then toured around Canada and the United States Performing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, North Carolina and Florida. Returning to Toronto he became involved in Second City in the touring and London companies and started teaching Improvisation to what has now been thousands of students over his 20 years at Second City. Two years of teaching at Humber College in the music and theatre department, as well as the University of Toronto and Ryerson as a guest lecturer. Bruce also teaches in the industrial world, focusing on listening skills, communication and stress management in the work place. Bruce remains a professional (working) actor and has performed in dozens of television shows and film projects: Hanson The Day Reagan was Shot, Good Will Hunting, Murder at 1600, Monk and Mean Girls to name a few. He has won awards for his commercial work in Canada and the U.S. Was seen on computers around the globe in Truth in Advertising a parody of the advertising business. He recently won the Pretty funny male improviser at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Bruce played the lead in the 2003 Cannes award winning film The Truth About Head. Bruce is also one of the founding members of the veteran comedy improv group Illustrated Men who have performed all over the world. He can be seen as Agent Jones in the Canadian independent film Phil the Alien due out in 2005. Bruce can also be seen as a writer and performer in After Hours with Kenny Robinson and as Rocko in Puppets Who Kill. And Host/producer of AndGo, an improv television show.

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Lisa Merchant

Lisa Merchant appears on Global’s Train 48, she can also be seen on W (Women’s Network) in the sketch series Listen Missy. Live she can be seen in David Shore’s Monkey Toast and at the Bad Dog Theatre. Lisa presented and produced the March of Dames™ comedy festival for 10 years. She was nominated in 2004 for a Gemini Award along with fellow cast members for The Joe Blow. She is a 7-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards 2000-2004 and has won two Canadian Comedy Awards. Lisa sits on the Directing Committee of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund.

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Ginette Mohr

A writer, performer and co-founder of The Quickening, Ginette’s theatre credits include: Electra, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Enchanted Forest, The Seagull, The Idiots Karamazov, The Fool’s Whistle, The Hickadillys and Bird’s Eye View (Dora nomination).

For comedy: The Second City National Touring Company, The Bad Dog Theatre Company, California's Dell 'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Vancouver Theatresports, Rapidfire Theatre, CNG Productions, Caroline's, Stand-Up New York, Shortweird Radio, Frightwig, The Phil Hartman Comedy Awards (nomination), The Verge, Sin City, Inside the Out-of-Work Actor’s Studio, Monkey Toast (Canadian Comedy Award winner) and the Toronto, Chicago and Orlando Improv Festivals.

Dance: The Edmonton Festival Ballet and Four Big Dances.

Selected Film and TV: System Crash, Don’t Lick the Pig, Ladies Night Out and The Break-Up Files. Ginette scripted and performed The Upper Canada Cougar Movement and co-wrote and toured PRND21 (Centaur Theatre Award 2nd Runner-Up Best English Play). She is currently developing a new piece for The Quickening entitled Grey Fish.

Ginette holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Simon Fraser University and an M.F.A. in Acting from York University. She teaches at York University, The Bad Dog Theatre and The Living Arts Centre.

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Scott Montgomery
Originally from Winnipeg, Scott has been living and working in Toronto for the last three years. Before coming to Hogtown Scott co-founded and performed with Winnipeg sketch comedy juggernaut the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company and The Probable Cast, producers of the ongoing Big Stupid Improv Show. Locally you may have seen Scott perform as a member of the Second City (either mainstage, or tour co. or both... or neither), in Catch 23 or at Monkey Toasts past.

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Doug Morency

Doug is an alumnus of the Second City where most recently he directed Good's Good, Evil's Bad for the Mainstage. Before that he co-wrote and performed in seven productions including Sordido Deluxo, Y2K: The Chip Hits the Fan, and Family Circus Maximus, and he directed the Second City National Touring Company for two years in the productions, Canadian Idle and The Icecream Man Cometh.

His television credits include The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Network, The Toronto Show on Toronto 1, CBC's Sketch.com, Supertown Challenge for Smith and Smith Prods, and The 11th Hour on CTV.

Doug's selected Stage credits include: Mirvish Productions' The Drowsy Chaperone at the Wintergarden, Tale of the Scorpion with Adrian Truss and The Black Dog Group, No Balls For Bouncy at the Tim Sims Playhouse and, The Language of Love at the Rhubarb Festival.

He is one half of the religious revival duo The Kupps and is also a member of The Williamson Playboys, a musical comedy duo, who have performed across Canada including an appearance at the 2004 Just For Laughs Festival.

He has performed all over the world from Singapore to Chicago, Hong Kong to Winnipeg, and Beijing to Hamilton and has won numerous Canadian Comedy Awards including awards for sketch writing and performing, ensemble improvising, and individual improvising.

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Jack Mosshammer

Born in the United States and later emigrating to Canada, Jack Mosshammer has been performing/directing and teaching improv shows for the past 15 years. He is a member of the Second City alumni, having written, performed, and taught at both their Toronto and Los Angeles theatres.

He was a regular on Improv Heaven and Hell and improvised soap opera Train 48 and in the improvised movie Man Of The Year. Improv improv improv. He really likes improv...     improv.

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Peter Oldring

Peter started improvising 17 years ago in Calgary with the Loose Moose Theatre. He has performed with Vancouver Theatresports, AllCanadian Theatresports, the Second City National Touring Co and was invited down to perform for the opening of the Second City in Los Angeles.

He has been seen on Improv Heaven and Hell and has twice performed at the Just for Laughs World Improv Championships. Peter is the on air voice for Much More Music, and was a member of CBC Radio's The Muckraker. He also stars in several cartoon series including Fox TV's Braceface with Alicia Silverstone and the animated feature film Miss Spiders Sunny Patch Kids with Brooke Shields and Rick Morranis.

Some of Peter's film and television credits include: K-19 The Widowmaker with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, Focus with William H Macy, Hollywood North with Jennifer Tilly, Hollywood Wives: The Next Generation with Farrah Fawcett, The Man with Eugene Levy and Samuel L Jackson, Lost and Delirious with Misha Barton, Back to Zero, Dragons of New York,History Bites, and Corner Gas. Most recently he stared with Pat Kelly and Dan Akroyd in the feature film Intern Academy.

Currently Peter can be seen regularly on the WB network and on Comedy Central in the sketch comedy series Blue Collar TV.

He has twice been nominated for the Canadian Comedy Award for male improviser of the year, and once for a Gemini. Peter is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

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Jamillah Ross

Jamillah Ross has been a member of the comedy community for some time now.  She has appeared on such shows as After Hours with Kenny Robinson and The Toronto Show.  Her favorite credit to date was starring in her own episode of Liocracy, with Canadian comedy legend, Leslie Nielsen. Jamillah has also performed with famed comedy troupe The Second City.   Jamillah co-wrote and performed three shows at the Toronto venue, including Invasion Free Since 1812, her personal favorite.  Most recently Jamillah was seen on the Comedy Network’s Popcultured.

As well as making the funny, Jamillah loves to sing. Don’t believe her?  Then check out her CD, The Very Best of Love and Death, written and produced with the love of her life, Sean Fisher. Look for Jamillah as the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in the Broadway smash, Suessical The Musical at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre For Young People, in winter 2006.

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Jerry Schaefer

Jerry Schaefer is a veteran of The Second City where he continues to work as an instructor.

As a member of the comedy troupe The Chumps he helped create and perform several long-running pop culture parodies and a series of improvised one-act plays. They also improvised a series for CBC Radio.

In film he has worked with Carl Reiner and Bette Midler in That Old Feeling and with Bruce McColloch and Natasha Henstridge in Dog Park.

His television credits include The Kids In The Hall, Comics, and SketchCom. He is also a regular character on The Red Green Show where he plays Ed Frid, an animal control expert who is deathly afraid of all animals.

Jerry was head writer for the CBC Radio comedy series The Muckraker. He also wrote and produced satirical, current event comedy for What a Week.

Most recently he improvised a show with noted Beat poet Ken Nordine at the Chicago Improv Festival.

From time to time he is paid to appear in television commercials, which makes his parents very happy.

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David Shore

Two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, David Shore, is an alumnus of The Second City Mainstage, The Improv Olympic West, and of Paramount Television’s Comedy Writer’s Apprenticeship Program. He has written for VH-1’s Random Play, and was a film critic for (the now defunct) FilmsOn.com. While at The Second City, David wrote and performed in the award winning revue, Psychedelicatessen. Performance credits include Showtime’s Street Time, and Toronto 1’s The Toronto Show. David is an instructor at both The Second City Training Centre and the Bad Dog Theatre Company.

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Naomi Snieckus

Naomi is pleased as a fruity, spiked, summer punch to be a part of the Monkey Toast cast. She is currently in the cast of the Mainstage Cast at Second City having done such shows as Invasion Free Since 1812, Armaget-it-on!, Good's Good, Evil's Bad and with the touring company in The Ice Cream Man Cometh. A graduate from Ryerson Theatre School, she has performed in theatres across Canada including; CanStage, Buddies in Bad Times, YPT, and in Vancouver at WCT, Stanley Theatre, Theatre SKAM and Vancouver Theatre Sports and is a founding member of the internet film company Rubber Chicken Farmers. You may also have seen her on TV in The Dead Zone with Anthony Michale Hall, The Immortal, ReGenesis, Train 48 or the feature film Lie With Me. Stay tuned to see her and fellow Second City cast member Matt Baram in an upcoming smash hit You and Me Both!

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Marcel St. Pierre

Raised by lobsters in the wilds of Atlantic Canada, Marcel has been a fixture on the Toronto comedy scene since 1991. An alumnus of The Second City, he was a founding member of improv troupe The Stand-Ins, quoted by Eye weekly in 1995 as one of the top 3 improv troupes in Toronto. He's currently a founding member and artistic director at The Bad Dog Theatre Company. (www.baddogtheatre.com)

An actor, writer and producer, he's appeared on Traders, Kids in the Hall, Once a Thief, and Sketchcom. As writer/producer, he'w worked for YTV, CBC, The Comedy Network and Nelvana. He is creator, producer, writer and cast-member of Shortweird Radio (www.shortweird.com) and co-founder of Frightwig Theatre, who's play PRND21 was awarded 3rd place honours in the Centaur Theatre's 2003 Best English Play category. He believes in the power of love.

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Carolyn Talyor

Carolyn is an alumna of Second City, where she co-wrote and performed in 5 original mainstage reviews including the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Family Circus Maximus and Psychedelicatessen.

Television credits include Queer as Folk, Nero Wolfe, The Gavin Crawford Show, The Zak Files and recurring roles on Wildcard and Sue Thomas F.B.Eye.

Writing credits include the animated pilot, Once a Week and CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes.

Carolyn can also be seen in the CFC feature, 19 Months, playing a cat-loving homebody. Or you can catch her in that same role in her apartment on any given night...

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Janet Van De Graaff

Janet Van De Graaff came to Toronto to get her M.F.A. in acting at York University. After a one and a half-year stint in the Second City National Touring Company, she joined the Toronto Second City Main Stage cast. She wrote and performed in five revues there, receiving two Dora Award nominations for her work. Other theatre credits include The Brady Bunch Live (Bathurst Street Theatre), Honest Ed: The Bargain Musical (Poor Alex), The Drowsy Chaperone (Toronto Fringe Festival and Theatre Passe Muraille), All Hams On Deck (Buddies in Bad Times), two seasons of the live improvised soap opera, Sin City (Tim Sims Playhouse), and at the Drake Hotel in Drake ‘55. On television, Janet played Yvonne, the effervescent co-host of WTN’s Go Girl! She received a 2002 Canadian Comedy Award for her work on the hit series History Bites, which ran for five seasons on History Television. Her film credits include The Last Don, The Five Senses, Eloise at the Plaza, The Music Man, and Snow Cake. Television guest appearances include Made in Canada, Twice in a Lifetime, The Gavin Crawford Show, Queer As Folk, Wild Card, The Royal Canadian Air Farce, and Getting Along Famously. A winner of the 2002 and 2004 Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Improvisor, she currently imrovises every other Sunday night at the Drake Hotel in the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Monkey Toast. Look for her in the all-girl sketch show Listen Missy on the W Network and on the new improvised mockumentary series, It’s Me…Gerald, airing this fall on Showcase.

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Jennifer Whalen

Jennifer Whalen is a writer/actor who currently divides her time been Halifax where she writes for the critically acclaimed television show, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and Toronto were she mostly naps on the couch. An alumini of Second City, Jennifer made the transition from stage to screen writing for and sometimes appearing in, THE GAVIN CRAWFORD SHOW. Jennifer developed the series concept for INSTANT STAR, as well as co-creating, writing and producing an animated pilot for the Disney Channel called THE BRONTE'S. She recently co-wrote and starred in TO DIE FOR , a television special for CBC. She is a story consultant and writer on BAD HAIR RAE, an animated series in development for YTV. She is looking forward to appearing in the SummerWorks show ALL HAMS ON DECK as the Statue of Liberty.

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Bob Derkach

Bob is thrilled to be with Monkey Toast. He also continues as Music Director/Keyboards for the concert theater companies Women Fully Clothed with Kathryn Greenwood, Robin Duke, Debra McGrath, Jayne Eastwood, Teresa Pavlinek and Whose Live Anyway--A Night of Improv with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis. Bob was the Musical Director/ Keyboardist/ Composer/ SoundDesigner for The Second City Theater mainstages in Toronto ON, Edmonton AB, and Santa Monica CA from 1981-2006. He has just completed his fifth consecutive season with Comedy Inc (CTV).

Bob's soundscape The Winds of Mars opens Visions of Mars, which is an extra-terrestrial DVD-ROM artifact intended as a time-capsule greeting for future settlers of Mars. It is on-board NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander which was successfully launched on August 4, 2007 and scheduled to land in the northern plains of Mars May 29, 2008.

Visit his website at BobDerkachMusic.com. Turn up your speakers and click on the Planets!

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Sean Fisher
Sean Fisher has worked in the improv and comedy scene for seven years as an improviser and music director. As an actor he has been nominated for the Tims Sims Encouragement Award and two Canadian Comedy Awards for his work in the sketch duo The Goatee Boys. He appeared in the World Wide Short Film Festival campaign which won the Golden Lion at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

As a music director and musician he has worked for The Second City, March of Dames and Jessica Holmes to name a few. His music has also been heard on Much Music, The Comedy Network, Just For Laughs and The Toronto Show. He is currently writing and producing Jamillah Ross's debut CD.

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Jamie Lamb

Jamie is an actor, musician, and comedian. He has been improvising and writing music with top Toronto improvisors and comedians for years. He has worked with everybody... all great times! Jamie is also the only one in the show to have found actual monkey toast. It was expensive... and shipped here illegally from abroad. Check out www.jamielamb.com if you want more of The Lamb.

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Matt Reid

Matthew Reid began composing at the age of ten, and has been at it ever since. Currently, he works as a musical director with Second City , the Humber School of Comedy and the award winning improv troupe Slap Happy. He is also the keyboardist for the Michael Gabriel Band. He has composed a large body of eclectic works for film, television, theatre and the concert hall and also specializes as a live soundtrack provider for comedic and improv productions. Samples of his work can be heard at http://stage.vitaminic.com/main/matthew_reid.
Matthew is also one half of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch duo Reid along with Browning. For more information on them, go to www.reidalongwithbrowning.com.

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