A local comedy team is vying for a half a million dollar prize and a spot on national television.
Comedian Matt Falk says his team is one of 55 that is still in the running and the only Manitoba team left in the Comedy Coup competition. Their show, called "How To Do Everything Gooder" is a Do It Yourself parody.
"Our expert, he calls himself the everything expert," explains Falk, who plays himself in the show. "He claims he's the only everything expert in the world, he also claims that he is the Matt Of All Trades. So basically he's teaching the audience week after week how to do everything, so whether it's how to fight a bear, how to be Amish, how to make a million dollars, how to be a rapper, it doesn't matter, he'll try to tell you, but he's not an expert."
The competition started with more than 280 teams and was then reduced to 110 and now 55 and that's where Falk and his team sit today. On November 10, the top 15 will be announced.
Falk explains throughout the course of the competition, each team is given a weekly challenge, which could be anything from making a video introducing your team to creating posters. Their next challenge is to host a live event and that will happen this Sunday, November 9. Falk says they will be staging the event at Providence College in Otterburne. People can come, meet Matt and see him perform with a wide array of other talent for free. Some of the other acts include singer/ songwriter Sheena Grobb and The Wonderist Chris Funk. Voting stations will be set up at the event for those wishing to help out.
"This is the big one," admits Falk. "If we can get into the top fifteen, now it's just up to Comedy Coup creators that we have to pitch this idea to. And if we win, the prize is of course five hundred thousand dollars to create our own thirty minute television special that will air on prime time network TV in Canada."
The project is a partnership between Falk, Prairie Boy Productions and Marketing expert Joseph Ranseth from Vine Multimedia. Falk has worked as a Comedian since he was seventeen years old and has achieved local and international notoriety, including placing second in the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.
"If we win, it's it our intention to keep this show in Manitoba using as many Manitoba crew and cast members as possible," says Orlando Braun of Prairie Boy Productions.