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Writers Talking TV: TallBoyz
When TallBoyz burst onto CBC in fall 2019, it put a new twist on Canadian sketch comedy, tackling issues of race, sexism and toxic masculinity with sharp satire that provoked a lot of laughs and more than a little thought. The troupe — Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair and Franco Nguyen — returned on Feb. 6 with a second season to put their spin on popular culture from a height (a collective 25' 2" to be exact).

The quartet will chat with fellow comedy writer and host Anthony Q. Farrell (The Office, Little Mosque on the Prairie) about their creative process, the challenges of following up that breakout first season while writing comedy in quarantine, their transition to writing for TV, and maybe, just maybe, the best spots in Toronto to spot Drake.

Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Guled Abdi & Vance Banzo
Co-creators @TallBoyz
Guled Abdi is a Toronto based comedian, writer and 1/4 of the multi-award winning sketch troupe TallBoyz II Men. He's performed at OFF-JFL, Montreal Sketchfest and the Toronto Fringe Festival. You can catch Guled performing weekly at Bad Dog Theatre as part of Drosselmeyer or at random bars you didn't know had a comedy show. Vance Banzo is a Saulteaux/Cree comedian, actor, and writer born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Vance is a proud member of award-winning sketch comedy troupe, Tallboyz II Men. Vance is a band member of Fishing Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan.
Tim Blair & Franco Nguyen
Co-creators @TallBoyz
Tim Blair was born and raised (in that order) in Toronto, Ontario. At the age of 15, he fell in love with comedy after being forced to do stand-up for a school assignment. Since then he’s graduated from Humber college’s Comedy program. Been apart of the casts of Second City’s House Company, The Bad Dog Featured Players, and The Sketchersons. Performed at festivals such as JFL42, OFF-JFL, and the NBC Breakout Festival. And formed the multi-award winning sketch troupe TallBoyz II Men. Tim regularly does stand-up, sketch, and improv around Toronto. Franco Nguyen is a comedian, writer and actor. He is a proud Bob Curry fellow, a Tim Sims finalist, an alumnus of Toronto’s Second City Touring Company and has showcased in Chicago for the NBC Breakout Fest and StandUP NBC. His one-person show “GOOD MORNING VIET MOM” received critical acclaim and sold-out runs at the Toronto Fringe Festival, the Next Stage Festival and was picked up by Cahoots Theatre for a cross Canada tour.
Anthony Q. Farrell
Anthony Farrell has written for NBC’s THE OFFICE, CBC's LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and Nickelodeon’s THE THUNDERMANS. He has also developed or written TV with CBS Studios, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network amongst others. Anthony is the creator of SECRET LIFE OF BOYS, the BAFTA-winning CBBC series, which recently shot its fifth season. At the moment he is showrunning two primetime comedies, THE PARKER-ANDERSONS & AMELIA PARKER, and is in active development on several others. He lives in Toronto with his amazing family.