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Having just raised $9000 on indiegogo, filmmakers Katherine Schlemmer and Carl Lauden have a new comedy set to be released sometime in 2016; The death (and life) of Carl Naardlinger. This is a movie about coincidence where two men with the same name will make you question your beliefs. Starring Mark Forward, Matt Baram and Grace Lynn Kung, the film packs a lot of TV talent (see bios below). Did I mention Grace Lynn Kung plays all the female voices in Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4?
From the interview, it’s clear that these 3 share a really unique dynamic. Mark Forward, as perhaps coincidentally implied by his name, can sometimes be a bit blunt, but just before he crosses any (all of the) lines, Matt Baram generously reels him in, and then they both often go on interesting tangents. However, just when those tangents are about to get too ridiculous, Grace Lynn Kung steps in, classy and funny, and then the cycle continues.. but why read about it?
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Mark Forward just to appeared in the Movie No Stranger Than Love with Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin and Colin Hanks, which had it's world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. He's also been featured on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Funny As Hell (HBO) and Just For Laughs: All Access (The Comedy Network). For two seasons Forward was a writer and performer on The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network/IFC) and Mark can currently be seen on JOKE OR CHOKE on CTV.
Grace Lynn Kung
A Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Leading Comedic Actress, Grace Lynn Kung has studied in England and Canada. She is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (Chancellor's Trophy recipient), York University (two time awardee – Award for Acting) and holds two Certificates of Distinction for Speech and Drama from Trinity College London in the United Kingdom.
For screen: The Strain, Slings and Arrows, Being Erica, Bank$tas, Away From Her, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Remedy, InSecurity, The Lottery, Hard Rock Medical, Birdland, Hypercube, Blue State, The Listener, House Party, Degrassi TNG, Odd Squad, Plague City, Billable Hours, Gspot, P2, One Week, Lost and Delirious.
For theatre: National tour of the award winning ‘Kim's Convenience’ currently being adapted as a feature film and television series. She has performed at the National Arts Centre, with the Canadian Stage Company (Yukonstyle), Soulpepper (La Ronde, Kim's Convenience), Judith Thompson (Blue Rivers), Canadian Rep/Factory Theatre (Problem Child), fu-Gen (Paper Series) and Nightwood Theatre for the world premiere of 'a nanking winter'.
For voice: Grace has lent her voice to McCann Erickson in the UK, ‘Mother Up!’ in the US, ‘The Doozers,’ radio plays, Pirate Radio, international documentary ‘China Rises’ and Ubisoft's Far Cry 4
Matt is an actor, writer, and director living in Toronto. He’s an alumnus of the legendary Second City Comedy Theatre where he wrote and performed in six hit revues, collecting three Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Sketch Troupe and three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Best Musical. Matt is a series regular on Make It Pop on Nickelodeon TV and was a regular on SEED (CityTV and CW), Punched Up, (The Comedy Network) and CBC’s The Next Comedy Legend. Other TV credits include appearances on The Girlfriend Experience (Starz), Haven (SyFy), The Stanley Dynamic (Disney), Reign (CW), Saving Hope (CTV and NBC), The Listener (Global), Covert Affairs (USA), Living in Your Car (Showcase), Murdoch Mysteries (Bravo), The Border (CBC), ‘Da Kink In My Hair (Global), The Jon Dore Show (Comedy Network), Veritas (ABC), Train 48 (Global), The Jane Show (Global), Ace Lightning (BBC), Wingin’ It (The Family Channel), Queer As Folk (Showtime), The Newsroom (CBC), Really Me (Family), Howie Do It (NBC), Little Mosque On The Prairie (CBC), Degrassi The Next Generation (Nickelodeon) The Ron James Show and Canada’s Smartest Person (CBC). He had recurring roles on She’s the Mayor (Vision), Unnatural History (Cartoon Network), and Connor Undercover (Family).
Recently, he directed The Casting Room Web Series, winner of The Canadian Comedy Award for Best Web Series in 2012. Matt also won a Canadian Comedy Award in the category of Best Male Improvisor in 2012. He is a founding member and Co-Artistic Producer of The National Theatre of the World, a multi-disciplinary, Toronto-based theatre company that creates exciting, instantaneous theatre through the art of improvisation. The company has performed at the Los Angeles Improv Festival, The McManus Theatre in London, Ontario, The Edmonton International Improv Festival, The International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, The Berlin Improv Festival, Det Andret Teater in Oslo Norway, The SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto, The Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, the Supernova Festival in Halifax, The Yukon Arts Centre, New Yorkʼs Barrow Street Theatre, Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, and WJT in Winnipeg. The company has won three Canadian Comedy Awards in total, including Best Improv Troupe in three consecutive years. His critically acclaimed troupe tours to festivals all over the world and continues to entertain audiences at home and abroad.
Matt is currently the voice of Lord Cuddles on the animated series Freaktown (Teletoon) and Hampton on Winston Steinberger and Sir Dudley Ding-Dong. His web-series “Doing It with Brian and Darla” has been picked up by Punchline, a website presented by CBC. He just hosted the Dora awards for the second straight year which celebrate achievement in Toronto Theatre, Opera and Dance.
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