Canada’s top comedy talent talks about topics such as sex and religion with no limits on a new television series airing late this week.
Humber College graduate Norm Sousa is the host and moderator for the half-hour comedic show Too Much Information.
“It’s a no-holds-barred comedy panel show that will leave you asking ‘what?’,” said Sousa, the founder of the sketch comedy duo punchDRYSDALE, alumni of the Canadian award-winning sketch comedy troupe The Sketchersons and co-host of Never Ever Do This At Home.
The Super Channel series, produced by Lone Eagle Entertainment, features two three-person panels who battle against each other on different themes such as fitness, ghosts, family and social media.
Sousa will moderate the conversation between the teams, asking questions and deciding which team won each round.
The panelists will compete with one another by telling personal stories and sharing their stylistic jokes on the given topic. More than twenty-five comedians will swap in and out from episode to episode.
“There’s a big mix of panelists,” Sousa said. “We have Sitara Hewitt, who’s an actress from Little Mosque on the Prairie. And we have Bryn McAuley who was the voice of Calliou. We have Justin Landry who’s an actor. Lauren Ash and Marty Adams are improvisers. Then we have myself and Pat Thornton who are sketch people.”
The comedians have free range to speak about the topics however they think will keep the audience amused and captivated.
“Boomer, Lauren Ash, Justin Landry. Some of their stories you just can’t believe were coming out of their mouths, and also like what would compel someone to say these horrific stories on television? But that’s the fun of the show and I think that’s why a lot of people will tune in,” Sousa said.
Series producer Greg Lawrence, along with Pat Thornton, Kathleen Phillips and Norm Sousa, compiled many of the scripts and helped re-write last minute while on set.
The cast of Too Much Information filmed 36 episodes in 10 days on the former set of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show.
“It was a rush. It felt like a sprint from the start to finish. Norm was a freaking storm trooper. I don’t even know how he did it. He was just in ninja mode, which all of us were, and we just did it and I think that’s where some of the magic comes from,” Humber grad Nicole Arbour, one of the panellists, said.
Too Much Information is the first comedy panel show in Canada and is based on the popular British shows, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
“I think, because this is the first one in Canada, they’re shooting it with a wider net. A lot of the British shows, because there’s so many of them, tend to be a little more specific in their topics like 8 Out of 10 Cats, it’s all statistics, (while) Too Much Information has a broader range of topics,” Thornton said.