Folk storytelling gets an electric-shock of physical improv comedy in Folk Lordz! A critically-acclaimed fusion of Indigenous origin myths, Russian Chekhovian character drama, and a surprise genre chosen anew each night combined to create fast, physical, and folksy improvised theatre by Todd Houseman (MTL) and Ben Gorodetsky (NYC).
Folk Lordz have been featured at Austin's Improvised Play festival, Atlanta's Last Seen Comedy Festival, Philladelphia’s DuoFest, Toronto’s Combustion Festival, the Vancouver International Improv Festival, Winnipeg’s Gas Station Arts Centre, Edmonton’s Thousand Faces Festival of Mythic Art & LitFest.
The Folk Lordz political sketch comedy series has been profiled by VICE, viewed 115K times on YouTube, and mercilessly attacked by an army of alt-right, douche trolls.
“one of the most interesting, compelling and viscerally thrilling pieces of theatre you’ll see this season”
- Mooney on Theatre
"[Folk Lordz] are doing something special with improv: they’re sharing their heritage through comedy"
- Vue Weekly
"THESE TWO 'COMEDIANS' ARE DISGUSTING, DISGRACEFUL, MARXIST, COMMIE SCUM OF THE EARTH EVIL PROPAGANDA BASTARDS"
- CAPTAIN U.S.AMERICA (username on YouTube)
Todd Houseman is an improviser, actor, Indigenous activist, author, and educator based in Montreal. He is currently pursuing actor's training at the National Theatre School of Canada. In his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta Todd was a senior improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre 2009-2017. He is the co-author and co-star of the acclaimed play "Whiteface" (Mile Zero Dance & Nuit Blanche), which Edmonton Journal called "by turns funny, heartfelt, hallucinatory, and simmering with rage". Todd’s TV credits include APTN’s "Delmer and Marta" and “Caution May Contain Nuts”. Recent theatre credits: "Indra's Web" (NTS/Monument-National), "Or the Whale" (Studio Theatre), and "Metis Mutt" (Fringe Theatre Adventures). His comic "Ayannisach" won the 2015 School Library Journal Book of the Year award, as a part of Moonshot: The Indigenous Comic Collection. Todd has worked as a cultural exchange facilitator and mentor for Indigenous and at-risk youth through Boyle Street Education Centre and the Journeys program.
Ben Gorodetsky is a theatre maker, improviser, and movement artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His performance work has been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, The Tank NYC, Brian Webb Dance Company, Expanse Festival of Movement Arts, Rubaboo Festival, SpringWorks, and the Gas Station Arts Centre. He is the former Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre and has performed, taught, and directed improvisation in Atlanta, Detroit, Austin, Philadelphia, NYC, LA, Reunion Island, Vienna, Ljubljana, Montreal, Toronto, Yellowknife, Calgary, and Vancouver. He is co-creator of political satire comedy duo Folk Lordz (VICE), and creator and former host of experimental variety show Dirt Buffet Cabaret. Ben is the winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor's Celebration for the Arts (Edmonton, AB) and a nominee for a Canadian Comedy Award in Improv. In winter 2020 Ben will join the faculty of UBC Okanagan as a visiting guest lecturer in Performance Studies. He holds a BFA from the University of Alberta and an MFA from Brooklyn College-CUNY.
November 8 at 9:00 PM