Using only the clothes on their backs, tightly rehearsed physicality, and sharp tongued dialogue, The Skinny performs fast paced highly theatrical sketch comedy reminiscent of Monty Python, Mr. Show, and The Kids in the Hall - all performed without pants. The Skinny is comprised of Jackie Blackmore, Michael John Unger, and Darren Williams, the three of whom met in Vancouver as writers and actors for the production of a local comedy variety show called OCTV. They became immediate fans of each others' work and resolved to join forces to inflict their comedy upon the world.
Since 2006 The Skinny have been entertaining audiences with their stream-of-consciousness style that exposes the nostalgic and often absurd truth about the modern world at large. Their acclaimed show "Adventures in X-Ray Theatre" sold out it's run at the 2009 Edmonton Fringe Festival, (5 stars - Edmonton Journal.) The Skinny have also appeared at sketch comedy festivals in Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, and San Francisco
About THE SKINNY
Jackie Blackmore was born and raised in Vancouver and has been a professional actor, comedian, award-winning playwright, and comedy writer for over 20 years. She collects fine sketch comedy groups, some of her favourites include: The Skinny, Strapless, Blackout Broadcast, Grimaldi’s Asylum, Off-Centre Television (OCTV), Tight Corset Theatre, and The Legend of Bonefish. Jackie has headlined sketch comedy festivals in both Chicago and Vancouver as well putting in appearances at CanWest Global Comedyfest and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. She also teaches Sketch Comedy Writing at Vancouver Film School where she directs about 9 shows a year with the VFS Sketch Company. Jackie sells things in commercials and has cornered the market on playing quirky young soccer mom zombie-killing paramedic cops on Film and TV. Stay tuned!
Michael John Unger got his start in comedy as a writer/actor for the late night comedy variety show OCTV that aired on KVOS in 2005-2006. In addition to writing and performing sketch comedy in The Skinny Michael has also been an improviser with the Instant Theatre Company since 2011. As a graduate from the Capilano University Film Program, he has written several short and full length screenplays and has acted in a number of theatre productions and independant films. Michael is currently an astronomy educator which led to his latest endeavor Johnny Tomorrow, a one-man-astronomy-storytelling-show that received high accolades at the Vancouver and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.
Darren Williams is a musician, writer, actor, and visual artist. Darren's comedy sketches have aired on CBC Radio and he has appeared in a number of indie films and TV shows such as "Psych" and "Hiccups." He began his foray into comedy as a performer in the Canadian Improv Games and as a member of York University's Vanier Improv Company. The years 2005 and 2006 saw Williams as a principal writer and performer for the sketch comedy group The 30 Cent Players, based in Victoria, BC. Performances included Vancouver Sketchfest and the Victoria Fringe Festival. By 2006 Darren was writing and performing for the local cable comedy show OCTV, where he met Jackie Blackmore and Michael Unger and so The Skiny was formed shortly after. As a professional musician (saxophone and bassoon) Darren Williams has performed all over Canada in a wide variety of genres from jazz to the avant-garde, classical orchestra to accompanying strippers.