THE ATOMIC FIREBALLS AND THE TOKEN GUY at the Rivoli (332 Queen West), Wednesday (July 30). See listings for details. Rating: NNNNN
What happens when you're a four-person sketch troupe, you've booked a show months in advance and then one of you lands a spot on one of cable TV's hottest shows? Just ask all-female outfit the Atomic Fireballs. Member Sammy Bee just landed a gig as an on-air reporter for Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, based in New York City.
"We've always said that if anything happens for one of us it's great for the troupe as a whole," says Fireball Sarah Carver. "She'll be back in Toronto every once in a while, and we'll go down there to do more shows."
The Fireballs have performed in Manhattan before, but now they're going to be pushing harder. Bee - well known to TV commercial watchers as the woman pursued by the letter carrier with the weekly Cash for Life cheque - and comic husband Jason Jones live around the corner from the Comedy Central studios.
In a way, the move comes at a good time for the troupe.
Rumour has it, a Canadian network is putting together from scratch an all-female sketch troupe project on their own, even though cult faves the Fireballs have been writing and performing solid work for years.
"Maybe the States is more our market," says Carver.
As for the current show, the Fireballs minus Bee are getting to do something they've never done before: perform with men.
"We figure women are used to being the token female in sketch comedy, so we thought we'd turn the tables," points out Carver, who says four men - Dan Redican, David Cook, Mark Forward and Chris Gibbs - will individually be written into Fireballs scenes.