There's lots that's funny about the Net, but a pair of Toronto actors are mining Internet comedy in an unusual fashion. Ron Kennell and Jeffrey R. Smith are part of the creative team making up youwannaknow.com, an interactive comic Web site that bills itself as a complete Webertainment consultation.
The classically trained Kennell and Smith, who went to theatre school together, have been working on a stand-up routine whose tone Kennell calls "Laurel and Hardy."
"But when we weren't getting picked up for live performances, we decided to promote ourselves and play with another medium. For the Web site, we've created a series of video clips in which we play various characters. Our first goal is comedy, but these characters can also be used for Internet sales pitches that are more attention-getting than banner ads."
And will scenes from Shakespeare, Pinter and George F. Walker be far behind?
Golden Gate Parker
Carol Lempert heads south with her one-woman hit That Dorothy Parker, a Fringe success (and later remount) from a few years ago.
She's playing the San Francisco Fringe through September 17. Savvy San Franciscans should have a good time with the show, which contrasts Parker's public wit with the sadness of her private life, well mixed in Lempert's engaging performance.
Maybe an off-Broadway run will turn up sometime. Lempert has the chops for it.
Where do local performers go when the stage work slows down? Often to CBC Radio drama, which boasts a starry roster of actors for its first two productions of the season.
Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore's The Post Office features Marvin Ishmael and Vik Sahay, among others.
Radio and stage vet Dave Carley's two-part adaptation of Canadian John Glassco's adventures in 20s Paris, Memoirs Of Montparnasse, concludes this week. In its cast are Jonathan Crombie as Glassco, Jim Jones as Morley Callaghan, Paul Essiembre as Ernest Hemingway and Theresa Tova as Emma Goldman -- ironically, a role she played in the touring company of the musical Ragtime.
Also in the cast are Brendan Wall, Gina Wilkinson, Alex Poch-Goldin, Tara Samuel and Salvatore Migliore.
Here's a chance to break into TV with your comic talents.
The producers of Elvira Kurt Adventures In Comedy are looking for performers skilled in stand-up, musical comedy, sketch, busking, improv, physical comedy and mime.
Open-call auditions -- limited to those 18 and older -- are Saturday and Sunday (September 16 and 17), between 10 am and 4 pm at the Central YMCA's Tippet Room (20 Grosvenor). If you're not available for the open call, the producers will accept a two-minute VHS tape ASAP (and no later than September 17) with resume, address and phone.
Send the tape -- which won't be returned -- to Elvira Kurt Adventures In Comedy, 181 Carlaw, suite 254, Toronto M4M 2S1.