10 COMICS TO WATCH: Ex-Picnicface trouper lines up new roles
With Canadian sketch comedy troupe Picnicface on the backburner, one of its members is coming into his own.
Mark Little dominated some of the group’s most memorable skits during its heyday five years ago, including viral sensation “Powerthirst.” The testosterone-fueled energy-drink spoof was a favorite of Will Ferrell and one of the most popular videos on Funny or Die during the website’s infancy.
“We got swept up in this cyclone of attention,” Little says.
That’s when production companies began courting Picnicface for a TV series in the vein of “Kids in the Hall,” but a 13-episode order for Canada’s Comedy Network wound up in limbo and that gave Little and his castmates time to complete the rollerskating crime-syndicate feature “Roller Town.”
“We set out to make a cult movie, and that’s exactly what we made,” Little says, acknowledging that the film, which he co-wrote, hasn’t been seen by many outside of its recent appearance on Netflix.
“Most people have never heard of it, will never hear of it and will never go out of their way to watch it.”
But Little’s off-the-wall brand of humor found an unlikely fan in “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh who proclaimed it his favorite movie of 2012 on Twitter.
This summer Little returns to a supporting role on Canuck comedy “Mr. D.” He also plans to adapt his Web series “Dad Drives” for television, alongside co-creator Dan Beirne, and develop a parody of Power Rangers.