Mump & Smoot in “Something” with Thug - Play the Fool 2019
ATB Financial Arts Barns - Backstage Theatre
Created by Michael Kennard & John Turner
Directed by Karen Hines
Mump played by Michael Kennard
Smoot played by John Turner
Sound by David Hines
“Comedy at its most anarchic” - The Vancouver Sun
Mump and Smoot inhabit a parallel Universe on planet Ummo, worship a god named Ummo and converse in their own gibberish language - Ummonian - which is nevertheless clear to the audience, all the while delighting in the chaos of a nightmarish world. In Something, we find the intrepid duo Mump and Smoot prancing through the etiquette of a fine Cafe, the sorrow and despair of a Wake, and the pandemonium of the Doctor’s office.
“National treasures” – CBC
“two of Canada’s finest clowns” – The Globe and Mail
“post-apocalyptic Smother’s Brothers” – the Edmonton Journal
“a Martian Abbott and Costello” – Now Magazine
“Beckett meets the Road Warrior” – The Village Voice
“an eccentric brew of Grand Guignol and New Vaudeville – New York Newsday
Mump & Smoot are a Canadian clown duo created by Michael Kennard, John Turner and Karen Hines in 1988. Michael and John met in 1986 in Second City workshops. As a duo they discovered they had a good connection, especially when doing gibberish exercises. It was also in Second City workshops that they met and began working with director Karen Hines, who has gone on to direct all of their shows to date and is integral from the developmental phase through to full production.
Their primary repertoire includes eight full-length shows, Something (1989), Caged (1990), Ferno (1992), Tense (1997), Something Else (1998), Flux (2002), Cracked (2012), Anything (2014). Their critical acclaim and popularity was developed through consistent sell-outs in the fringe festivals across Canada, which has lead them on to enjoy successful runs in Toronto and at numerous North American regional theatres.