Mump & Smoot in “Anything”

Mump & Smoot in “Anything”

by Michael Kennard & John Turner

April 8-27, 2014

The thrill of watching Mump and Smoot is that they are so damn unleashed. You never know what's going to happen. - Georgia Straight
Mump & Smoot in “Anything”

April 8-27, 2014

Previews April 8 & 9
Opening April 10
Tues-Sat @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm

In their twisted netherworld, Mump and Smoot are confronted by a myriad of nightmarish obstacles that present themselves at every turn. This inseparable duo hail from planet Ummo, speak a strangely understandable language – Ummonian – and worship a powerful god … Ummo.

Created and performed by Michael Kennard and John Turner | Directed by Karen Hines | With: Candace Berlinguette | Composer: Greg Morrison | Set & Props: Riley Miljan at TechArt Custom Creations | Lighting Design: Scott Peters | Kango & Clop: Built by Kathleen Mulder | Mump & Smoot puppets: Zu Ma | Stage Manager: Sherry Roher

Get Tickets

Weekday Adult: $27
Weekend Adult: $29 (Fri/Sat)

Weekday Student/Senior: $23
Weekend Student/Senior: $25 (Fri/Sat)

Opening Night: $50
Tuesday 2 for 1 Night




Michael Kennard received his BA in Drama from the University of Guelph, after which he studied Clown and Mask at the Theatre Resource Centre in Toronto. His remarkable professional career as co-creator of the clown duo Mump & Smoot has included touring to international acclaim for over 30 years. Awards for MUMP & SMOOT include Dora Awards (Best Production, Best Director), 2 Canadian Comedy Awards (Best New Comedy Play), L.A. Drama-Logue Awards (Best Actors), Boston Theatre Awards (Outstanding Production by a Small Visiting Company). Besides his work with Mump & Smoot, Michael is an Associate Professor and researcher in physical theater at University of Alberta. He is also a solo performer, director and collaborator of new theatrical productions.



John is the co-creator (with Michael Kennard) of Mump & Smoot. He attended three universities but was never inspired to finish. In his twenties he had jobs as a roughneck, orderly, painter, construction worker, frying pan salesman and bartender. Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, and Fiona Griffiths introduced him to clown, mask and movement. He also studied bouffon with Philippe Gaulier, physical comedy with John Towsen and improv at Second City. With Mump & Smoot he has co-written and performed in Something, Caged, Ferno, Tense, Something Else and Flux. His directing includes Karen Hines’ Citizen Pochsy, Michael Kennard’s Puzzle Me Red, Miriam Cusson and Mélissa Rockburn’s Stuff, Diana Kolpak’s Lionheart, and De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre’s A Trickster Tale (Tomson Highway), and The Gultch. John also works extensively as a clown coach, director, and teacher across Canada, but primarily on his farm on Manitoulin Island – The Clown Farm ( Other teaching gigs include Yale School of Drama, Laurentian University, California State University, University of Tel Aviv, University of Calgary, The SPACE (the studio he shared with Mike in Toronto), Equity Showcase, the Workman Theatre Project, the Centre For Indigenous Theater, and as part of the De-ba-jeh-mu-jig outreach program. John has been recognized for his work with a Dora award, a Canadian Comedy award, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California).



Karen is a writer, performer and director in theatre, television and film. Her award-winning black comedies for the stage, Hello…Hello (A Romantic Satire) and The Pochsy Plays trilogy have been presented internationally. She has also written several short plays presented by the Tarragon, Volcano, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Karen directed the original production of Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal (ATP) and is the Dora Award-winning director of Horror Clowns Mump & Smoot,  having directed all of their productions to date. A Second City alumna, she has acted extensively in film and television, including three seasons on Ken Finkleman’’s Emmy Award-winning The Newsroom and Married Life for which she was nominated for Gemini and CableACE awards. Karen has recently made the first two in a series of short films featuring the character Pochsy, which are touring an international film festival circuit. She is currently playwright in residence at Alberta Theatre Projects and is writing a black comedy, Drama, as well as a feature-length neo-noir, Deadly is the Female. Her newest Pochsy show will premiere in Munich next fall.



Received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Grammy nomination for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone.  Theatre credits: composer/musical director for Hello…Hello (Tarragon Theatre, The Space), Pochsy’s Lips, Oh, Baby, Citizen Pochsy and Pochsy Unplugged (Toronto Fringe, Canadian/U.S. tours); The Drowsy Chaperone (Toronto Fringe, Theatre Passe Muraille, Winter Garden Theatre, Mirvish Productions); Mump and Smoot In Something Else  (Canadian Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre); Mump and Smoot in Flux (Canadian Stage); An Awkward Evening With Martin & Johnson (Tarragon Extra Space, Tim Sims Playhouse); The Age of Dorian (Artword Theatre). TV: Songs for  Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media for Showcase/Sundance);  Getting Along Famously (CBC); The Joe Blow Show (Comedy Network). Other: musical director for The Second City national touring company and Alumni Café (Tim Sims Playhouse, Bread and Circus); Score for the short films Pochsy: An Industrial Film and A Tax on Pochsy. Currently working on new musical, Big Rosemary with Lisa Lambert and Blake Edwards.



“Now is a time to storm; Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.” Recent Design credits include BED AND BREAKFAST (Theatre Network), EDAY (Serial Collective), Minerva Queen of the Handcuffs (Ghost-writer Theatre), THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW, INFINITY (Theatre Network), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE WINTER’S TALE, HAMLET, A COMEDY OF ERRORS (Freewill Players), 9-5, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Grant MacEwan University). Scott is resident Production Manager for Theatre Network and Nextfest, and is a founding member of Edmonton band Captain Tractor. “Why, I have not another tear to shed.”



Zu-Ma: talent to amuz is Cindi Zuby and Lynette Maurice.  The two spend their time designing and teaching theatre, creating props, making music and playing with puppets.  Their latest show is a sock puppet DVD about Robert’s Rules of Order starring Schlocky and Mocky.  They are honoured to be a part of Umo by “giving birth” to the new/bloody/nightmare little babies!   Cindi & Lynette are off to the next show “Niles’ Journey, a Baby Camel’s Story” for the Christmas season.



Sherry Roher has been Stage Managing for the past 10 years across Canada and a visit, or two, to the US. Some of her favourite credits include: True Love Lies at Factory Theatre, The Room’s Red Machine I & II,The Exchange Rate Collective & Volcano’s Appetite, M&S & M.K. Productions’ Puzzle Me Red, Single Threat Co-op’s A Quiet Place, ACME Theatre’s Crook Back Dicky, Coeur de Lion/Lioness’s Productions Mother of the Pride, Michael Kennard’s The Hollow, Shakespeare In The Rough’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rick Roberts’ Kite & Fish Wife and The Co.’s Awake and Sing, & Audience, Unveiling, Protest. Working with Mump & Smoot for the first time is an honour and a ride that I’ll never want to end. Many thanks to Adrian Griffin for his enduring love and support.