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Nuts and Bolts

After an ad executive loses it all, he chooses to take a job at the local hardware store.

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Week #3 The Differentiator Nuts and Bolts

Starring Kristian Truelsen. Written by Shana Sandler & Howard Pressburger and Josh Tizel. Directed by Peter Ivaskiv with Diana Galligan.

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Rachel A. 4  posted 4 years ago

Here, Here! I definitely agree that the pee and poo jokes are unoriginal as well as growing tiresome. Nuts and bolts: Another wild card whom deserved a seat at the top 110. Here's hoping that you get into the top 50. -Writer and Showrunner of "Table Scraps".

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Peter Ivaskiv, a long overdue biography.

Peter Ivaskiv, a long overdue biography.

We are a team of four, finally Peter gets his due.
Peter Ivaskiv works as director / cameraman.
He's worked with such popular icons as Pink Floyd, Frank Shuster, as well as Astronaut & Social Media Star Colonel Chris Hadfield.

Experienced with both large and small production teams, he brings over 30 years of comedy experience to Nuts & Bolts.
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Kristian Truelsen, an actor prepares.

Kristian Truelsen, an actor prepares.

We are again lucky enough to enjoy the help of another veteran Canadian actor who volunteered their time and craft. Kristian agreed to work with us on very short notice and really brought the character to life as we had imagined. We appreciate his time and effort, especially as he is about to jet off to another country who wants him on their stage. You can check out his imdb profile here: imdb.com/name/nm0874112
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It's not (just) about us.

It's not (just) about us.

We're pitching a new idea, created for this accelerator, from nothing. It's about generating a new audience made for this show, dedicated and committed. Our desire is to sell a concept, without a pre-set cast, which offers the opportunity to mix emerging and established talent. A project driven by community, people who want their stories told and who aren't afraid to laugh at themselves. We are creating a viable and marketable product, conceived to develop a loyal audience over a broad and profitable demographic.
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    Paul H. 1  posted 4 years ago

    The younger demographic is flighty. We will stick with an intelligent show and appreciate dry humour and wit.

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    Len K. 1  posted 4 years ago

    VIve la Difference! Looking good. Show us more! More, more, More more more!

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    Shana S. 0  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks for your comments Len. We're going for the Wildcard!

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    Martine T. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Well although there was only one person talking in video three, and one for the most part on video 1, you grabbed my attention. I wanted to know what you were about. I can see that there could be a lot of funny happenings in the show; you never know who you will meet next!

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    Shana S. 0  posted 4 years ago

    That's the beauty of the hardware store Martine...you never know will walk in next!

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    Lindsey M. 1  posted 4 years ago

    I've liked this team from the beginning and I can see this show on TV right now, but don't forget that you're competing in the digital realm! You will need the vote from younger audiences (and I can already tell this is lacking as many of your fans commenting here haven't uploaded a profile pic) so keep your challenge videos snappy and high-paced for those short attention spans. You've created an excellent character - you must keep us laughing at every challenge. Best of luck!

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    Shana S. 0  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for the feedback Lindsey. The call to satisfy short attention spans, or not, is quite the relevant question. I'll let my co-creators speak to this, but my stance is that one has to make a creative and stylistic choice, which will appeal to some but not to all. Our writing is more subtle and dry and is driven by story and character and not necessarily a set-up/laugh a minute style. Our content here is also not the show itself and when we go into production, we'll have a diverse ensemble cast with young characters too!

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    Gail S. 1  posted 4 years ago

    I'm voting to see more Nuts and Bolts. How about this Monday?

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    Shana S. 0  posted 4 years ago

    Our big mission this week was the pilot script and show Bible (long synopsis) for ComedyCoup eyes only. Want to see the script come to life? Stay with us here, keep viewing content, rating and sharing! Some amazing key art will be unveiled tonight however, so check back after 9pm!

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    Lawrence S. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Original and well written and far superior to some of the top 110.

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    David M. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Really fun project!

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    Josh H. 3  posted 4 years ago

    Hilarious, reminiscent of Frasier, awesome idea, hope to see it go far!

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    Lital H. 3  posted 4 years ago

    Let's get some more smart comedy advancing in this competition, going beyond mere joke-telling and into the realm of actual humour and great story telling.

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    Demetrius S. 3  posted 4 years ago

    I enjoyed the video, I think that the humour you're going for is slightly higher brow but still down to earth. Intriguing.

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    Howard P. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks Demetrius,
    There seem to be few high brow, smart projects in this accelerator, yet we don't seem to be recognized as being as different. No matter, we're staying with our style. Stay tuned for more subversion.

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    Ed N. 3  posted 4 years ago

    love all the comments. seems like there is a lot of talent in this project. i like the topic, being a senior myself. i found it quite amusing. hope you make it to top 50.

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    Howard P. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks Ed.
    We are encouraging people to join the conversation because that's how we'll get recognized. This project is starting from nothing so we don't have a pre-existing fan base helping us along. We see that as a good thing. As for the top 50, you'll be able to help make that happen by staying engaged with us, a strong and loyal fan base is important that's how shows like Arrested Development, Community, Family Guy and Futurama we able to continue despite their network's desire to prematurely cancel them.

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    Shana S. 1  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks for the support everyone! It appears as if we are excluded from the ballot box because we didn't get chosen for the top 110. Do not fret, as we are in Wild Card territory and you can still show the love and tell the CBC and ComedyCoup producers that you want to see our show advance. Keep visiting us here, favouring our content, viewing/sharing our videos and add your commentary and opinions on the matter!

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    Nathan I. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Creative take on answering 'The differentiator' question. Made a bit more sense than ours at Self Help. Good luck!

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    Gail S. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Good luck Shana and Howard! You are true winners in my book!!!

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    Myke M. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Had a good larf-- these guys are definitely working the slowburn™ approach, and it serves the material quite well over the last few vids. Looking forward to whatever the next campaign is, and how they step up!

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    Janis S. 3  posted 4 years ago

    Good job this week! I really liked the commentary approach and have my fingers crossed that you make it into the top 50! I would like to see more.

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    Sharon H. 3  posted 4 years ago

    Great actor, go Howard and Shana!

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    Gail S. 3  posted 4 years ago

    As a senior citizen I really have a lot of respect for pee and poo, but at my age that sort of content is too serious and important to be funny any more. So I'd rather be entertained with something new and innovative, and I really think the clever team of Nuts and Bolts is really on to something!

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    Shana S. 1  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks for your comments Phil et al. I'll let my co-creators speak for themselves on this matter, but my stance is that toilet humour is just fine and it's true that the hardware store is a perfect setting to have fun with it and the more subversive elements. There is a difference between the gratuitous and the gratifying and we'll walk that line with wit and whimsy. Using such forms of humour judiciously, but not relying on them for an easy knee-jerk laugh is an art form and this is what separates us.

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    Phil K. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Gail Rachel Lisa et al
    do I actually have to say sheesh!?
    a hardware store comedy without toilet jokes
    is like a hardware store without... toilets!
    or at the very least bathroom accessories
    I'd very much like to see an episode called plunging for dollars
    anyone?
    no?
    sheesh

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    Phil K. 2  posted 4 years ago

    as a regular customer of the non virtual actual store, I'm good with all of this as long as I don't have to get an agent to buy a can of paint

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    Howard P. 1  posted 4 years ago

    Don't worry Phil, there will be plenty of humour about toilets, but not necessarily toilet humour.

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    Rachel A. 4  posted 4 years ago

    Here, Here! I definitely agree that the pee and poo jokes are unoriginal as well as growing tiresome. Nuts and bolts: Another wild card whom deserved a seat at the top 110. Here's hoping that you get into the top 50. -Writer and Showrunner of "Table Scraps".

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    Gail S. 1  posted 4 years ago

    Ok Phil, that clever writer who mentioned pee and poo because they wanted to move past toilet humor actually hooked us into talking about it. So maybe it is what the public wants and doesn't realize it. So bring it on and show us how important pee and poo is in the hardware store.

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    Lisa H. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Very original and a true differentiator that appeals to an intelligent audience. I want to see more humour that appeals to the intellect rather than the lowest common denominator. Enough with bodily functions humour!

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    Gail S. 2  posted 4 years ago

    Great writing! Ok, you've hooked me, especially after viewing week #3. So when do we get to see the "Nuts and Bolts" of this project? The suspense is killing me and I want to meet some more of those real life hardware store characters.

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    Spencer E. 2  posted 4 years ago

    If Peter Ivaskiv is the only cameraman, he should do a selfie... cause you guys don't do his mug justice. Funny stuff, but he should do a selfie.

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    Howard P. 0  posted 4 years ago

    Thanks Spencer. It's true, it doesn't do him justice, the pic didn't translate well when it got uploaded. He really is a good looking guy. There's another pic of him in action in last week's optional images. It's a profile, he's got great bone structure.

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    Sean M. 3  posted 4 years ago

    Like returning from a Comedy desert these teasers cajole me toward quenching my guffaw thirst and wanting more. Canadiana and a new comedic form with paint thinner thrown in for the fume of it?? I'm ready...show me more...pleeeeease. These cliffhangers are hurting my fingers!

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