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The Cutbacks

With all the downsizing the CBC is down to just 3 guys, who are now responsible for all programming.

Calgary, AB
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Week #1 Show Teaser The Cutbacks

The Cutbacks: With all the cutbacks, the CBC is down to just 3 guys, who are now responsible for all programming.

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The Harper Government has finally pulled the trigger and has downsized the CBC to just three people, Philip Hudson, Director of Programming, Technician Andrew Longham, and Gopher Dave. Together they must create enough content, news and sports to fill hours of airtime. With an operating budget of roughly $750 dollars and a dream, Philip and his cohorts write and perform the shows in the hopes of keeping the beloved Canadian institution alive.

Combining sketch comedy with hilarious recurring story lines, The Cutbacks takes a satirical look at the current beleaguered state of Canadian broadcasting. No Grants? No Budget? No Problem!


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Tony Binns

Writer, Talent

Tony has been a headlining comedian for over 10 years, and was the head writer for calgary's "Obscene but not Heard" sketch troupe. He is also an Ampia Award nominated screenwriter for shows such as Tiny Plastic Men" "Fugget About it" and Truckstop Bloodsuckers".

Tony enjoys movies, comic books, comic book movies and referring to himself in the third person.

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Rob Mitchelson

Writer, Talent

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Trevor Campbell

Talent, Director

Since earning a Broadcasting diploma Trevor has done everything from acting in Hell on Wheels; CBC’s Next Comedy Legend; stand up and sketch comedy across Canada; study Bouffon; direct & co-wrote the Kit & Kaboodle Circus, Calgary.
“Trevor Campbell has always had perfect comic tempo. He just intuitively knows the speed of funny.” - Calgary Herald

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    Sheldon O.
    posted 4 years ago

    I liked what you did this week, had its funny moments
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    Melissa R.
    posted 4 years ago

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    Jenna F.
    posted 4 years ago

    I actually laughed out loud at the teaser!!!
  • Trevor's Photo

    Trevor B.
    posted 4 years ago

    I hope our votes help you afford dedicated pants and possibly a second camera.
  • Susan's Photo

    Susan H.
    posted 4 years ago

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    Loretta W.
    posted 4 years ago

    Funny. I like the concept
  • Jesse Lynn's Photo

    Jesse Lynn A.
    posted 4 years ago

    Can't wait to see more!
  • Holly's Photo

    Holly F.
    posted 4 years ago

    Please... Goes without saying. Top knotch comedy.
  • Lindsey's Photo

    Lindsey M.
    posted 4 years ago

    CBC has a sense of humour - I think everyone will get a kick out of this show!
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    Scott B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Enjoyed the week 3 video very much! I love the "school class film" look.
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    Gina F.
    posted 4 years ago

    Another Strong Alberta Contender
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    Jennifer D.
    posted 4 years ago

    Week 5 = awesome!! I can totally see this working as a show on the CBC. I mean, if you can't poke fun at yourselves... And you guys are doing it in such a smart way. Good luck!
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    Kevin S.
    posted 4 years ago

    Watched this for the first time on week 5. Brought smiles to my face. I wonder how this concept will carry over many weeks as a series?
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    Tavia M.
    posted 4 years ago

    Ummmm, you're loosing me here. Guess I need to see more of where you're going with this.
  • Charlene's Photo

    Charlene N.
    posted 4 years ago

    Very catchy tune indeed :-)
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    paula p.
    posted 4 years ago

    Too Funny!
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    Lomus B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Great potential but not as funny as i thought it would be
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    Chett B.
    posted 4 years ago

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    IAN N.
    posted 4 years ago

    The song has a "catchy" tune and I enjoyed it. Not sure that I found it to be really funny; however, it did show us your team.
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    John R.
    posted 4 years ago

    Although I liked the week three teaser, I am not sure where this will go week to week. Your reference to other comedy shows, although well done, is this allowed?
  • Sarah's Photo

    Sarah A.
    posted 4 years ago

    Awesome job, guys!
  • Catherine's Photo

    Catherine O.
    posted 4 years ago

    Great 60's vib
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    Jenni E.
    posted 4 years ago

    Hahahahaha CBC!
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    J-P R.
    posted 4 years ago

    didn't laugh
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    Rebecca N.
    posted 4 years ago

    I will watch Rob Mitchelson do just about anything...in rented pants!
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    Shandi S.
    posted 4 years ago

    CBC and The Cutbacks both deserve better budgets.
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    Tara P.
    posted 4 years ago

    I'm still randomly saying "pew pew pew!!"
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    Braden C.
    posted 4 years ago

    This was hilarious take on the situation with CBC! I think that it could be great to see what happens with the three guys running CBC all on their own! However, I don't know how well CBC will like poking fun at itself even though it's a really funny concept!
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    Aaron K.
    posted 4 years ago

    The Differentiator video was clever, and I thought achieved some great moments. How do you plan to provide high production value when your premise is "look how bad it gets when you cut funding"? Not impossible, but an interesting problem.
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    Alison W.
    posted 4 years ago

    Funny but I wonder how the premise could stretch past a couple episodes?
  • Andreas's Photo

    Andreas S.
    posted 4 years ago

    Looks like a decent project
  • Debbie's Photo

    Debbie N.
    posted 4 years ago

    It has some funny moments: however, there is nothing really outstanding( or never seen before) here. Not sure how this will have enough content to go week after week. Good luck.
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    Aaron K.
    posted 4 years ago

    It's funny because it's true.
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    Steve J.
    posted 4 years ago

    Wow, great concept and delivery. You guys deserve to make it into the finals. Keep it up!
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    Jason B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Very Canadian and 0riginal
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    Kara G.
    posted 4 years ago

    appropriate concept! ;)
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    Adrianne G.
    posted 4 years ago

    It look and sounds pretty polished. The hand got in the way a bit with the characters.
  • Jessica's Photo

    Jessica S.
    posted 4 years ago

    I think this is hilarious!
  • Tracy's Photo

    Tracy S.
    posted 4 years ago

    Totally random goodness... :)
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    Brian T.
    posted 5 years ago

    I love the idea. I died for the hockey joke, because seriously - how did that happen? Though I would buy the program more as a new government pilot project into austerity, because the CBC will continue to exist around it eventually. Like being forced to take a bus instead of plane to a 'high profile' event that is now two or three weeks old; audio that cuts and drops during the most important piece to be presented, coming back to early and late for commercials...

    There is a lot of potential here, guys, and I hope you do well.
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    Ayesha B.
    posted 5 years ago

    Love it! Really effective use of resources (or lack thereof).
  • Sa's Photo

    Sa B.
    posted 5 years ago

    Fun idea! Needs a woman.
  • Josie's Photo

    Josie L.
    posted 5 years ago

    Smart, witty, timely.
  • Caroline's Photo

    Caroline C.
    posted 5 years ago

    These guys have nothing but potential to knock Canada's socks off.
  • Bonnie's Photo

    Bonnie C.
    posted 5 years ago

    Very funny. We can all relate to cut backs.
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    kristian R.
    posted 5 years ago

    Love your work.
  • Nicolas's Photo

    Nicolas W.
    posted 5 years ago

    Love the union reference and the rented pants!
  • Byron's Photo

    Byron H.
    posted 5 years ago

    I don't see the potential. This is extremely niche, and the language is highly technical. I'm sure it's funny to a few people who work with CBC, but generally, you can't expect the public to care about these scenarios or even understand them enough not to lose interest in the first five minutes.
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    Vanessa S.
    posted 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed this, would love to see more!
  • Shannon's Photo

    Shannon H.
    posted 5 years ago

    Looks good :)
  • Grayson's Photo

    Grayson G.
    posted 5 years ago

    Not seeing how you could pull this off for 22 minutes.
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