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The Lease

"The Lease" is a mockumentary about four random roommates. It's like "Friends". Except they're not.

St. john's, NL
6.89 (561)

Week #1 Show Teaser The Lease

"The Lease" is a mockumentary set in St. John's, NL. When Ryan, a hopeless romantic, surprises his girlfriend with a new house, she bails and leaves him with a hefty mortgage. Upset and drunk on caesars, he turns to the computer and writes an ad: "Searching For Roommates To Fill Void Left By Awful Wench". Pretty soon, he has three complete strangers knocking on his door and into his life.

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The story starts with Ryan Grant, an uptight accountant (and closet cartoonist) who has just purchased his first home for he and his long time girlfriend to move into. After his elaborate and very public proposal gets rejected and goes viral online, Ryan is humiliated, heartbroken, and stuck with a mortgage he can't afford.

Depressed and quickly going broke, Ryan posts an ad online to secure three random roommates: Jana Mclean (an aspiring lawyer and reluctant bartender who is secretly a lesbian), Kenny Lemons (a semi-pro hockey player with a head of rocks and a heart of gold), and Ashley Peters (hermit, pot dealer, and the most financially successful of the bunch).


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Matt Wright

Talent, Writer

Stand up comedian. Up and coming filmmaker. Future diabetic. Matt Wright's quick ascent in Canadian comedy has been highlighted by being selected for the Atlantic Fringe Festival, headlining Yuk Yuk's, and touring Canada. His debut album; "Vasectomy Baby" went to #2 on iTunes Comedy. Matt's short film "Phantom Ring" premiered on closing night of the Nickel Film Festival.

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Mike Fardy

Writer, Talent

Improviser, writer, filmmaker from St. John's, NL. Let's be buds!

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Deanne Foley

Director, Producer

DEANNE FOLEY is a director/ writer. Her debut feature, BEAT DOWN, starring MARTHE BERNARD (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) & ROBB WELLS (TRAILER PARK BOYS), garnered three Canadian Comedy Award noms including Best Direction. Her 2nd feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, a rom-com, was selected for Telefilm's Perspective Canada CANNES 2014. Recently, she directed 2 episodes of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Reviews (76)

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    Sheldon O.
    posted 4 years ago

    It was ok, didn't laugh very much at all, your previous stuff was better
  • Dawson Neufeld's Photo

    Dawson Neufeld N.
    posted 4 years ago

  • Amy's Photo

    Amy W.
    posted 4 years ago

    Really like the comedy! I'll continue to watch
  • Judith's Photo

    Judith M.
    posted 4 years ago

    Haha ok then
  • Bryan's Photo

    Bryan M.
    posted 4 years ago

    Sounds like a bit of a ripoff from New Girl??
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    Daniela M.
    posted 4 years ago

    Sorry guys just don't find it that funny. Really been there done that many years ago, not sure I would spend prime time watching it. But good luck
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    JENN B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Can't wait to see more!
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    iris a.
    posted 4 years ago

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    Paula M.
    posted 4 years ago

    Too good
  • Daniel's Photo

    Daniel L.
    posted 4 years ago

    Some clips to introduce the show to someone who hasn't watched the previous videos would have been better than just sitting and talking about it.
  • Colleen's Photo

    Colleen C.
    posted 4 years ago

    I actually find the storyline believable. Its about people that have to live together, not by choice, but necessity.
  • ron's Photo

    ron g.
    posted 4 years ago

    keep up the good work
  • Josh's Photo

    Josh W.
    posted 4 years ago

    It doesn't suck.
  • Kevin's Photo

    Kevin S.
    posted 4 years ago

    Another show about Roommates! I guess if you have interesting characters it will carry. The slogan of your poster added some interest to find out why they are not friends. Now I am.
  • Forman's Photo

    Forman H.
    posted 4 years ago

    My rating could go up, but I need to see more.
  • Nushka's Photo

    Nushka B.
    posted 4 years ago

    More please!
  • Cat's Photo

    Cat M.
    posted 4 years ago


    Fardy, I'd rent a room from you any day.
  • Michael's Photo

    Michael L.
    posted 4 years ago

    Love it.
  • carly's Photo

    carly t.
    posted 4 years ago

    interesting idea.
  • Christine's Photo

    Christine R.
    posted 4 years ago

    Keep it comin
  • Katelyn's Photo

    Katelyn S.
    posted 4 years ago

    It's a concept that's been done (quirky roommates living together) but I like these people. Especially the guy who can't read. It could be funny.
  • Pascale's Photo

    Pascale H.
    posted 4 years ago

    Awesome show! Great job!
  • Spencer's Photo

    Spencer D.
    posted 4 years ago

    Phenomenal Stuff Guys!
  • Colin's Photo

    Colin S.
    posted 4 years ago

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    leah w.
    posted 4 years ago

    Keeps getting better and better.... Great comedic timing!
  • Curtis's Photo

    Curtis M.
    posted 4 years ago

    This should be on Television
  • Mike's Photo

    Mike F.
    posted 4 years ago

    Love these guys!
  • Sharon's Photo

    Sharon W.
    posted 4 years ago

    Loving it.
  • Patrick's Photo

    Patrick C.
    posted 4 years ago

    Love you guys!
  • Mark's Photo

    Mark P.
    posted 4 years ago

    Best of luck guys. See you in the top 100, hopefully!
  • Liam's Photo

    Liam K.
    posted 4 years ago

    This is going to be priceless...
  • Edward's Photo

    Edward R.
    posted 4 years ago

    I really like the premise. Watch out for half smiles and look into some proper cinematic techniques and you're on your way to gold. Kick ass
  • Trevor's Photo

    Trevor B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Oh, heavens, yes.
  • Hannah's Photo

    Hannah M.
    posted 4 years ago

    the shots are good, but the acting is quite stiff, and the idea is not quite original
  • Franziska's Photo

    Franziska L.
    posted 4 years ago

    Seems like a modern friends premise?
  • Kenneth's Photo

    Kenneth C.
    posted 4 years ago

    not quite og concept
  • Lisa's Photo

    Lisa W.
    posted 4 years ago

    Keep up the work guys!! x
  • Julie's Photo

    Julie B.
    posted 4 years ago

    Great job, duuudes.
  • Isabella's Photo

    Isabella M.
    posted 5 years ago

    This looks sweet
  • Helen's Photo

    Helen M.
    posted 5 years ago

    Some great possibilities :)
  • Murray's Photo

    Murray H.
    posted 5 years ago

    Very good idea to have an ongoing sitcom relating to Lease out appartment.
    Best of luck.
  • Cindy's Photo

    Cindy H.
    posted 5 years ago

    looking forward to seeing more!!
  • Dan's Photo

    Dan N.
    posted 5 years ago

    I didn't find it funny but it had a certain appeal.
  • Jeremy's Photo

    Jeremy L.
    posted 5 years ago

    Looks friggin wicked!
  • Lauren's Photo

    Lauren M.
    posted 5 years ago

    Could be good, but not convinced.
  • Andrew's Photo

    Andrew W.
    posted 5 years ago

    Good Setup. Would like to see what you can do with more money!
  • Art's Photo

    Art g.
    posted 5 years ago

    falls a little bit short in the characters - "the illiterate" "the lesbian"? c'mon guys. seriously.
  • Courteney's Photo

    Courteney P.
    posted 5 years ago

    Looks really fun and endearing!! Can't wait to see more :)
  • Fiona's Photo

    Fiona H.
    posted 5 years ago

    Landlord could have developed the character a little more, good idea.
  • Grace's Photo

    Grace O.
    posted 5 years ago

    Really Funny, captivating plot and appears to be well thought out. Look forward to the whole story
  • Kathy's Photo

    Kathy H.
    posted 5 years ago

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    Mikaela D.
    posted 5 years ago

    This is a super-strong idea and executed really well. Great work! Keep doing it! Never stop! I DEMAND MORE
  • Keith's Photo

    Keith B.
    posted 5 years ago

    Not my cup of tea.
  • Nate's Photo

    Nate S.
    posted 5 years ago

    I love this concept!!! Looking forward to more!
  • Mike's Photo

    Mike B.
    posted 5 years ago

  • Jordan's Photo

    Jordan S.
    posted 5 years ago

    Great idea, looking forward to seeing more.
  • Victoria's Photo

    Victoria o.
    posted 5 years ago

    Looks modern and funny, something we can all relate to, moving in with complete strangers!
  • Stephen's Photo

    Stephen P.
    posted 5 years ago

    The comedic recipe is absolutely solid. A heart-broken sap, a no-nonsense female to maybe-sorta-one-day fill the void, a doofus, and a financially successful pot dealer. I need, NEED to see where this goes!
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    Emily O.
    posted 5 years ago

    Incredibly excited for this, looks phenomenal guys.
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    emily l.
    posted 5 years ago

    Kinda old concept
  • Diane's Photo

    Diane D.
    posted 5 years ago

    Great potential for a comedy series.
  • Chris's Photo

    Chris W.
    posted 5 years ago

    I Think that door is far too small.

    Amazing job! Can't wait to see more
  • Alex's Photo

    Alex W.
    posted 5 years ago

    Teaser looks great, can't wait to see more! Really good concept for a show!
  • Tanya's Photo

    Tanya F.
    posted 5 years ago

    I thought it was awesome! Lots of potential there for sure!!
  • Simon's Photo

    Simon M.
    posted 5 years ago

    Nailing the genre, in a good way! And strong character introductions just in the trailer, which is exciting. PUMPED
  • Alain's Photo

    Alain M.
    posted 5 years ago

    I like the simplicity, sublime comedy.
  • Jackson's Photo

    Jackson M.
    posted 5 years ago

    Hilarious! Hope to see more from this crew.
  • Trevor's Photo

    Trevor B.
    posted 5 years ago

    My main complaint is that this is a very average concept. 4 people living in a house mockumentary? I'm not sure this is going to turn many heads.
  • Jennifer's Photo

    Jennifer D.
    posted 5 years ago

    Has potential. Could be really funny. Acting a bit stiff though, at this point. Finger's crossed for you!! :)
  • Brian's Photo

    Brian T.
    posted 5 years ago


    I got the feeling that you guys are in it to win it, because you've looked beyond the easy "let's get $500,000 to make a half-hour show' and saw the "let's get $500,000 to make a half-hour pilot with national Canadian exposure". Keep your editor - the teaser is well-put together and establishes the show in a fluid manner. The 'desperate lease' is a great way to get dynamic characters into the same social sphere and binds them with clear-cut and concrete rules which will define them later. The weed-dealer character alone could give a great second episode if the 'falling for the unknown-lesbian' is the pilot angle; our serial monogamist could be oblivious to the weed and think people who may show up may be her clients in another sense with everyone else hamming it up for him.

    Of all the videos I have watched so far, this is the only one that has a sense of it going anywhere beyond a short means to do a quick character/or exhaust a hard-to-produce premise in a longer sense. Beyond that; it's not sketch comedy which is going to be stiff competition in this not-a-contest. You guys were thinking smart. Also, the premise doesn't necessarily hinge on it being distinctly 'Newfie' - which I think is a credit. Nobody likes being punched in the face with reminders of where a show is set; but it can work its way in naturally (which should give it a broader appeal to other voters in other provinces). And the one-year lease premise gives it a 'per-season' vibe, so a season/lease ending need not feel weird if the show only does a season or two (but hopefully it'll get six and a movie).

    Honestly, I think you guys have something special here and I really hope it makes it to the end or wins; otherwise you could already be on the way to a really great pilot to sell to another network. I could probably keep going on for days, but this has unlimited potential for beyond this pilot.
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    Grayson G.
    posted 5 years ago

    'Four friends living their lives.' Heart-felt but i'm not seeing any "new forms of funny" to be honest.
  • John's Photo

    John F.
    posted 5 years ago

    Interesting concept. Looking forward to seeing more.
  • Henricus's Photo

    Henricus G.
    posted 5 years ago

    Classic Archetypes comingling? Sounds "situational" enough for me! Especially if there will be a lot more shots that are funny solely based on context. Love these guys, do want more!
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    Christopher D.
    posted 5 years ago

    This show has the potential to make it. The product of some of St. John's best comedic talents was inevitable. Now that it's finally here I'm impressed. The characters each have unique struggles, even illiteracy, it's ok, we've all been there. That captures the essence of what comedy is though, just a group of people with problems living in the same place, and learning how to deal with each other. I can't wait for more from these fine folks! Keep the gold coming!
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    Evan W.
    posted 5 years ago

    This is going to be amazing.
  • Pat's Photo

    Pat F.
    posted 5 years ago

    Love it! Keep it up,
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