Paul Bates and Doug Morency. Photo by Christine Latimer.
One day in 2001, while at The Second City, Paul Bates and Doug Morency were
sitting around trying to figure out what kind of sketch they could come up with
using a tuba and a ukulele. The answer was obvious: put on some hats, pretend
to be really old, reminice about people and things that never existed, and call it
Thus The Williamson Playboys were born. Doug plays Cecil Williamson, Jr. and Paul plays his father, Rufus. Sound hilarious? The father-and-son musical comedy team will perform at this year’s Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Read on for more.
Theatromania: Describe the Williamson Playboys in one sentence.
TWP: The Williamson Playboys are a 150-year-old singing, song-writing tour-de-force that is slowly and literally decomposing in front of your very eyes.
Theatromania: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
TWP: “We were told there would be free dinner?”
Theatromania: If you could play with two famous musicians who would they be? Why?
TWP: We’ve played with them all, so the question should be who would we NOT play with? And the answer is Noel and Liam Gallagher. Or at least we’ll never share a hotel room with them again.
Theatromania: What excites you most about TOsketchfest?
TWP: We wanna see that guy who has a picnic for a face. We haven’t seen that since P.T. Barnum died. Also we’ve been told there’s going to be free dinner.
Theatromania: What’s next for The Williamson Playboys?
TWP: TWO OPTIONS! The Muammar Gaddafi Tribute Concert. After that, probably more food through a straw. Or…every Monday Kirk Douglas has us over to slap around just so he can feel like a big man.
Catch The Williamson Playboys November 11, 2011 (8pm) at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Visit torontosketchfest.com for more information.