Celebrating 22 years of 22 Minutes

Celebrating 22 years of 22 Minutes
The cast on set in character as the Dragon’s Den personalities: Michael Wekerle, Arlene Dickinson and Vikram Vij.

The mega-award-winning, record-breaking, side-splitting This Hour Has 22 Minutes is in the midst of its most audacious year to date. With live events, road trips and special guests galore, the show’s 22nd anniversary celebration is scheduled to last all season long. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and taped in front of a live studio audience, the half hour show has delivered, week after week, a brilliant combination of hilarious characters and ‘no one is safe’ satire.

The original cast of comedians included Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh. These days Cathy Jones continues as a regular – co-hosting with fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Mark Critch, Susan Kent and Shaun Majumder to take on everything from the size of coffee to the state of the nation. And politicians beware: 22 Minutes has slated a special taping in our nation’s capital early in 2015. Watch for that event and so much more: Tuesdays at 8:30pm/9pm in Newfoundland on CBC.

A moment captured during a Monday night live taping, Season 22.

A moment captured during a Monday night live taping, Season 22.

Costume designer, Patti Parsons, puts the finishing touches on a special creation for Mark Critch to wear as he spoofs Don Cherry.

Costume designer, Patti Parsons, puts the finishing touches on a special creation for Mark Critch to wear as he spoofs Don Cherry.

Mark Critch and Susan Kent transformed into Bono and Harry Styles, on set for a new sketch.

Mark Critch and Susan Kent transformed into Bono and Harry Styles, on set for a new sketch.

 
Full cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes for Season 22 (l-r): Mark Critch, Susan Kent, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones.

Full cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes for Season 22 (l-r): Mark Critch, Susan Kent, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones.

Sketch director Vivieno Caldinelli checks his notes as the 22 Minutes studio transforms for a day of shooting sketches.

Sketch director Vivieno Caldinelli checks his notes as the 22 Minutes studio transforms for a day of shooting sketches.

Back in the day: This Hour’s original cast featured (l-r) Mary Walsh, Greg Thomey, Cathy Jones and Rick Mercer.

Back in the day: 22 Minutes’ original cast featured (l-r) Mary Walsh, Greg Thomey, Cathy Jones and Rick Mercer.

For more on the show or to book free tickets to a taping visit www.cbc.ca/22minutes.
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Stephanie Beaumont
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Stephanie Beaumont is the president, CEO & creative director of Sea and be Scene, an entertainment-based magazine-style website designed to celebrate the four Atlantic provinces. She’s also the executive producer & host of SEA AND BE SCENE TV broadcasting on Bell Aliant FibreOP’s Community ONE. Visit seaandbescene.com and follow her on Twitter @seaandbescene

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