This Hour Has 22 Minutes cast spends a night with fans in Charlottetown

Emma Childs
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This Hours Has 22 Minutes cast members Cathy Jones, left, and Susan Kent get ready for a shoot outside the P.E.I. Convention Centre during a shoot today in Charlottetown. The cast is shooting a second skit in front of Province House later this morning. Those segements will air next week. Photo special to The Guardian.

On Thursday night, the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes attended a meet-and-greet event for fans in The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse on University Avenue in Charlottetown.

A steady stream of fans flooded through the second-floor event space of the pub from 7 p.m. when the event began until about 9 p.m. that night. The four stars were in town filming a segment for their show on Friday morning at the P.E.I. Convention Centre and Province House in Charlottetown.

"We got (on P.E.I.) and pretty much immediately came here," said one of the show's stars, Susan Kent. "We got here we just met like the nicest people who watch the show, so it's been nothing but the best impression."

Viewers of all ages showed up for an opportunity to have a photo taken with Kent and her co-stars Mark Critch, Cathy Jones and Shaun Majumder.

Carol Stevenson and her husband said they'd been watching the show since its inception in 1992.

"Its not just slapstick; it's intelligent humour," she said, "and they just take it and really play with it."

"It's so brilliantly written and so brilliantly acted," said Zachary Gauthier, a five-year-long fan.

"Every sketch is hilarious and makes a lot of sense and is also just very informative."

Gauthier alludes to Critch's portrayal of Rob Ford as his favorite series of sketches, while Stevenson likes Jones' portrayal of Mrs. Enid, an opinionated older lady famous for her rants.

The stars spent a great deal of the night mingling with fans that expressed their appreciation for the show.

Many of the fans that attended the event were quick to talk about P.E.I. Witness News, a series of sketches that poke fun at the overbearingly kind nature of Islanders and the lack of hard-hitting news in the community.

"It's fun to have fun about every province but P.E.I. has been particularly great," said Kent. "It's cool because we can have fun about it and then everybody embraces it and has fun along with you. The only feedback we've gotten from P.E.I.-ers is that they like it so that makes us happy."

The scenes filmed on the Island in Friday's shoot will air on March 25 at 8:30 p.m. on the CBC.

Organizations: P.E.I. Conference Centre and Province House, P.E.I. Witness News, CBC

Geographic location: Charlottetown, The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

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