Punk Rock Airwaves: Newfoundland Comedienne Mary Walsh Developing New TV Series About Aging Punker
Published Jul 23, 2009Television sitcoms and punk rock go together about as well as G.G. Allin and a pack of nuns, but Canadian comedienne Mary Walsh (Codco, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) is willing to give it a go.
Walsh is currently working on a half-hour comedy pilot called Rise Up, which will feature Canada's funny lady as an aging punk rocker and small-town Newfoundland transplant who moves into an upscale Toronto neighbourhood after winning big on the lottery, according to the Canadian Press.
Walsh plays Siouxie Power and the show will also feature a character called Spook Sparks, who is Power's ex-husband and band-mate. The pilot will put Walsh's character into a wide variety of "zany" situations, such as being mistaken for the maid, getting arrested for disturbing the peace and tussling with her conservative neighbours. Um, yeah, sounds like a real mosh pit of laughs.
Walsh is based out of Newfoundland and has had a long, well-documented battle with alcoholism, but it's unknown if she's a closet punk rocker who grew up listening to the kind of music that pisses off the neighbours.
The punk TV series is being produced by Shaftesbury Films and will include writers from hit Canadian series Corner Gas and DeGrassi. Although the pilot has been given the green light by Canwest, and the show is said to be targeted for racier channel Showcase, a full series hasn't yet been approved. The pilot episode of Rise Up will be shot in the fall.