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Posted by Christine / January 29, 2013

MKM.jpg Two years ago, local actors and all around funny fellas Matthew Raudsepp, Kyle Gatehouse, and Matthew Gagnon moved into an apartment together -a meeting of creative minds that would result in the aptly named (M&K&

"The concept behind M&K& is the usual comedy troupe thing: first, make each other laugh, then let other people in on the joke," said Raudsepp. "We like to describe what we do as 'tax-deductible business lunches'."

This comedy website features video sketches as well as blogging, which are displayed against a vibrant cosmic backdrop. An appropriate setting for the playful, adventurous, and sometimes absurd comedic wizardry presented therein. However, what is just as striking about the content is the natural sense of timing and rapport between the trio.

"We'd been friends for a long time prior to forming M&K&, acting in theatre, improv, sketch comedy shows, always making each other laugh," said Raudsepp. "We just wanted to keep the good times going."

Some video sketches poke fun at a piece of popular culture, like celebrity talk shows or late night ads for sex hotlines. The "This Is How We Live" series has a sitcom aesthetic, but will always add an unexpected, sometimes unsettling twist. Imagine David Lynch directing an episode of Friends. The "Web Wizard" series has the boys travel Tron-like through a computer to an extra dimensional space of whirling 8-bit images and tangled computer cords. There, they meet their Web Wizard -a charming older gentleman in wizard's robes who gives web tutorials alongside a canine companion. The variety of material featured on the website speaks to the trio's organic, sprawling creative process.

"Sometimes an idea just pops into our heads fully formed, but most of the time we brainstorm together and build on tiny kernels of jokes inspired by real life," said Raudsepp.

M&K&'s most recent video is a fun take on Parc Avenue Tonight, which is a local talk show that interviews various neighbourhood celebrities. Amusingly, Parc Avenue Tonight posted the video on their facebook page with the preamble, "Terrorist cell spoofs local talk show, embarrasses host's mother."

"A friend asked us if we'd heard of this new talk show set in the Mile End (where we live), and we hadn't. We watched all the episodes in one day and immediately decided to make an episode of our own," said Raudsepp. "Also, we've wanted to do a talk show sketch for as long as I can remember. Talk shows are super fascinating, lots of characters, and the genre has its own set of rules."

Watch the video here.

The boys of M&K& do all editing and post-production work for the website themselves. They plan to make more comedy videos and in the more distant future, will work on TV shows and feature films.

To wrap up, I've asked the admittedly tangential, but ever important: "How much do you like poutine and where do you go to eat poutine?"

"We're poutine personified. Cheesy and fried," said Raudsepp. "We were just shooting a top secret project in Toronto and had lobster poutine at a nice place called Rock Lobster. But the best poutine is here at La Banquise!"

There you have it!

Visit the official facebook page here.

Image from's official facebook page. From top to bottom: Matthew Gagnon, Kyle Gatehouse and Matthew Raudsepp.



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