Will Sasso returns in the CBC’s Fool Canada
The countless faces of comedian Will Sasso are returning to the small screen with CBC’s social-experiment comedy Fool Canada. The Ladner, B.C. native (currently working with Nicolas Cage on Army of One) has taken over the airwaves once more by poking fun at what it means to be a canuck. Unsuspecting citizens put the reserved and polite reputation of Canadians to the test as Sasso and a team of fellow comedians travel coast-tocoast wreaking havoc on their marks.
Adopted from ITV’s Fool Britannia, the show features hidden cameras, Canadian comedians (such as Craig Lauzon and Sara Hennessy) and Sasso’s specialty, disguises.
As one of the stars of MADtv for five seasons, Sasso gained notoriety for his impeccable impressions which would live on as timeless web clips. His Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal and James Gandolfini impersonations gained him a cult following through his accurate portrayals. His likeness to singer/songwriter Kenny Rogers made his videos featuring the members of MTV’s Jackass a viral sensation.
As a teenager growing up in a Western-Canadian suburb, Sasso acquired his first TV role on CTV’s Neon Rider. Going on to star in the award-winning Canadian drama Madison, he continued to book appearances in films such as Ernest Goes to School, Happy Gilmore and the late Chris Farley’s Beverly Hills Ninja.
Inspired early in his life by programs such as SCTV, Saturday Night Live and Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Sasso translated his love of sketch comedy into becoming a cast member for MADtv. His skills would then place him into recurring roles on comedies such as ABC’s Less than Perfect, ‘Til Death and Hot in Cleveland.
Audiences have likely seen Sasso pop-up in his seemingly endless guest roles on television shows since, including: X-Files, CSI, How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men.
As well, Sasso played alongside Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Jeremy Piven on HBO’s Entourage as a pompous and not so understanding Hollywood writer, who couldn’t take no for answer.
In 2012, the actor played Curly in a remake of the iconic Three Stooges together with Sean Hayes (Will & Grace).
More recently he has shown off his range with long stints as a voice actor on the hit cartoon Family Guy, rounding out the past year with the recurring role of
Al Sura on the highly-rated FX drama Justified; winner of two Primetime Emmys.
Hitting The Funny Bone
Sasso’s pedigree for associating with grade-A comedians is already strong with Ten Minute Podcast; teaming up with wellknown comics Bryan Callen (The Goldbergs, MADtv) and the very popular Chris D’Elia (Undateable) to produce a unique format within a very competitive genre ripe with talent.
This experience translates well and provides excellent chemistry working with comedians like Sam Khallileh on-screen in Fool Canada.
The reimagining of a classic format in this TV show is as refreshing as it is expectedly hilarious given its star. Without cheesy music or predictable gags, Fool Canada really shows off Will Sasso’s acting prowess as opposed to unknown actors bumping into construction workers to try and get a laugh.
The half-hour show that sees Sasso’s team poking fun at confused Canadians — with sketches like playing street hockey with a baby carrier attached, or ticketing a skateboarder for speeding — already has critics and audiences keeling over.
The result is real people with real reactions, making this highly-anticipated comedy more than worth watching.
CBC’s FOOL CANADA airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. For info and to watch episodes, go to cbc.ca/foolcanada.