"This Hour Has 22 Minutes" and "Picnicface" Writer Scott Vrooman Announces New Comedy

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Scott Vrooman, writer and principal actor on the 24-time Gemini Award winning CBC Television show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" has written a new original feature-length comedy script titled "The Main Attraction" which is currently in development.

The story follows a narcissistic Hollywood has-been actor who is hired to live in a small town that hopes its newest star resident will spur tourism revenue and save the community from bankruptcy.

"It's really culturally relevant," said Vrooman, who earned degrees in Commerce from Queens University (Kingston, Ontario) and Dalhousie University. "A lot of places in the US are going bankrupt. I've also been kind of obsessed with Americans' obsessions with celebrities."

Coined as Canada's Stephen Colbert for his political satire sketches on "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," Vrooman is also the co-creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Comedy Network absurdist sketch series "Picnicface," which earned three Canadian Comedy Awards.

Vrooman's manager, Jake Labow, of the Beverly Hills based Brillstein Entertainment Partners, which represents Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adam Sandler, and others, says, "I believe Scott is one of the top young comedic talents Canada has ever produced, following in the footsteps of other Canadian icons such as Lorne Michaels and Ivan Reitman. His eye towards humor within topical current events is what makes him extraordinary."

"The Main Attraction" arrives on the heels of Vrooman's hit 2012 comedy "Roller Town" which he co-wrote with Gemini nominated Andrew Bush and Canadian Comedy award nominee Mark Little. It's about one man brave enough to save a roller-skating-obsessed town that's over taken by video game shilling gangsters.

Netflix will offer "Roller Town" to its streaming subscribers starting December 5.

The film was distributed as a video on demand title by Warner Bros. and was released theatrically in Canada. It was also an official selection at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival, in Utah.

"It was like watching these old movies, going to sleep, having a weird dream and then waking up and writing a movie about it," said Vrooman, who drew inspiration from genre classics "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Roller Boogie."

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