Sketch: Mark Little + Picnicface
At the 2010 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Mark Little took the stage and delivered only a few minutes of jokes before telling the audience he was going to rap his “hit song” and wanted everyone to rap along. Of course, no one had ever heard the song, so every time Little turned the mic to the audience, he was met with silence.No matter. Even when dropping full sentences, Little bobbed his head along, content to make himself the butt of the joke.
The key to his stand-up is how quickly he puts himself in that position: Another joke starts with him describing how some animals naturally put up camouflage to protect from predators—his camouflage, in high school, was acne, to protect from the predator of “self-esteem.” Same goes for the Halifax-based sketch group Picnicface, of which Little is a member. Its videos traffic in the ridiculous and embarrassing, like the differences between a “good touch” and a “bad touch” told in song, or a professor interviewing the continent of Africa. The group is currently raising money for its first feature film, Roller Town, slated to begin production next month.