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19 Feb 2008

Air Farce LIVE writer and Comedy Inc. star Renée Percy is the latest YouTube sensation with #2 most watched comedy video in Canada

TORONTO – FEBRUARY 19, 2008

Actor, writer, comedian, ninja and all around Renaissance woman Renée Percy has taken her comedy online, storming YouTube with a video that has been viewed more than 4.7 million times. The Air Farce LIVE writer and Comedy Inc. performer’s video, Sure Lock: A True Poo Story is only 150,000 views from being the most watched comedy of all time on YouTube Canada.

“The video is just a funny look at an awkward situation and you’d be amazed by how many people have claimed the story to be their own!” says Percy. “There are even forums dedicated to discussing whether people would call this girl back or not.”

After quickly becoming the most watched comedy on all of YouTube during its first month online, Sure Lock: A True Poo Story was mysteriously pulled from the site with no explanation. Five days later, Percy received a letter from YouTube’s legal team stating their decision that “non-sexually graphic dramatized urination or fecal matter is approved for their site” and the video was re-posted.

“Hurray for non-sexually graphic poo!” Percy exclaims. “But come on YouTube, have you seen some of the things on your site? I mean our video is no 2 Girls, 1 Cup by any means.”

A long-time writer for Comedy Inc. – the edgy and inventive sketch comedy series – Percy will finally be appearing on camera this season as a full-time cast member. Season five of the award-winning show will begin airing this summer on CTV and The Comedy Network.

Since switching to a ‘live-to-air’ format this season, Air Farce LIVE has expanded their writing staff to outside writers for the first time in 29 years. Percy is proud to be their first female staff writer who has written some of the season’s most popular sketches such as Cougar’s Corner. The Canadian comedy airs Fridays on CBC.

As co-creator of the hit sketch comedy extravaganza Mardi Bra (Toronto Fringe Festival, Tim Sims Playhouse, Whistler Comedy Festival), NOW Magazine has described Percy as having a “zany, all-out quality that evokes everyone from Lucille Ball to Kathy Griffin”. Mardi Bra was coined by NOW as a “smart, sassy comedy that’s intelligent and physical yet timeless” and named it one of the Best Comedy Discoveries of 2004.

img-ReneePercyPercy has been acting professionally since the age of 13, when she landed her first role as a series regular on the hit television show Degrassi High. She has since appeared in the The Nincompoops (2006) and Ten Seconds (2007) as well as the feature films Run Robot Run and The Good Shepherd staring Christian Slater.

Performing stand-up on the stages of Yuk Yuk’s, Percy took her act across Canada for four years and in 2003, she was a recipient of the prestigious Phil Hartman Award for best overall comedian.

She has trained at the Etobicoke School of the Arts; the University of Toronto where she earned an Honours Specialist Degree in Theatre and Humber College where she won she won the prestigious Mark Breslin Scholarship. While completing the post graduate program, Comedy in Writing and Performance, Percy won awards for Best Standup and Best Academic Achievement. In other words, she is well trained and in debt.

Percy also has a second-degree black belt in Karate, and an extensive background in dance. She is 115lbs of solid comedy who enjoys fireman and chocolate (especially at the same time). Her saucy, sexy, quirky brand of humour is a hit with both male and female audiences. Known to some as “the skinny bitch”, Percy is by far the best comedian in her weight class.

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Available for interview, Renée Percy

For more information, please visit www.reneepercy.com

You can view Sure Lock: A True Poo Story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aikg6OP3jwU

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