On set of the Skinny Kookoo Comedy Sketch Show. Skinny Kookoo stands behind a news desk with her grandson on the left side and Aqqalu Meekis on the right. A TV camera operator points the camera at them to capture the footage
Skinny Kookoo’s cast and crew quickly realize that she doesn’t have a clue of how a film set works, let alone be in control of her very own television show. Ryan, who plays the show Director/Producer (his title is still unclear), is continually telling her she’s going off script. Skinny Kookoo is often heard yelling at her grandson to get off the set. She pays her cast and crew with food at a table she has labeled crap services. No matter how ridiculous it gets, there is a core of love and true concern in everything Skinny Kookoo does.
The Deadly Unusual Suspects
Joyce Delaronde is a super deadly Métis filmmaker. She created, wrote, directed and produced the Skinny Kookoo (SK) Comedy Sketch Show and was nominated for ‘best new talent’ at WAFF. The show was featured on Shaw Spotlight – Winnipeg. Joyce participated in Reelworld E20 Mentorship Program and Whistler Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship Program, both supporting Skinny Kookoo projects.
Ryan R. Black is a deadly mix of blood Saulteaux (First Nations)/West Indian. He has been working in film, television and theatre industries for 29 years as an Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. He has spent several years working as a teacher/speaker/facilitator in youth and community programs. He is the Associate Producer and the First Assistant Director for the SK Comedy Sketch Show.
Aqqalu Meekis is an ever-deadly Swampy Cree television and film Actor (since 2004). He acted in the television series Cashing In, directed by Norma Bailey (one episode directed by Tracey Deer) and the feature film, Hyena Road, directed by Paul Gross.
Jason Mason is an Oji-Cree kind of deadly Actor/Voice Actor (since 2013). He has acted in the feature film, The First Encounter, directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden (post-production) and an episode of the television series, The Pinkertons, directed by Gary Yates.
Craig Wood is an all around deadly, cool Oji-Cree Actor/Writer.
Aqqalu, Jason and Craig helped co-write the How Native Are You Sketch for the SK Comedy Sketch Show.
“Skinny KooKoo has the ability to take you back into your own kookoo’s kitchen, leaving you full of laughter, wisdom and a hilarious view of life’s lessons that only a “kookoo ” can share”.
-Clifton Flett (Singer/Songwriter, Chris Barker Band)
“Skinny KooKoo is a breath of fresh air! She’s funny and I would be scared to mess around with her. She is the comedy matriarch we’ve been waiting for.”
-Adeline Bird (Afro-Anishinabe Producer, Director, Author)
“Skinny KooKoo is brutally honest and hilarious. She is the embodiment of that one Auntie we all have in our lives. I hope we get to see her own feature film soon!”
– Roger Boyer (Filmmaker)