Since 1997, The Cowards unique, high-energy blend of music and sketch have earned them a reputation as a tight, intelligent and hilarious act that never panders to its audience. They have been featured on CBC Radio, the Doctor Demento Show, Global, and Fox Television.
Both Mark J. Richardson (Dieppe, The Seduction of Mary Day) and Dave Pearce (Co-Ed Prison Sluts, Undercover Brother) have earned accolades for their separate careers. Richardson, classically trained in England, earned a screenwriting award at the Telluride Indie Festival in 1999. Pearce, who is an instructor at Second City Toronto, has been nominated for a Comedy Award for the second straight year along with his improv troupe Slap Happy. However, it is as a partnership that they have achieved their greatest success.
The duo's 1999 debut CD, A Condition of Our Parole, was a big hit across North America. Their subsequent 2000 tour with the live show of the same name sold out regularly at the Winnipeg Fringe and earned rave reviews from the Winnipeg and Orlando media: "big laughs" (Winnipeg Sun); "a rapid-fire hour of hilarious song and sketch comedy" (Winnipeg Free Press); "Smart and funny." (CBC Radio); "Way too funny to rehabilitate" (Archikulture Digest, Orlando).
In 2001, Pearce and Richardson followed up their success with their tour of SPANDEX! The show was chosen one of the top ten pieces at the Winnipeg Fringe, and sold out 90 per cent of their houses in Edmonton. Critics continued their raves: "tighter than their pants" (CBC Radio); "The Cowards are side-splittingly hilarious" (Winnipeg Sun); "a must see for Fringe fans yearning to laugh out loud" (See Magazine, Edmonton); "deadly funny" (Archikulture Digest). The support of fans strewn in their wake earned them a 2002 Comedy Award nomination for best live show, in addition to best sketch troupe.
For 2002, look for the continued growth of Cowards Omnimedia into a global juggernaut of comedyÉstarting with appearances in Montreal, Thunder Bay, Edmonton, Seattle, San Francisco and New York.