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The Trailer Park Boys feature Cheap Smokes

By John Tapley, Ingersoll Times

Thamesford native and IDCI graduate Laura Danowski, left, and Kaitlin Loftus from Pembroke play Julian's girlfriends in the first two episodes of the new season of The Trailer Park Boys. Released on Netflix on Monday, March 28, the 10th season of The Trailer Park Boys will be available in 192 countries and feature appearances by Tom Arnold and Snoop Dog. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Thamesford native and IDCI graduate Laura Danowski, left, and Kaitlin Loftus from Pembroke play Julian's girlfriends in the first two episodes of the new season of The Trailer Park Boys. Released on Netflix on Monday, March 28, the 10th season of The Trailer Park Boys will be available in 192 countries and feature appearances by Tom Arnold and Snoop Dog. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Cheap Smokes will light up the small screen this week.

The comedy duo – including Thamesford native and IDCI graduate Laura Danowski and Kaitlin Loftus from Pembroke - play Julian's girlfriends in the first two episodes of the new season of The Trailer Park Boys.

Released on Netflix on Monday, March 28, the 10th season of The Trailer Park Boys will be available in 192 countries and feature appearances by Tom Arnold and Snoop Dog.

“They're great guys,” said Danowski, 29, about The Trailer Park Boys' cast during a telephone interview from Los Angeles where she and Loftus, 30, are based. “We were working with our heroes.”

The road to the fictional Sunnyvale trailer park started at Humber College in Toronto where Danowski and Loftus met in the comedy program.

After college, Danowski and Loftus formed a sketch troupe and performed in Toronto for five years where Danowski said they learned a lot by watching older comedians.

It was during a show at the Rivoli in Toronto featuring all new Cheap Smokes material and while Danowski was recovering from a broken leg that things took a major turn.

By chance, Charlie Day – a comedian, actor and musician who has starred in several well known film franchises including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – was in the audience that night.

Meeting up with Danowski and Loftus after their show, Day told them that if they wanted to succeed in the business they should think about relocating to New York or Los Angeles.

“We thought, 'You know what? If Charlie Day told us to do that, we probably should,'” said Danowski.

After saving for a year, the women packed up their belongings and drove to Los Angeles.

Danowski's uncle took them in for about a week and the women also stayed with friends.

“We were homeless for about a month,” Danowski said.

They found an apartment in the Korea Town neighbourhood of Los Angeles and began performing on stand up comedy stages in the city including at high profile clubs like The Comedy Store, Ice House and Flappers.

“Making fun of our lives is a very big part of our material,” said Danowski, explaining that they often improvise on stage.

At the same time, they were creating comedy videos, which they posted on the Internet.

It was those videos that eventually caught the attention of someone on The Trailer Park Boys' staff. Contacting Danowski and Loftus, they asked if the women would be interested in creating content for The Trailer Park Boys' subscription based Internet channel Swearnet and they jumped at the opportunity.

Later, Danowski and Loftus met up with the cast of The Trailer Park Boys when they performed in Los Angeles while on tour.

Seeing John Paul Tremblay (Julian), Danowski said she walked over to him and he called Mike Smith (Bubbles) and Robb Wells (Ricky) over.

“It was almost like they were more excited to meet us,” said Danowski.

She said she and Loftus hung out with them on their tour bus until the wee hours of the morning.

“We didn't hear from them for a month, then we got a call while we were driving to San Francisco. The boys had written us into season 10,” Danowski said.

She and Loftus travelled to a trailer park in Nova Scotia, where The Trailer Park Boys film.

“It was the coolest thing ever,” said Danowski about the week-long experience on set. “They're the nicest people to work for.”

She said it was “really scary” acting in front of the camera at first, but felt more at ease as she went along.

Season 11 of The Trailer Park Boys is being written and Danowski said she and Loftus haven't heard anything, but are hoping their characters will be brought back.

For now, Danowski and Loftus are performing live shows and will be heading to Halifax in April to create new content for Swearnet.

Their long term goal is to have their own sketch comedy show on television.

“It's all kind of coming together,” said Danowski. “It's been a roller coaster. We work so hard at our careers and finally things are happening.”