Anishinaabe comedian’s 10-part series premieres on CTV Comedy Channel
A long-time, well-respected and established comedian, Tom McGrath, has been tapped to take the helm of CTV Comedy Channel’s upcoming new sitcom, The Rivalry. The comedian’s 10-part series debuts this coming February 13.
Tom McGrath (photo by Sean McGarry)
McGrath’s career spans a couple decades, and is an important piece of the history of the Toronto comedy scene. He hosted various late-night comedy segments on CTV, WXYT and WRR, and is an accomplished stand-up comedian as well.
The Rivalry’s premise is a true, no-holds-barred love story that begins when a young couple (a guy, and a girl) are just getting their first taste of dating when an older “friend” of the girl’s father (a real-life baseball legend who was his pitching partner) arrives with a proposal.
The original premise was developed by the creators of the Canadian version of the US sitcom Friends — Tom and his wife, Erin, began a production company, CTV Comedy, with friends, including Joe Moran, who created and stars in the CBS show, How I Met Your Dad.
Tom McGrath’s wife, Erin
McGrath, who wrote and directed the acclaimed comedy One Day of Summer, came to Toronto with his family to attend the city’s best comedy clubs while still in high school, including The Button Factory and the Comedy Cellar where he was a regular, and the Comedy Cellar in Markham. He also made several guest appearances at various comedy clubs of Toronto during his time in the city, including the The Comedy Cellar in Woodbine and The Button Factory in Richmond Hill.
McGrath started a production company with his friend Joe Moran in 1995, creating the Toronto version