Mark Leiren-Young "Canada's go to guy for dolphins, whales and trees" (The National Post) and Kevin Crofton ("Canada's funniest guitar God," Mark Leiren-Young) shine their environmentally friendly satirical spotlight on the issues plaguing our planet.
"Canada's masters of social and political satire," Local Anxiety were one of the top comedy acts on the much-mourned MP3.com -- at one point owning ten of the top forty spots on the political satire charts.
Their song, Tree Farm, is featured in the award-winning movie, The Green Chain (www.thegreenchain.com) -- which was written and directed by half of the Anxious duo, Mark Leiren-Young. Their song,. Green Guilt Blues, is featured on the award-winning comedy short film, The Green Film.
Their hour-long TV special Greenpieces: An Eco-Comedy won rave reviews when it debuted on VTV in Canada and was featured on Canada's "Green Channel." Shot live at the Vancouver International Folk Festival, Greenpieces featured special guest appearances by such environmental icons as Dr. David Suzuki and received an EarthVision award from PBS for, "excellence in environmental film-making."
Other featured TV appearances include CBC TV's Sketchcom, the Jim Byrnes Show and multiple appearances on Canada's number one morning show -- Canada AM.
They've received awards for their work with National Public Radio in the U.S, they had numerous commissions from CBC Radio in Canada and NPR and have also been heard on Dr. Demento.
Their song, Hockey Nut in Nashville is featured on the CD, Hockey's Greatest Hits, Volume 1.
They've headlined at most major comedy festivals across Canada and have played major theatres across Canada. Their annual "Year in Revue" was a Vancouver tradition.
“Canada’s go to guy for dolphins, whales and trees” (The National Post) Mark is, “one of Canada’s greenest writers.” (The Beach) His award-winning film, The Green Chain, (which he wrote, directed and produced) is playing on TMN and Movie Central. His new book -- The Green Chain -- Nothing is Ever Clear Cut was just released by Heritage House. The book collects some of his best interviews dealing with forestry issues and the environment from his Green Chain podcast series for Canada’s top on-line -- The Tyee. Here’s the series on iTunes. His gold medal-winning short eco-comedy film, The Green Film is playing festivals around the world. His new eco-comedy CD -- Greenpieces -- featuring award-winning comedy duo, Local Anxiety, is being released in December.
Mark was the recipient of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his best-selling comic memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen -- Adventures of a Rookie Reporter.
An award-winning journalist, Mark has written for such publications as Time Magazine, Maclean’s and The Utne Reader and he’s a regular contributor to The Georgia Straight and The Tyee.
Kevin Crofton has been featured in such TV series and feature films as Masters of Horror (Jennifer), Point Blank, Killer Instinct, Twist of Faith and he had a recurring role in The New Addams Family. He's worked on a wide variety of independent video projects and has been extremely active in live theatre as a director and actor near his home in Gibsons, B.C. Kevin performs his original music with his trio at venues throughout B.C. He is presently working on a new CD.