DELIVERY - a documenary about life, death and stand-up comedy.
Delivery is a hilarious and heartwarming journey into the world of stand-up comedy, told from the perspective of Mark Myers, an anxious expectant father. The film follows Mark and three friends as they prepare to attempt stand-up for the first time, amid the chaos of their personal lives. The four take comedy classes, crash Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, interview world renowned comedians, and spend sleepless nights penning punch lines in the hope that they don't fall flat on their face. But what begins as an examination of the art and craft of stand-up, quickly becomes a story about life, loss, hope and regret - as the four men discover more about themselves, and the people around them, than they ever could have expected.
For years Mark had the idea of a documentary that involved a group of friends trying stand-up for the first time; however, it wasn’t until his impending fatherhood and the timeline of his wife’s due date that set the wheels in motion.
The goal was to make a hilarious and heartwarming documentary following a group of comedically untested friends as they write material, take comedy classes, and interview world-renowned comedians in the hope that they don’t fall flat on their face… before the baby arrived.
So with only two months before his wife was expected to give birth, Mark and co-producer Shane Cunningham started rolling the camera and turned it on themselves, documenting the process of making a film.
They reached out to a few friends to join them on this quest, but found willing participants hard to find due to their fear of public speaking, and fear of not being funny (in addition to the time commitment).
Shane then called an old friend, literally. He called Bert, who is a 71 year old Dutch man that claims to have “done everything that you possibly could do” – so when asked whether he had ever thought about doing stand up, he simply said “Yeah”, and he was in.
Next they reached out to Sean, a highschool friend of Shane, who had a history of being a class clown. It was during this phone call that the film took an unexpected turn. While asking if Sean wanted to be involved in this project, Sean explained that he just found out that his father was dying of cancer and had only months to live.
Mark Myers (Writer/Director/Producer/Editor)
Mark is an award winning writer/producer currently working for Bell Media Agency in Toronto, Canada. He has directed music videos and promos for artists such as Fun., Lorde, The Arkells, Lights, The Midway State, Rebel Emergency, Serena Ryder, and Sam Smith, as well as clients such as Shell, Koodo, and Pepsi. Mark is the recent recipient of a gold PromaxBDA award, as well as a Gemini nomination for Best Reality Series (DisBand). For the past year, Mark and co-producer Shane Cunningham, have been working on Delivery – their first feature-length documentary.
Shane Cunningham (Producer)
Shane is also an award winning writer/producer, having recently won a gold PromaxBDA for his Pretty Little Liars cast promo. As Shane’s Michael J. Fox “Teen Wolf” tattoo might suggest, he combines cool with comedy, where he follows a strict lifestyle of never being too serious. Together with Mark, they have created Shane&Mark Productions, and the pair have work on a number of promos and music videos together, as well as this feature film.
Sean Menard (Executive Producer)
After attending film school, Sean embarked on a career in television and has since become a national television producer for the past four years. He is the Executive Producer on Delivery, which is Sean’s first feature length film project. Sean also has his own production company where he has made multiple sports documentaries. His work has been showcased on ESPN, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, MLB Netowrk, NHL Network, and SI.com
Bert Van Lierop (the 71 year old Dutch man)
Bert is a one-of-a-kind and has a full and accomplished life that is difficult to sum up... but here is a taste: BERT
Ryan Sisnett (Director of Photography)
Ryan is also an accomplished director and editor, creating music videos under the alias “Sinsinnatti”. He has also shot two short documentaries for the City Life film project, as well as major events/concerts such as Z103’s Summer Rush, and MuchMusic’s MMVAs. Ryan currently traveling the world, working for Free The Children.