Stars of Letterkenny spin-off Shoresy opens

Tasya Teles and Harlan Blayne Kytwayat talk about the hockey comedy and how they mastered the dialogue.

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Shoresy, the foul-mouthed favorite character from Letterkenny, now has his own show, aptly titled Shoresy. And we finally get to see his face.

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The hockey comedy revolves around Shoresy as he joins the struggling Sudbury Bulldogs, a Triple A-level team in the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization (The NOSHO). Jared Keeso, who created both Letterkenny and Shoresy, stars in the title role.

All six episodes are now streaming on Crave. Tasya Teles, who plays general manager Nat, and Harlan Blayne Kytwayat, who plays Shoresy’s friend and fellow Bulldogs player Sanguinet, spoke about the show.

Q: Did you have any expectations about the performance of the show?

Kytwayat: Honestly, I expected it to be like Letterkenny 2.0.

Teles: I think I just approached it out of curiosity. I remember observing in awe the first brief time how well the cast and crew unit functioned.

Q: What have you done to prepare for it?

Kytwayat: It was just a lot of watching the Letterkenny and Shoresy scenes and the Best of Shoresy compilation on YouTube.

Teles: And familiarize yourself with that tone as well. I watched Letterkenny non-stop as I prepared for the part of Nat in Vancouver. And when I needed time to focus without the audio, I’d just let the show play, just to understand how the recordings came — the quick dialogue and edits and stuff like that. But when we got to the set, it was a whole different thing getting into the culture of the characters, being in Sudbury, Ontario and figuring out how to carry the tone of the show.

Tasya Teles as Nat in Shoresy.
Tasya Teles as Nat in Shoresy. Photo by BellMedia

Q: Letterkenny is known for his dialogues. How did you get to grips with it?

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Kytwayat: As a Letterkenny fan, it was funny and fun at the beginning – like, “I can’t believe I’m saying this” – but there were a few tongue twisters and you have to say the line fast, like, 15 words in one sentence.

Teles: It’s so spicy though. I like the challenge of trying to wrap your mind and mouth around all that dialogue. And Jared puts on all this great verbal stuff like alliteration and where to hit T’s and pop P’s.

Q: Did you spend a lot of time filming on the ice and in the arena?

Kytwayat: From what I remember the first two and a half weeks, we were in the arena. A lot of it was on the ice, and it was cool to see all those ex-pros and Keeso in action like that.

Teles: While we were there we went to a few Sudbury Wolves games. It was really great to get together as a cast. We let the hockey players talk about hockey while watching a hockey game.

Q: Were there any injuries?

Kytwayat: There were no injuries on the ice, but I ended up in the hospital from a fight scene. I was just picked up and released in the wrong direction. I lost my footing, fell on the cement with my ass and bruised my tailbone for a few days.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Shoresy is now streaming on Crave.

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