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Sinking Ship Entertainment Partners with Comedian and Producer Samantha Bee on New Kids Sketch Comedy Series, Best Day Ever
Toronto, Canada (September 29th, 2022) – Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment (SSE) announced today that it has partnered with Swimsuit Competition, the production company led by Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) and Kristen Everman, on Best Day Ever, a new children’s sketch comedy series created by Emmy Award-winning producer, director, writer Allana Harkin. The team will be taking the project to MIPCOM 2022.
Best Day Ever is a kids sketch show that proves that kids are not only hilarious but also run the world – in our world anyway. What sets Best Day Ever apart is that it follows a style more similar to premium adult-driven sketch shows like I Think You Should Leave and Key and Peele. Best Day Ever will be single camera, ensemble-driven with adult characters only in supporting roles.
“With Best Day Ever, we are striving to make a dynamic sketch comedy series that brings kids joy, sparks their curiosity and most importantly makes them laugh,” said J.J. Johnson, Partner/Executive Producer at Sinking Ship Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to partner with Allana, Samantha, and Kristen, hilarious and talented women who were once hilarious and talented kids.”
"Eleven year old Samantha Bee just blushed so hard she fell off her banana seat bike," said Samantha Bee. “Also, she would have killed for a show like this.”
“Anyone know my locker combination?” asked Allana Harkin.
Best Day Ever creator Allana Harkin is an Emmy Award winning producer, director and actor, known for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Sinking Ship Entertainment’s Dino Dan. Swimsuit Competition is helmed by Samantha Bee and Kristen Everman. Samantha Bee has received global recognition and multiple Emmy Awards from the success of her weekly late night comedy series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which offered a unique satirical take on weekly news and explored other important stories in-depth that have been largely overlooked by more traditional media outlets. Kristen Everman, the two-time Emmy nominated producer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner serves as Head of Development at Swimsuit Competition. Since its founding in 2004, Sinking Ship has won 24 Daytime Emmy® awards, including series wins for Ghostwriter (Apple TV+), Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Nickelodeon), Odd Squad (PBS KIDS, TVOkids), and Giver (ION) and was named the Most Innovative Producer at the 2021 Banff World Media Festival.
Allana Harkin is an Emmy Award Winning producer, director and writer who has garnered 10 Emmy nominations and 2 Producer Guild nominations for her work on seven seasons TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Allana has directed Sigourney Weaver, Allison Janney, Mark Hamill, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Smits, Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Matthew Broderick, Steve Buscemi and many more. She co-directed the Emmy-nominated special The Great American Puerto Rico and wrote and directed the award-winning short film The Godmother which played at festivals across North America and premiered on TNT. As a performer Allana was the first correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and for 7 seasons interviewed hundreds of people across the country. She also starred in Sinking Ship Entertainment’s award-winning series Dino Dan and Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures. She started her comedy career as a writer, performer and founding member of the acclaimed Canadian Comedy Nominated Toronto sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs. As well as starring in numerous television shows and movies she has written for TBS, TNT, PBS, Nick Jr, CBC and CTV.
She first met the team from Sinking Ship Entertainment when they graduated from film school and they filmed a sketch for The Atomic Fireballs (also featuring Sam Bee). Decades later Allana is delighted to bring together this trifecta of fun for a new show featuring the most hilarious people out there - kids.
“There’s always going to be doom and gloom, but Harkin gives the impression that laughing at that darkness not only helps keep you sane, but helps you fight back” - Bustle
Swimsuit Competition is helmed by Samantha Bee and Kristen Everman. Emmy Award-winning host Samantha Bee received global recognition from the success of her weekly late night comedy series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which was nominated for 70 awards and ran for seven seasons on TBS. Samantha Bee has personally been nominated for 18 Emmy awards, winning for both writing and executive producing the longest running satirical late-night show hosted by a woman. Kristen Everman, the two-time Emmy nominated producer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, The Rundown with Robin Thede, Difficult People, Odd Mom Out, and The Daily Show serves as Head of Development at Swimsuit Competition. Bee and Everman create original content they find amusing and would definitely spend a weekend binge-watching. They partner with innovative creators on subjects generally flying under the radar.
Sinking Ship Entertainment
Named as the number one Kids’ Entertainment Production Company on Kidscreen’s Hot50 list in 2020, Sinking Ship Entertainment is a globally renowned and industry leading Production, Distribution, VFX and Interactive studio specializing in children’s and family content. Since its founding in 2004, Sinking Ship has won 24 Daytime Emmy® awards, including series wins for Ghostwriter (Apple TV+), Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Nickelodeon), Odd Squad (PBS KIDS), and Giver (ION) and was named the Most Innovative Producer at the 2021 Banff World Media Festival. With a global reputation for quality, ground breaking original series and companion interactive experiences, Sinking Ship has produced more than 24 series and distributed to more than 200 countries across the world. Upcoming projects include the company’s first fully 3D animated series Builder Brothers’ Dream Factory, in partnership with Scott Brothers Entertainment and the highly anticipated series, Jane, co-produced with the Jane Goodall Institute.