Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Early Modern Studies and History, 2010
You can strike up a conversation with someone in the quad in a way you can’t anywhere else in the world without being considered a weirdo talking to a stranger.
“King’s is the best place to go and be a weirdo" says Evany Rosen. As a standup comic, actor, writer and early member of the Halifax-based comedy group “Picnicface,” perhaps she may be more authoritative on the subject than average. “You can strike up a conversation with someone in the quad in a way you can’t anywhere else in the world without being considered a weirdo talking to a stranger,” she says.
Rosen attained internet fame along with other members of “Picnicface” (a Halifax-based improv-comedy troupe) when their video, “Powerthirst,” went viral on YouTube, receiving millions of views. Online popularity launched the group from “the Pit” (a King’s theatre venue) into a Comedy Network series, a Harper Collins book deal (Picnicface’s Canada), and a 2011 feature film,“Roller Town.” Evany has gone on to write for shows such as “This Hour has 22 minutes,” and has appeared in person at the “Just for Laughs” festival in Montréal, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Fest, and in various TV performances. Rosen also won a National Screen Institute award for “Pawnshop,” a film she wrote in 2010.
The balance Evany struck between developing a comedic career and earning a King’s Early Modern Philosophy BA played to Kings strength in smallness. "King's was great about giving me second chances, and a little leeway and making it possible for me to do what I did and graduate with an honours degree.” With passions for both career and school, she says, “King’s has never asked me to choose.”
* With lines from Vincenzo Ravina (BJH '10). Read and earlier article about Evany by Vincezo in the summer 2010 edition of Tidings.
Posted: Apr. 2016