Matt comes from humble beginnings. He never really had much in the way of possessions as a child aside from his treasured, prize winning Chinchilla, Carlos. They were inseparable. One day while the two were out for a walk, Carlos was snatched right out of Matt’s arms by a none-too-discerning Peregrine Falcon. Matt attempted to hide the pain of this loss by setting a number of records: He caught 14 pigeons in 30 minutes (the secret is bacon grease), performed an engine swap on a 1976 Dodge Charger with only half a bottle of mouth wash, 2 rubber bands, and an un-assembled IKEA bookshelf . He even once listened to an entire Air Supply album without stopping (the secret is bacon grease). Eventually, Matt found nothing could fill the void that Carlos had left, so he went on a quest into the jungles of Bolivia where he befriended a curious monkey and began writing a series of books about his adventures with Furious George. One day, while the two were out for a walk, George was snatched right out Matt’s arms by a none-too-discerning bike messenger. Matt fell to the ground, a broken man, having lost everything for a second time. As he cried into his hands, he felt a furry tail brush against his neck…could it be? Was Furious back? No, George was gone. This monkey was different, smarter, kinder, less anger ridden. He introduced himself as RU1 and he gave Matt a purpose.
Representing the Aussie’s here in Vancouver Melanie was recruited by RU1 himself in the great Australian outback. He decided to track her down after hearing of her unmatched aerial acrobatic skills, after all he was in search of a vine swinging partner on Saturdays.
What started out as a good old fashioned road trip for Mel ended with an unexpected and persistent monkey continually short sheeting the swag, swapping the sugar for salt and many an instance of RU1 posing as a drop bear for the fun of it. Australia, having tried so hard in the past to thwart such notions of ‘drop bears’ could not risk a national crisis should the public even suspected drop bears could be real. Alas Mel had to succumb to the outlandish recruitment methods of RU1 and serve her country in the only way an Actress can.
Madison DeWalt is a collaborator in multiple disciplines with a focus on experimental theatre. She is in the performance degree honours program at Simon Fraser University and a lead singer in the theatrical circus extravaganza The Vaudeville Vagabonds, performing shows regularly in Vancouver and abroad. She met RU1 on a soul searching trip Egypt. She stumbled accross the monkey attempting to decipher hieroglyphics in a pharohs tomb and wanted to learn his puzzle solving ways. She loves to get silly and help Smartypantz guests have an immersive experience that they will never forget!
Mary Galloway is an actress, writer and a professional backwards-alphabet speaker. Mary has been speaking the alphabet backwards since 2010 when she went through rigorous training at the RU1 backwards-alphabet speaking headquarters. RU1 has also started training Mary to speak Monkey, which has proven to be much more challenging than learning the alphabet backwards. Side note: RU1 and Yogi (Mary’s pet chihuahua pug) have fallen in love and are set to be married!
Mily is a actor/clown/writer/scientist shapeshifter who loves comic books and hates bananas. Mily met RU1 while working in a neuroscience lab in her home town of Victoria; she was an undergraduate researcher, he was a test subject. After becoming fast friends she set him free to much criticism from her supervisors.
Chris grew up in trees. Whenever he could find one he would climb it. It was in such a tree that he met RU1. I believe it was a Larch. They built themselves a tree house and would meet there to play Dungeons and Dragons and watch Monty Python while eating smart pop and drinking mountain dew; when RU1 wasn’t off gallivanting around the world. They maintained this routine of interaction, keeping their adventures to themselves in their tree house until one day RU1 returned with a new idea. We could create a place where we get to play games with people as our jobs! No more hiding out in our tree fort in my Grammas backyard! We were going to head downtown to Gastown! Now Chris is helping to wrangle the clowns that RU1 has rounded up for this venture as the assistant to the clown whisperer.