Mump & Smoot, also referred to as clowns of horror, inhabit a parallel universe called Ummo, worship a god named Ummo and speak their own brand of gibberish, Ummonian. Together they turn every convention about clowns upside down in a series of darkly humorous shows that range from the zany to the macabre. Not For Children!
The comic creations of Michael Kennard and John Turner, Mump & Smoot have been a hit from coast to coast performing to sold-out houses at every festival they play. They have also had successful runs at many major regional theatres including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven where they have been Associate Artists for the past six years, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Center Stage in Baltimore, the Dallas Theater Center, Alberta Theatre Project in Calgary, and at the Canadian Stage Berkeley Street in Toronto. Mump & Smoot have also appeared Off-Broadway at the Astor Place Theater in New York, and at the Palestinian National Theatre and the Acco Theatre Festival in Israel.
This dynamic duo won two Dora Mavor Moore awards in June 2003 - one for Outstanding Production (Mump & Smoot in Flux) and another to Karen Hines for Direction. They were also nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Comedic Play (Mump & Smoot in Flux) and are past recipients of a Canadian Comedy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Comedic Play. They have also won the Outstanding Small Visiting Company Award at the Boston Theater Awards and have appeared in the Genie-Award winning film The Fairy Who Didn't Want To Be A Fairy Anymore as well as their own Canadian Film Centre short The Princess Who Wouldn't Smile. Mump & Smoot were the subject of a featured documentary on CBC's Adrienne Clarkson Presents.