Career gone nuts

Caution: Aimée Beaudoin’s career is heating up.

Aimée Beaudoin

Caution: Aimée Beaudoin’s career is heating up.

The Central Alberta actress, who was recently seen in an Ignition Theatre production of Dreamland Saturday Nights, is now a co-star of the TV series Caution: May Contain Nuts, which is broadcast across Canada on APTN (the Aboriginal People’s Television Network).

And for creating a wide variety of outlandishly funny characters on the sketch comedy show — from a tarted up “cougar” to an overzealous real estate agent — Beaudoin has been nominated for a 2009 Canadian Comedy Award.

This is an unbelievable career boost for the exuberant blonde, who’s a contender in the same Best Female Performance category as This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedy veterans Cathy Jones and Jeri Hall.

“I jumped out of bed screaming and ran around when I found out,” admitted Beaudoin, who added “this is amazing for my career — for someone just starting out.”

She can’t wait to be flown to New Brunswick for the October award ceremony, which is usually aired on The Comedy Network, “so I can rub elbows with people.” The 25-year-old said she plans to take her supportive mom along for moral support.

While Beaudoin finished high school in Olds and has lately been living in Edmonton, she recently moved back in with her parents in Red Deer to prepare for her upcoming wedding to fellow actor Christoff Lundgren.

Both Beaudoin, who left Red Deer College in 2005 after completing the theatre studies and motion picture arts programs, and Lundgren will be familiar to Ignition Theatre audiences for their dual performances in Dreamland Saturday Nights and Lundgren’s turn in Red Light Winter.

But the actress, whose first name is pronounced the French way, ‘Ah-May,’ is also becoming known to TV audiences across the country for the caustic tart Lorraine, a reoccurring character on Caution: May Contain Nuts.

The chain-smoking woman-on-the make thinks she’s hot but she’s actually repellent, said a laughing Beaudoin, who gets smeared with so much makeup for the role that even her own mother didn’t recognize her.

Beaudoin also plays the alcoholic mom of a lippy son on the show, as well as a real estate woman who tries to solve two “problems” — immigration and global warming — by harnessing recent immigrants to a giant treadmill to power a condominium complex.

“I’m the show’s white, blond girl,” said Beaudoin, who believes Caution: May Contain Nuts derives much of it’s satirical, irreverent humour, reminiscent of Kids in the Hall, from the multicultural cast.

The other actors come from aboriginal, East Indian, Japanese, and Brazilian backgrounds.

More recently, Beaudoin was also “promoted” to be one of the show’s writers — which is a dream come true for the actress, who always hoped to balance her on-camera work with a behind-the-scenes writing career.

As the show’s only female writer, she said she’s had a “blast” clowning around with the boys to create sketches for the series that’s shot in Edmonton and is returning for a 14-episode second season.

Beaudoin recently created two new characters, Daisy and Rose — “They’re two female cops who are sent to interrogate prisoners. They get what they want out of them by using their female wiles,” she explained, with another giggle.

Caution: May Contain Nuts has been airing on APTN on Friday and Saturday nights.

lmichelin@bprda.wpengine.com

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