The Story Of
Backpack Picnic


ackpack Picnic was a comedy troupe/flower that evolved/blossomed from the creative minds/plants that fester/sprout in the brains/humus of Mitch Baker, David Bewley, Jeremy Sweetlamb, Shannon McCormick, and of course me, René Pinnell. Backpack Picnic has been compared to Kids in The Hall, Monty Python, and most recently, flowering plants.

e produced 36 webisodes, several TV pilots, & performed live shows across the country. Highlight was definitely performing with Bob Odenkirk & Bill Hader at the Just for Laugh's Comedy Festival in Montreal. I directed & produced Backpack Picnic while Mitch did all the writing.


The story of
Fort Ricky

  1. January 4th, 2008

    Our good friend Wayne Alan Brenner at the Chronicle put us in his top 10 favorite art events of 2007. He says, "these slices of gonzo marzipan are a perfect snack for the hyperintelligent and ultrasilly."

  2. January 12th, 2008

    The Austin Chronicle bestows a Best of Austin '07 award to Backpack Picnic. "Somewhere between dry satire and slapstick comedy is where Backpack Picnic's humor lands, verging on the merely surreal but still enough to make you laugh out loud."

The story of
live shows


  1. July 23rd, 2007

    Backpack Picnic is featured on KUT's Arts Eclectic. Here's the audio interview.

  2. December 2nd, 2007

    Backpack Picnic featured in The New York Times.

  3. November 24th, 2007

    Backpack Picnic is honored to have won the award for Best Sketch Comedy Troupe, as bestowed upon them by their peers in the Austin Improv Collective.

  4. September 20th, 2007

    Backpack Picnic is interviewed by The Onion just before our Out of Bound showcase.

Backpack Picnic: Season 02

Season 02 credits

Backpack Picnic: Season 01

Season 01 credits

The story of
DVD extras


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