Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
- Mar 5 - Mar 16, 2019
- $20.00 +HST
TOsketchfest and Crow's Theatre are proud to present
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival at Streetcar Crowsnest
March 7-17, 2019!Crow's is thrilled to bring TOsketchfest, Toronto's longest-running comedy festival, to the East End with a stellar lineup of five marquee comedy events including:and remounts of the hit shows_____________________________Let’s get clinical! Generally Hospital is a comedic show about a serious place: the hospital. Songs about death, hospital rules during The Purge, and finding love in a room filled with farts - we have you covered for an hour of laughter, tears, and other bodily functions.Directed by award-winning comedian Leigh Cameron, this sketch comedy revue lifts the veil that shrouds the hospital and lets the audience in on all the weird, wacky, and bewildering things that happen inside.The idea for Generally Hospital began with Ophira Calof (2018 Tims Sims Award winner) and Grace Smith (Scam Algie, Cereal in a Mason Jar), who met in the Second City Conservatory Program and were shocked by the lack of accessible comedy venues in Toronto. They decided to design a sketch comedy revue with accessibility in mind, and thus Generally Hospital was born.Directed by award-winning comedian Leigh Cameron (Second City Mainstage alum, 32 Short Sketches About Bees - 2017 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick and Second City Award for Outstanding New Comedy), Generally Hospital was written and performed by Ophira Calof, Grace Smith, Alia Rasul (Bad Dog Theatresports), Sabrina Friedman (Only One of us is Jewish), and Devan Islas (Good Judy), with dramaturg Ryan Hughes (Welcome to the Bunker, Trash Pandas) and music director Nicole Byblow (She the People).BUY TICKETS (click on show times below)_____________________________WARNING: Things are about to get EXTRA!
After a sold out run at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in November 'A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza’ back back back again! Extravaganza Eleganza is a queer-forward original sketch comedy revue written and performed by the best queer sketch comedians in Toronto. The show features original songs dancing and YOUR EX!FEATURING:
Tricia Black (She the People, The Sketchersons),
King Chiu (Not Oasis, Second City Diversity Fellowship),
Monica Garrido (2018 Emerging Artist Award: Buddies in Bad Times, Second City Diversity Fellowship),
Tom Hearn (HouseCo, The Sketchersons),
Marshall Lorenzo (PANACEA, The Sketchersons),
Selena Vyle (Crews and Tangos Drag Race Finalist, PANACEA),
Jillian Welsh (TourCo, Cherry Beach).BUY TICKETS (click on show times below)_____________________________The Lusty Mannequins are Ashley Comeau, Alastair Forbes, Karen Parker, and Connor Thompson: the Four Horsemen of the Comedy Apocalypse!*All four are alumni of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto, combining for over 60 years of comedy experience. They have taught and performed the world over, from Bratislava to Barcelona, from London to the Gulf of Mexico (aboard a cruise ship). In 2016 they co-founded the Mama City Improv Festival in Cape Town, helping to create the first ever international improv festival on the African Continent. They have appeared in commercials and TV shows and films and have sung with symphonies and written plays and podcasts, alongside folks like John Cleese, Robin Duke, Martin Short, Colin Mochrie, and the Kids in the Hall.They have gathered many accolades including Canadian Comedy Awards, Dora Award nominations and most recently the ‘Best of the Fest’ from the 2018 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival in March.*Alastair stepped on a bird once, so he would be Death probably.BUY TICKETS (click on show times below)_____________________________Flo & Joan are the multi-award winning British musical comedy duo, and sisters, Nicola and Rosie Dempsey.
Following two consecutive sell-out years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, over 50 million views online, and in the middle of their current UK tour, they take huge pleasure in hauling their dark and waggish, stiletto-sharp songs back to the place where they were first woefully over-indulged, Toronto.The piano/percussion pair have headlined and played to audiences across North America and the UK, winning awards and selections including Chortle’s Best Music and Variety Act 2018, Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best Musical Act 2018, Montreal Sketchfest Best of the Fest Selection 2017 and Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s Now Magazine Audience Choice Award 2017.
Their debut show 'Victory Flaps' was announced as one of the Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2016. Their follow-up show 'The Kindness of Stranglers' was not. Both have been released as albums.
Their third show, 'Alive on Stage', had a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 where it was one of the best reviewed shows of the Festival (British Comedy Guide) and landed them a place in Dave TV’s Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe. They are currently touring 'Alive on Stage' with stops in Toronto, Australia, Norway and Dorking, which is a real town in England.
Their Canadian TV credits include CBC’s flagship comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and they have recorded a set of four videos for CBC Online. Now in the UK they can be seen and heard existing on Rob Delaney’s Stand-Up Central for Comedy Central, Horrible Histories for CBBC online, The Now Show and Fresh From the Fringe for BBC Radio 4, and online where their songs have had over 50 million views to date.
“Musical comedy hasn’t been in such safe hands for years” - Brian Donaldson, The List
“these intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with
laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next” - ★★★★ Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph
“real and brilliant and important” - ★★★★★ Sam Nead, Voice MagBUY TICKETS (click on show times below)_____________________________What is farce? An exaggerated and improbable series of events that serve solely for entertainment. Now take that add a few suggestions from the audience and watch what unfolds. In a new unscripted format seven of Toronto’s best actors and improvisers piece together a 60 minute improvised play based on the traditional farces we love like The Norman Conquests and Noises Off. The Format: Act 1 and Act 2 take place over the same window of time in adjoining rooms of one house with a variety of (you guessed it) entrances and exits.
Winner: "Best of Toronto Fringe" 2018
"Some of the best actors and improvisers in the city make this made-up two-act farce look easy... A huge challenge, requiring ingenuity, imagination and a solid sense of timing. All of which this ensemble has in spades." - Glenn Sumi, Now MagazineCreated by Ruth Goodwin and Liz Johnston, directed by Paolo Santalucia.
Starring: Conor Bradbury (Sex T Rex), Nigel Downer (The Second City Mainstage), Dylan Evans (Soulpepper Theatre), Ruth Goodwin (Private Eyes (Global TV), The Howland Company), Liz Johnson (Bad Dog Theatre) and Connor Low (Bad Dog Theatre).BUY TICKETS (click on show times below)TOsketchfest is presented at Streetcar Crowsnest
as part of the Slaight Family Performance series
SLAIGHT FAMILY PERFORMANCE SERIES