The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of The Sketch Comedy Project Fund. This year five projects were awarded funding, each representing an important “next step” in the careers of their participants. The Sketch Comedy Project Fund is made possible through the generous support of The Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts.
2019 SCPF RECIPIENT PROJECTS:
Hackett and Langdon – The Album
Hackett & Langdon – The Album is a live sketch comedy album written and performed by Brandon Hackett (The Second City, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Sketchersons) and Jonathan Langdon (No Tomorrow, Tallboyz, The Sketchersons). The album would be a document of their newest work, and a culmination of the ten-plus years that they have been doing comedy.
Don Valley Girls Sketch Revue
The Don Valley Girls is a new Toronto sketch troupe made up of five emerging artists: Cihang Ma, Fateema Miller, Rabiya Mansoor, Surer Qaly Deria, and Tia McGregor. The show, set to debut in Spring 2020, will feature 60 minutes of sketches and musical numbers from the perspective of five millennial women – the Don Valley Girls – just trying to get by in the big smoke.
Not Oasis Pilot Pitch Project
Not Oasis will work to develop a pilot pitch package for a narrative sketch comedy TV show for a broadcaster. Staying true to their quintessentially Canadian roots, they will work to develop a television show with guidance from a mentor from within the Canadian comedy community.
Lady Mary and the Marquis van Shyzer’s Debut Studio Album
Lady Mary and the Marquis van Shyzer will embark on a project to translate their infectious live act into a classic comedy album – a studio recording featuring a selection of their monologues and most popular offbeat songs to date.
Dead Parents Society: A Sketch Comedy Revue
Dead Parents Society is a 60-minute sketch comedy revue, written and performed by this ensemble of Toronto’s best sketch comedians, and directed by Kirsten Rasmussen (A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza). Dead Parents Society ran two sold out shows November 1 and 2, 2019 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
2020 Sketch Comedy Project Fund
The 2020 Sketch Comedy Project Fund opens once again in February 2020. If you’ve got an ensemble-based comedy project that represents the next step in your collective careers, consider making an application!
Program criteria, objectives and outline can be found here.