On Thursday, June 23, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival will present a LIVE and IN PERSON the Best of the Fest Award Show, celebrating the best of TOSketchFest22 – Screen Time Edition.
Hosted by 2020 Best of the Fest winner Laura Ramoso, the Best of the Fest Award Show will feature a screening of the nominated work, plus five award presentations on Thursday, June 23 at 7pm at The Fox Theatre. That’s right, we will finally get to watch these hilarious sketch comedy shorts on the big silver screen. Get your tickets today!
Throughout the show, we will announce the winners of the Festival’s five awards: The Outstanding Comedy Short Award presented by CBC, The Producers’ Pick Award, The Audience Choice Awards, and The Best of the Fest Award, presented by Church + State.
2022 NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING COMEDY SHORT
The Outstanding Comedy Short Award, presented by CBC, traditionally honours one standout festival entry from the TOSketchFest Film Festival. The 2022 Award will honour the standout selected work from TOSketchFest22 – Screen Time Edition.
Buys Houses by Kyle Woolven (Belleville)
The housing market is at an all-time high! Need to sell your house? Don’t trust realtors? Looking for some fast cash? Don’t worry, someone or some people or some type of… something has got you covered. Kyle’s beat pumping, image popping, musical banger will tell you all you need to know about the housing crisis.
The Engagement Chicken by Diana Aydin (New York)
“The Engagement Chicken” is a mockumentary that follows Deirdre, a rom-com obsessed romantic, on a quest to find love by cooking a legendary roast chicken recipe—a recipe so good that it’s said to cause men to propose to their girlfriends. The only problem? Deirdre doesn’t have a boyfriend and doesn’t know how to cook chicken. Will she ever find love?
Habib – The First Arab Superhero by Wishful Genies (Toronto)
It’s time for an Arab Superhero in the MCU, with obstacles no hero has faced before. Wishful Genies is composed of Arab comedy duo Rob Michaels and Fady Ghali.
I Don’t Want Him Either by Heather Hawthorn Doyle (New Westminister)
This Comedy/Action micro short “I Don’t Want Him Either” directed by Heather Hawthorn Doyle was filmed in only 2 hours in a volume studio (all LED screens) and features a 360 degree shot in our 3 walled studio.
Mawiiage Story by The Institute Sketch Comedy (Lincoln)
As an homage and parody to praised feature film Marriage Story, a couple engages in a heated debate regarding the well-being of their prized possession: a shared gaming console.
2022 NOMINEES FOR BEST OF THE FEST AWARD
This juried award is the most prestigious accolade at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.
Chelsea Larkin, The Chels Stands Alone (Toronto)
The Chels Stands Alone was Chelsea Larkin’s solo sketch debut at TOSketchfest. You wanted kooky characters? You got it. You wanted parodies? There you go. You wanted music? Sure thing. You want wigs? YOU’RE WELCOME!
Folk Lordz, Lost in the Woods and The Mooch (Edmonton)
Political, absurd, and darkly hilarious, Folk Lordz reflect urban-Indigenous, immigrant, and activist perspectives through the lens of biting satire. Co-created by Todd Houseman & Ben Gorodetsky, Lost in the Woods and The Mooch were features in season 2 of their digital sketch series.
Donny Crosswell, Only A Beer Can (Toronto)
This is a music video for Donny’s hit country music single Only a Beer Can. It is about how much beer rocks. The song was written by Donny, and produced by Oliver Wickham. The video was written and directed by Donny. Evan Leonard provided the beautiful cinematography work and the rest is history.
Potato Potato, ASMR, This Land, Political Sleepover, and Extinctifun (Toronto)
A political sketch revue for the digital age. Combining sketches about politics, social issues and the Climate Crisis, Potato Potato were there to make you laugh at the things that make you angry-cry, with bad impressions of your favourite politicians, annoyingly-catchy songs, and just a touch of lockdown angst.
Scott Paterson, Inside the Actors Cult, 6ix Side Customs, and Beacons of Gondor (Toronto)
Scott Paterson is an Award Winning Director, Producer and Writer. TOsketchfest22 featured three of his award winning shorts with hilarious stories about intense acting classes, when reality shows go wrong, and the adventures of the Rangers of Gondor.
Send Noods, Grocery Boy, Facebook Marketplace Ads (Toronto)
Send Noods is a pan-Asian collective of theatre and musical artists, who abruptly pivoted into sketch comedy with the online show “Orange Chicken” at the 2021 Toronto Fringe Festival. TOsketchfest22 featured their epic silent film about a weak boy’s desperate efforts to carry too many bags of groceries, and their series of TV ads for the absurd secondhand items that people try to sell you on Facebook Marketplace.
THE BEST OF THE FEST AWARDS SHOW
Thursday, June 23, 2022 – 7PM
The Fox Theatre – 2236 Queen Street East
Tickets: $20 (+HST and fees)