A photograph of Darrell Faria as Chai-T performing at Rapp Battlez at TOsketchfest in 2019.

TOsketchfest23 First Lineup Announcement

Your annual comedy party is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! From March 8-19, 2023 we will populate Bloordale to Beaconsfield with the best sketch comedy at Comedy Bar Bloor and The Theatre Centre. Single tickets and festival passes are on sale now!

We can’t wait to present 60+ sketch comedy troupes from across North America to you in 50 showcases including Toronto’s own high-energy spectacle Rapp Battlez, a kaleidoscope of colourful sketches in Ajahnis Charley: America’s Most Wanted (Just For Laughs New Faces Canada 2022), the critically acclaimed Don Valley Girls (Toronto Fringe Partons’ Pick 2022), the visually-immersive experience of Late Time With Banzo and Blair (CBC’s Tallboyz), and a bit of music, truth, and most of all heart from Chelsea Larkin: Now With More Chelsea! (2022 Comedy Bar and Second City Award For Outstanding Comedy: Solo).

2023 Lineup grid

Image Description: Photo grid with TOsketchfest23 artists Ajahnis Charley, Big Chick Energy, Hillary Yaas, Banzo and Blair, Gay for Pay with Blake and Clay, Chelsea Larkin, Not Oasis, and Acuña Acuna.

This year you will enjoy a remarkable mashup of contemporary sketch comedy, drag, storytelling, musical comedy, and clown – all performed by unforgettable ensembles and spectacular solo acts. Additional Festival highlights include: Not Oasis, Jon Blair, Tom Hearn’s She’s So Hunni, Anesti Danelis, Hillary Yaas, Isaac Kessler’s 1-MAN NO-SHOW, Big Chick Energy, Emily Richardson, and Gay For Pay with Blake and Clay.

But wait – maybe you want to see one, two, or a dozen shows at TOsketchfest? Don’t worry – we also have a limited number of passes for just $99! 

Button: Buy your Festival Pass


The TOsketchfest23 line-up currently includes:

“The” Sketch Show
$20 Sandwich
1-MAN NO-SHOW (Isaac Kessler)
Acuña Acuna (Washington, DC)
Ajahnis Charley: America’s Most Wanted
Amanda Xeller (New York)
Anders Yates
Anesti Danelis
Bear With Me (MK Morris)
Big Chick Energy Sketch Show
Birbs of Paradise
Birdie (Lesley Robertson)
Boy Girl Party Live!
Cam Wyllie
Carson & Taylor Promise to Read Your Mind
Chelsea Larkin: Now With More Chelsea!
Crunchy Tigers Comedy
Dinner for One Presents…(New York)
Don Valley Girls
Emily Richardson & Others
Erica Gellert Seeks Approval
Gay For Pay with Blake & Clay
Gillian Bartolucci
Girl Brain
Good News Toronto
Hillary Yaas
Incredible Presentation
It’s a Numbers Game!
Joan and Raft: Trans Points (Los Angeles)
Jon Blair
Joy Provision present the Stupendous Bannoch and Clack
Ladies & Gentlemen International
Late Time With Banzo and Blair: Live Script Read
Maple Daddies (Seattle)
Marc and Xave: Song Engineers
Margarita Brighton
Messy Productions Presents
Mom’s Girls (Newfoundland)
The Nitro Girls (New York)
Not Oasis Presents
OBSESSED (Ryan Sheedy)
Oops I Booked A Solo Show (Gordon Neill)
Pointless Appliance (New York)
Potato Potato
Rapp Battlez
She’s so Hunni (Tom Hearn)
Side Salad (Montreal)
Smooth Comedy
Snakes Are Cool – Abridged (Jake Martin, Fredericton)
Summer Dad
Thunderstood (North Carolina)
Uncle Mothers
The Understudies
Vest of Friends
Welcome to Belleville (Belleville)
West 2 West
Who Brought Cheap Wine?

See the full lineup here!

More exciting announcements are to come including the brand new Curator Program, the lineup for the 6th annual TOsketchfest Film Festival, the Learning and Fun Professional Development program and more!