A vintage TV broadcasting an image of Darrell Faria wearing a TOsketchfest “Rudy” toque with the title Shoot-at-home Production Kit With Darrell Faria

Shoot-At-Home Production Kit workshop with Darrell Faria – Mar 27 – 3pm

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    TOsketchfest shows are created for an adult audience. Content may include some dirty language, suggested sexual content, suggested mild drug use and/or adult themes. Some material may not be appropriate for audience members under 18. Parental discretion is advised.

Calling all sketch comedians in the GTHA! Do you have hilarious content in these not-so hilarious times LOL (but LOL?). Then the TOsketchfest Shoot-At-Home Production Kit is for you! We’ve brought on comedy director Darrell Faria (Dir. Bit Playas, Tallboyz, etc.) to create a series of digital shorts using our shiny new TOsketchfest Shoot-At-Home Production Kit, which is a camera/lighting/sound essentials set that we created with the intention of loaning out to you, the Toronto comedy community, to make your own digital films!

This workshop will begin with a screening of one of the digital shorts Darrell made with the Shoot-At-Home Production Kit. He’ll then walk you through his process, in detail, from-concept-to-production-to-post and provide a useful take-away document for when it’s your turn to make your own content. You will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the tools and resources available to you, with a real-life case study of how they were used!


This panel will include a moderated Q&A in a Live Zoom webinar, with captions.
Program Length is approximately 60 minutes
This event is live and will not be recorded for on-demand viewing.
Pre-Registration Is Required.

TOsketchfest’s Learning & Fun program is presented by:
presented by CBC



Darrell Faria looks at the camera. He wears a black hooded shirt under his jean jacket and he is pulling his hood up using his left hand.

Darrell Faria looks at the camera. He wears a black hooded shirt under his jean jacket and he is pulling his hood up using his left hand.

Darrell Faria

With over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Darrell Faria is a triple threat: director, writer, and comedian. He has two (personal) Canadian Screen Award nominations (2016, 2022) and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination (2015). His directorial work has WON Canadian Screen Awards (2021), T.O. Webfest awards (2020) and the award for “Outstanding Comedy Short” at TOSketchfest20, presented by CBC.

Some of his director credits include “Bit Playas” on CBC Gem (a comedy about nerds-of-colour trying to make it in showbiz) and on CBC’s “Tallboyz”. He was recently passed the torch to direct on CBC’s esteemed Canadian stand-up festival: The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. As a writer, Darrell has written for productions such as Tallboyz, Hot Wheels (Mattel), Lifetime Network and he has written/directed live and digital sketches for the Canadian Screen Awards. He completed The Second City Writer‘s Conservatory and recently developed/mounted his own class called “Process and POV: Creating Meaningful Characters in a Digital Space” for BIPOC Creators.

As an actor, Darrell was the head instructor at the Mississauga Youth Theatre for five years while studying in school as filmmaker. Some of his acting credits include his Entertainment Weekly cited performance in Hallmark’s “The Santa Suit” and in a leading role in Bell Media’s “Fare Trade”.

But perhaps his most on-the-map presence is as his comedy/rap persona: Chai-T. Chai-T is a fictional rap character that is written and performed by Darrell. In the vein of Ali G or Borat, Chai-T creates the illusion of being a real rapper both live and in his social media. Chai-T performs all over Toronto: from Comedy Bar to The Great Hall. He had viral success on his “Drake’s Best Friend” campaign (Buzzfeed, BlogTO, Flo 93.5, etc.). Chai-T’s latest project: rap-reviewing a full season of “This Is Us” engaged many cast members, writers, directors and producers of the hit NBC show. Chai-T gave a high-energy opening performance at “Rapp Battlez 100”, which was noted as one of the “Top 5 live comedy shows of 2018” by Now Magazine.