Welcome ABROAD: Filipino Sketch Comedy Series Panel with Isabel Kanaan – Mar 24 – 1PM

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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.

ABROAD is an all-new satirical sketch comedy series produced by Longhope Media and slated to air in Spring 2022 on OMNI Television. TOsketchfest is proud to present this special sneak peek event with co-creator and star Isabel Kanaan. Join Isabel, and
Kara Harun, Byron Abalos, Justin Santiago and Joy Castro
, as they discuss the creation, execution, and importance of this groundbreaking sketch comedy show based on Isabel’s experience as an immigrant, driven by her comedic perspective.


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.
Cost: $10 + fees / Pre-Registration Is Required.

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





Welcome ABROAD: Isabel Kanaan, Kara Harun, Byron Abalos, Joy Castro, Justin Santiago.

Welcome ABROAD: Isabel Kanaan, Kara Harun, Byron Abalos, Joy Castro, Justin Santiago.

Isabel Kanaan

Isabel Kanaan, known for her roles in Second Jen and Royal Canadian Air Farce NYE, She has more than 5.5 million likes on TikTok and is a recipient of the NBC Bob Curry Fellowship and RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.

Justin Santiago

Justin Santiago is a Filipina-Canadian emerging actor, and aspiring producer. She moved to Canada at the age of seven and grew up in Brampton, Ontario where she discovered her passion for all things performing arts. She is a graduate of Sheridan College having attended the Film & Television and Performing Arts Preparation program. She holds a diploma in Performing Arts from Randolph College of the Performing Arts in Toronto. Justin developed her instrument through notable stage and screen practitioners including Alix Sideris, Jordan Pettle, John Beale, Susanna Fournier and David Storch. Through her passion and determination, she landed leading roles in plays and musicals such as The Dispute (Alistair Newton), Sunshine Boy (Bad Hats Theatre), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Sheridan Performance Prep). Since graduating from school, Justin has since picked up her interests in Film and Television and has worked on sets with Go Button Media and Discovery Channel. She recently finished filming a brand new Sketch Comedy show called, ABROAD written and produced by Isabel Kanaan and Longhope Media (slated to air April 2022). She is currently working on expanding her skill set to the business side of the arts whilst continuing her passions in acting. She promotes a future of diversity and inclusion through her art and through the people she meets.

Byron Abalos

Byron Abalos is a Filipino-Canadian actor, writer, playwright and theatre producer based in Toronto. Upcoming film appearances include Hello Stranger, The Man From Toronto and Luckiest Girl Alive. Other select credits include: Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, The Hot Zone, Coroner, Murdoch Mysteries, What We Do In The Shadows, Baronness Von Sketch, The Boys, Return to Christmas Creek, Taken, Condor, Man Seeking Woman, Defiance, Dark Matter, Covert Affairs, The Listener, Mr. Dressup and The Magic Schoolbus. Through the Bamboo, a play for young audiences that Byron co-wrote with his partner, Andrea Mapii, was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2021. Byron was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow at The Second City Toronto and a recipient of an NBC Emerging Voices Scholarship.

Joy Castro

Joy Castro is an actress originally from Vancouver, BC and is a graduate of Studio 58. ABROAD is her first time working on a sketch show.

Kara Harun

Kara is a two-time Canadian Screen Award nominee for her work as a writer, producer and host for TVOKids, The Space. Kara has written for children’s shows such as Dino Dana (Sinking Ship/TVO), Glowbies (CBC), It’s My Party (Bristow Global Media/TVO), Fishheads(TVO), Pollinators (TVO), and Denis and Me II and III (Crave, Family). In the tween space, she wrote for My Perfect Landing, a tween dramedy that airs on Family Channel and CBBC. Kara is also a talented singer/songwriter and voice over artist. Kara worked as writer/producer/director of YTV’s The Zone Weekend and Big Fun Movies. In this role she honed her skills, writing comedy sketches on a daily basis. Kara recently directed episodes for Abroad, airing on OMNI in Spring 2022.