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Can you name these hilarious people…

We saw this ridiculous pic on a comedian’s Facebook page today. It was posted in support of tonight’s season premiere of the Ron James Show on CBC. Here’s a fun game for your Friday afternoon: Can you name all of the hilarious people in the pic? Ok, obviously one of them is Ron James. Oh, […]

Fresh Meat 2011, Cambridge Footlights

Toronto Comedy Preview: Fresh Meat, Cambridge Footlights

Hot local upstarts and live British sketch highlight a front-loaded week in Toronto!
Monday: Fresh Meat 2011
Tuesday: Cambridge Footlights

Chicago SketchFest Applications Open

Attention all sketchy people! Wanna play in the mother of all US SketchFests? Ok, it wasn’t the first, but it is certainly the biggest. Chicago SketchFest is now accepting applications for the 2012 festival. Head over to their website to get the details. Members of the TOSketchFest team have enjoyed performing in and watching the […]

Picnicface Sneak Preview Tonight!

Hey dudes… check out tonight’s sneak preview of Picnicface, the new sketch show on Comedy Network. Those crazy kids from Halifax made a TV show! Remember when they were the winners of the Audience Choice Award at TOSketchFest in 2008? Yeah, we do too. They are so great. The sneak preview is tonight (Tuesday Aug […]

TOSketchFest Talks SorboFest

The most exciting two nights of the summer, Kevin Sorbo Garbage Weekend, are almost here! Tonight (Friday) and Saturday, the legendary Kevin Sorbo will be performing at Comedy Bar in four hilarious and sure-to-be-mythical shows put on by some of Toronto’s most popular improv and sketch groups. Some of the busy performers took a moment […]

Charleston Comedy Festival Submissions Open

Are you a comedian? Do you like travelling? Do you like travelling to places that are warmer than Toronto in January? The Charleston Comedy Festival dropped us a line today to let us know they are looking for acts and their submissions are open until October 1st. The Festival is January 18-21, 2012 and all […]

A Rare Jape Reunion

If you go into the way-back machine and set the dial to sometime in the mid 2000’s, you’ll find yourself at an early Statutory Jape show, when the group looked a little different than it does today… it had a female member. That’s right, Toronto sketch favourites Jape, (as they are now known), had an […]

The Second City Gets a Facelift

It’s unusual for The Second City’s mainstage cast to turn over four of their six members at once, which is why Toronto’s comedy scene is abuzz with the news of the casting for their upcoming revue. TOSketchFest is pretty good friends with the new cast members ’cause they’ve all performed in the Festival before. (Ashley […]

Pilot Week in 10 Words or Less

Pilot Week at Comedy Bar is upon us. The shows start tonight. This is a really fun contest put on by the good folks at Comedy Bar and Insight, who are looking for the next great Canadian comedy TV show. All week  long, contestents have 30 minutes to perform a live version of their television […]

Brendan Halloran is a Terrible Wizard

TOSketchFest was pretty excited about last week’s premiere of The Week That Was with Jay Onrait on MuchMore. Reason being, our good friend Brendan Halloran is the head writer. You’d know Brendo from The Sketchersons, The Polecats and The Local Singles. He’s a busy sketch guy. You should watch the second episode tonight on MuchMore […]

Comedy Bar… The Series

If you’re a fan of TOsketchfest, you’ve probably been to Comedy Bar, one of the main Festival venues. It’s the hub of the Toronto comedy scene, and now, it’s also a series, produced in association with Bite. Comedy Bar was shot in 50 episodes, 15 of which have already been aired on Bite TV and  […]

Whose Line is it Anyway?

It’s an age-old debate – is there such thing as an original idea?  Recently Last Call Cleveland, 2009 TOsketchfest Best of the Fest Award Winners, came face-to-face with that question.  A small scandal erupted over a routine on Conan O’Brien by Canadian standup stand-out Jon Dore and Rory Scovel.  In the bit, Conan’s staff has […]

Tim Sims Fund Looking for Hot New Acts

Our friends over at the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund recently released their call for submissions for the Fresh Meat Showcase in September. If you are a performer or troupe in the early stages of your career – i.e. 30 years or younger, performing for less than two years, Toronto based (see full citeria here) – […]

Past TOsketchfest artists at Toronto Fringe

The Fringe Festival launches this week in Toronto, and if you’re like me, you just can’t decide what to see (besides the inside of the Fringe Tent, of course). Well we’re here to point your funny bone in the right direction.  Here’s a list of past TOsketchfest groups that are performing in this year’s Toronto […]

Vote for the Canadian Comedy Awards

This year, the Canadian Comedy Awards added some new public voting categories to their awards list.  The public is now able to vote on five categories:  Best TV Show, Best Film, Best Web Clip, Best Radio Clip and Comedy Person of the Year. So get yourselves over to the CCAs website and log your vote. […]

Peter 'n Chris

Montreal Fringe Loves Sketch!

The Montreal Fringe Festival wrapped last weekend, and of course, sketch comedy was well represented. Previous TOSketchFest performers were nominated for “Frankie Awards”: Peter ‘n Chris (TOSketchFest 2010) from Vancouver were nominated for the Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award, and our friends Uncalled For (TOSketchFest 2008, 2009, Best of the Fest 2009) from Montreal […]

Pilot Week Submission Deadline

It might be too late for you to do anything about this, but we wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the deadline for submissions for Pilot Week at Comedy Bar. Then again, maybe it’s not too late, all you need is 250 words to enter. Here’s the deal: our friends over at Comedy Bar […]

Sketch Com-Ageddon

Let the chaos begin!

Sketch Com-Ageddon is a week-long sketch comedy competition taking place at Comedy Bar in Toronto. With 48 troupes vying for a $500 cash prize and automatic entry into the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, this is a week of hilarity and chaos not to be missed. 48 sketch troupes clash in 4 preliminary rounds Tuesday […]