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Shock T's

Troupe of the Day: Shock T’s

The Shock T’s are Tim Dunn, Tyler Paterson, Sarah Shockey. They’ve been busy the past five years, honing their musical comedy stylings at festivals all over the United States. Hailing from Chicago, this delightfully quirky troupe are truly adorkable. With all-original songs about all kinds of relatably hilarious situations, the Shock-T’s have been delivering the unexpected at festivals […]

Fratwurst

Troupe of the Day: Fratwurst

Fratwurst is today’s Troupe of the Day! And they’re also performing today, what a fortuitous happenstance! Evan Arppe, Eric Miinch, and Josh Murray have one of Toronto’s busiest trios, and have been performing their sketch around the city to sold-out crowds for almost six years. They always presents a polished performance, somehow effortlessly weaving together […]

The Templeton Philharmonic

Troupe of the Day: The Templeton Philharmonic

The Templeton Philharmonic are two of Toronto’s most theatrical troupes, and they’re today’s Troupe of the Day! Their sketch is surreal; silliness with a serious face, sometimes even interpretive dance. The Templeton Philharmonic (Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton) have appeared at the New York and Chicago Sketchfests, and even won “Best Comedy Duo” at the L.A. […]

Troupe of the Day: Ladystache

Ladystache is today’s Troupe of the Day! Allison Hogg and Stephanie Tolev make up one of Toronto’s favourite troupes–as evidenced by their being nominated for a 2013 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Sketch Troupe, being last year’s winners of the inaugural SiriusXM Sketch-Off,  and voted first runner up for Best Sketch Troupe in NOW Magazine this year. Having hit up Montreal, San […]

Bri-Ko

Troupe of the Day: Bri-Ko

Today’s Troupe of the Day is Bri-Ko, and they’re guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve seen before! Unless you’ve had the please of seeing them before, of course. Even if you have, you’ve certainly never heard them–because Bri-Ko’s sketch is all silent. All the time. Combining clown and sketch into a delightfully ridiculous farce is Brian […]

Jape: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Ejaculate Narrator

httpvh://youtu.be/7_MlEhp0EvM Long time TOsketchfest alumni, Jape, have ventured onto the silver computer-sized screen with their first sketch short film! Produced by John Gape, a Toronto artist collective whose mandate is to showcase comedic talent through creating original digital content, and directed by Cameron Wylie (of Fun Car and Bitches Leave), you know this sketch short […]

Cupid Players

Troupe of the Day: The Cupid Players

Nope, it’s not Valentine’s day, but we’ve got some love for Chicago’s comedy cherubs, The Cupid Players! If you want to know more then get more info here! These guys are huge in Chicago, having been around for eleven years and still going strong. They’re also huge in a more literal sense, with a current […]

The Weaker Vessels

Troupe of the Day: The Weaker Vessels

Today’s Troupe of the Day is the Weaker Vessels! One of Toronto’s most off-kilter troupes, these four guys and a gal always manage to rein in their inherent madness with strong characters and absurd concepts an audience can’t help but get behind. The current cast is Lance Byrd, Jeff Clark, Allan Cooke, Nadine and Colin […]

Last Call Cleveland

Troupe of the Day: Last Call Cleveland

Did somebody say Last Call? Last Call Cleveland is the Troupe of the Day, and they’re coming to you all the way from…you guessed it…Cleveland, Ohio. Last Call Cleveland tours nationally as a sketch group, and has been a longtime favorite of the internets with their web shorts. They’ve got hundreds of videos online, including […]

Ned and Dave

Troupe of the Day: Ned & Dave

Ned & Dave are today’s Troupe of the Day! These two funny fellows bring offbeat ideas and on-point chemistry whenever they’re sharing a stage, and we’re happy to have them back at Sketchfest for the second time! Perhaps not shockingly, Ned & Dave is made up of a Ned and a Dave, (surnames Petrie and […]

Alley of Nightmares

Troupe of the Day: Alley of Nightmares

Have you ever had a dream, a dream about a place that’s not day or night, and you’re standing there, and you’re scared…and then you see a face, a face so frightening you hope to never see it outside of a dream? Today’s Troupe of the Day, Alley of Nightmares, wants to be your sketch […]

Kaboom-Hooray

Troupe of the Day: Kaboom! Hooray!

Kaboom! Hooray! is today’s Troupe of the Day! Shall we say, hooray! This Calgary troupe was founded in 2010 by Alan Cho and Jeff Kubik, and it’s been growing and transforming in style and substance ever since. Nowadays it even features 50% more robot! That’s a lot of robot. Kaboom! Hooray! is alternative comedy for […]

Two Weird Ladies

Troupe of the Day: Two Weird Ladies

Today’s Troupe of the Day is a hilarious duo whose name speaks for itself: Two Weird Ladies! Mandy Sellers and Laura Salvas met at the Second City, where they would eventually graduate from the Conservatory together and then start their two-woman troupe. These ladies have been going strong ever since, with their wacky, witty and, […]

Charles

Troupe of the Day: Charles

Leading up to and throughout Sketchfest 2014, the TOsketchfest Blog will be featuring a Troupe of the Day…every day! Today’s troupe is Charles, a Seattle-based duo made up of Charles Stockman and Chuck Armstrong. Nobody knows where their troupe name comes from, but Charles isn’t all about mystery. They’ve been performing live sketch all over North […]

TOsketchfest Cabaret Series

Cabaret Series

TOsketchfest troupes and our friends in the Toronto comedy community are invited to perform their best sketches based on a theme at our Cabaret Series at Comedy Bar. Each night below takes a different sketch comedy trope, and performing troupes give us their best sketch based on that theme (see below). GUIDELINES Perform 1 sketch, […]

Date a Sketch Troupe: The Sketchersons

Now that Valentine’s Day is coming to a close, it’s time to unveil the final troupe that is vying for your affection; The Sketchersons! The Sketchersons have been a staple in the Toronto Sketch Community since before you were born (if you were born before/around January 2004). These guys are winners of, and multiple times […]

Date a Sketch Troupe: Parker and Seville

Today’s that special day, and we’ve got two more troupes left to charm your socks off with their wit and other synonyms for wit! The penultimate troupe is Parker & Seville, who started performing as such in 2007 as a vaudeville act, and over the years have become one of Toronto’s most versatile and character-driven […]