The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is Canada’s premier festival celebrating scripted, ensemble comedy boasting 11 days of hilarity on seven Toronto stages from over 200 comedians. Since 2005 the Festival has brought sketch comedy to wider audiences with ticketed and free performances showcasing hundreds of emerging comedians alongside a slate of top-flight headliner acts such as Kate McKinnon, The Kids in the Hall, Ninja Sex Party, This is That, Michael Ian Black, and Gavin Crawford.
The 3D Toronto Sign in Nathan Phillips Square will be lit in Blue, purple, White on Thursday, March 5 for the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s 15th anniversary. This lighting pattern will be in rotation with the Sign’s original multi-coloured pattern, from approximately 9am on March 5 until 9am on March 6.
For the second year in a row TOsketchfest has partnered with Crow’s Theatre to present marquee sketch comedy in Toronto’s East End over two weekends. From March 5 – 7, 2020 the lineup will include an extended performance by Mark Little & Andy Bush, the much anticipated return of dynamic sketch duo Peter ‘N Chris, and the Edinburgh Fringe hit Uncommon Wealth by The Lusty Mannequins. From March 12 – 14, 2020 the line up will include remounts of hit sketch revues Dead Parents Society created by Shohana Sharmin and directed by Kirsten Rasmussen, and The Weight of It All by Gillian Bartolucci, directed Carly Heffernan.
In this anniversary year, TOsketchfest continues to serve its primary mission – to invest in and support the development of Canadian comedic voices. The Festival line up will include a curated mix of emerging sketch comedians, and long standing scene favourites, including: Sex T-Rex’s first ever sketch show; the 10 year anniversary of Vest of Friends at TOsketchfest; Fringe favourites Anesti Danelis, Tita Collective, and Not Oasis; solo stars Jon Blair, Tom Hearn, and Anders Yates; and hot out of town acts including Gender? I Hardly Know Them from Edmonton, Milwaukee! from New York, Brunch from Vancouver, and Spooky Dookie from Chicago.
The Full TOsketchfest20 line-up currently includes:
10 Minute Talk Show, 1623, Ajahnis Charley: Thots and Prayers, Anders Yates, Anesti Danelis, Anna Smith, Bad Tattoo, Beggar’s Canyon, Brunch (Vancouver), Cam Wyllie, Carson & Taylor Promise to Do a Bunch of Flips, Cereal in a Mason Jar, Craig Scorgie is A Growing Boy, Dang Dumb (Edmonton), Dead Parents Society, Diane, Definition of Knowledge, The Diddlin’ Bibbles, Elena Skopetos: Impressing My Dad (New York), Erica Gellert, Freak ‘N Da Beats, Gary from HR (New York), Gender? I Hardly Know Them (Edmonton), Girl Brain (Edmonton), Good News Toronto, Hackett & Langdon, Herbeaver, HUNKS (Winnipeg), Hybrid, Jon Blair, Jordan Armstrong, Jovani!, Lady Mary and the Marquis van Shyzer, Li’l RasGALS, Liam Lum, Low Rise Queens, The Lusty Mannequins, Mark Little & Andy Bush, Meg MacKay, Milwaukee! (New York), Not Oasis, Palcoholics, Peter N Chris, Public Works, Rabiya Mansoor, Randall Walsh, Rena Warrior Princess, Room 28 (New York), Same Boat Comedy (Halifax), Selena Vyle, Sex T-Rex, The Sketchersons, Smooth Comedy, Spooky Dookie (Chicago), The Weight of It All, The Wow, Thunderstood (Greensboro), Tita Collective, Tom Hearn, TwoSon, Uber & Klonk, Vest Of Friends, Whisky Kids, Whyte Wyne & Young Riesling, and Woke ‘N Broke.
Tickets : Varies
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: March 4 -15, 2020 – Schedule
Venue: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
Free Parking, Street Parking, Paid Parking
Public transport accessible
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