The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) is back and showing off the best comedy troupes from the 2014 Festival with the Best of the Fest Encore Shows, including a family matinée show – a TOsketchfest first.
The Best of the Fest Encore Shows will spotlight three award-winning troupes from TOsketchfest 2014, Bri-Ko, Peter n’ Chris and The Templeton Philharmonic, on Saturday, June 21 at Randolph Theatre.
Bri-Ko were chosen as the 2014 Second City Best of the Fest Award winners. This Chicago-based troupe impressed the jury with their non-verbal comedy, audience participation and groundbreaking use of costumes, props and visual cues.
Throughout the festival, audiences voted for their favourite troupes in order to determine the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award winner. For the second time Peter n’ Chris emerged victorious as the fan favourites, winning previously in 2011. Demand for Peter n’ Chris was so high throughout the 2014 Festival, TOsketchfest was forced to add a third slot by the troupe.
The Steam Whistle Brewing Producers’ Pick Award went to Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton of The Templeton Philharmonic. This troupe was chosen for presenting quality shows for TOsketchfest audiences, their fantastic character work and their commitment to growing their writing and craft.