About the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) is Toronto’s comedy festival.
The “main event” is the annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival each March which features 12 hilarious days of the best live, scripted comedy in North America. Founded ten years ago by a group of Toronto comedians the festival has since grown by leaps and bounds, and is a highlight in the Toronto comedy calendar.
Throughout the year we offer special presentations of celebrity talent, homegrown comedy heroes, and of course our annual Sketch Com-Ageddon comedy tournament. We also produce Comedy Country, a festival of funny in rural Prince Edward County. Each year, more than 5000 people enjoy TOsketchfest events, and hundreds of comedians grace the stage.
To present, promote and support exceptional live, scripted comedy making Toronto a funnier place to be.
The mandate of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is three-fold:
- To provide a big, public showcase for sketch comedy in Toronto,
- To deliver relevant professional development to artists, and
- To create opportunities for positive networking and exchange among comedic writer-performers.
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is a not-for-profit, charitable organization.
What is sketch comedy, you ask?
Genreally speaking, sketch comedy is any funny performance that is written, rehearsed and performed by a cast of comedians. It’s like Saturday Night Live, or SCTV, or Kids in the Hall. It’s not stand-up or improv.
And no, it’s not funny pencil drawings on the wall. Seriously, someone asked us that once.