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Sketch Behind the Scenes…

TOsketchfest isn’t JUST 11 days of the best comedy performances on the continent… Throughout the festival we present an incredible series of workshops, panels and events for comedy enthusiasts!

The Professional Development Program Sponsors are:

PrintHumber School of Comedy

Click for more details on each Professional Development Session:

Refundable Registration Deposit

Many sessions are hands-on workshops with limited enrollment capacity. For these workshops, TOsketchfest collects a refundable registration deposit of $20, payable by credit card or PayPal. When you attend the session, your registration deposit will be automatically refunded to you. If you do not attend the session, TOsketchfest will keep your deposit and use it to support learning and professional development activities at the fest. If you must cancel your registration, please do so by 24 hours prior to your workshop by emailing Ashley Comeau, Performer Services Coordinator. If you give us at least 24 hours notice, we will refund your registration deposit and open your space in the workshop to someone on the waiting list.

realtalk

#Realtalk: Sketch Comedy

Presented by The Second City Training Centre, hosted by Kris Siddiqi

Wednesday March 2nd – 9:00 pm
The John Candy Box Theatre at The Second City Training Centre (99 Blue Jays Way)

#realtalk at The Second City Training Centre is back!! After a successful launch in January with the Women in Comedy Panel, we’re back to talk about everything Sketch Comedy!! Just in time for TOsketchfest!

Panelists include members from Panacea (Allana Reoch, Nicky Nasrallah, Gillian Bartolucci, Marshall Lorenzo), Gwynne Phillips (Templeton Philharmonic), Roger Bainbridge (Tony Ho), Jonathan Langdon (The Sketchersons; Reverse Oreo), Paul Snepsts (Executive Director and Festival Producer of TOsketchfest), Laura Cilevitz (Get Some), Jocelyn Geddie (Headwriter, The Sketchersons).

The Second City Training Centre #realtalk panels are FREE to attend and open to everyone! Come listen to memories, ask questions, share stories. If you’re looking to get into Sketch Comedy, or just love the artform, come talk. #realtalk.

No registration required, for more information click here.

 

 

punchline

NAVIGATING CBC PUNCHLINE

With Zach Feldberg (Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals, CBC) and Michelle Daly (Senior Director of CBC Comedy)

Friday March 4th – 5:30pm – 7:00 pm – The Theatre Centre Upper Lobby

Chat with Zach Feldberg and Michelle Daly of the CBC about navigating the development pipeline for CBC’s digital comedy space: Punchline. Learn about the opportunities for your content to reach audiences through CBC’s online portal. Hear from the decision makers, as well as comedians who have enjoyed success with their Punchline digital productions.

To register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

 

matt and jacquie

KILLING THE STRAIGHT MAN

With Jacquie Baker and Matt Schmid of The Flat Earth and The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (Philadelphia)

Saturday March 5th – 1:00 – 3:00 pm – The SiriusXM Stage at The Theatre Centre


A workshop designed to help writers eliminate or flesh out “straight men” characters in sketches. Straight men tend to be two-dimensional characters that serve to “point out the crazy” to the audience instead of letting the crazy speak for itself. Through this workshop, writers will discover that when all of their characters buy into their reality, interactions between characters become much more interesting and realistic. Participants should bring something to write with.

Jacquie Baker is a sketch comedy writer and performer from Philadelphia. She writes and performs with PHIT house team The Flat Earth (SF Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Toronto Sketch Fest) and the sketch comedy duo The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (2013 & 2014 Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia winners, Philly Sketchfest). She is a former member of ManiPedi (NYC Sketch Fest, Best Sketch Group – 2014 & 2015 WitOut Awards) and Alley of Nightmares (UCB’s Spank, Philly Fringe Festival, Toronto Sketch Fest). Jacquie co-starred as Rudy in the webseries Helmets of Righteousness and appeared in the webseries Welcome To Anhedonia. She is the sketch director for Barbara Bush, produces shows bi-annually for Five Dollar Comedy Week, and co-produces Hey, We’re Cool, a monthly variety show.

Matthew Schmid is a sketch writer and performer for the Philly Improv Theater house team the Flat Earth (San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto sketch comedy festivals) and one half of the duo The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (Toronto, New York sketch comedy festivals, 3 time Dirtiest Sketch In Philadelphia winner). Matthew has appeared on and won the Philadelphia edition of Nerdist’s Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction Podcast and his writing can be seen on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Matthew also teaches sketch comedy writing at The Philly Improv Theater.

Pre-Requisites: Participants must have sketch experience, either through a training program or at least one year of experience writing/performing with a troupe.

To register: Complete the KILLING THE STRAIGHT MAN Workshop Registration Form. $20 registration deposit is required.

 

 

road trip

Comedy Road Trip #1
Hosted by Carson Pinch

Saturday March 5th – 3:00 – 4:30 – The Theatre Centre Upper Lobby
Join us for a comedy road trip as we visit a handful of comedy cities from across North America. Join reps from our out-of-town troupes and hear about what’s going on in their comedy hometowns; what are the venues, festivals, resources and opportunities? What’s really inspiring and what are the challenges? We’ll get to know these comedy cities through a panel and Q&A, then open the floor for networking and socializing.

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

 

cameron

DIY VIDEO SKETCH

With Cameron Wyllie (O Dat Dum)

Sunday March 6th – 12:00 – 3:00 pm – The Theatre Centre Main Space

Filming Sketch Comedy can be a million dollar process – Or it can be a hundred dollar process if you’re willing to pick up a camera and learn how to do it yourself. In this introductory course you will learn the foundations of video production, including camera basics, audio, lighting, and post production. Equip yourself with the confidence and knowledge to start picking up equipment and start creating your own video sketch content today!
Cameron Wyllie is a farm to table content producer whose credits include The Jon Dore Televsion Show (The Comedy Network, IFC) The D.J. Demers Show (AMI TV), and The Urbane Explorer (Bell Fibe, Youtube.com). His work has racked up millions of views online, and have won 2 Cannes Lions. He can be seen at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival at this Workshop, or with his Sketch Troupe O Dat Dum.

Pre-Requisites: An interest in video production and sketch comedy.

To register: Complete the DIY VIDEO SKETCH Registration Form $20 registration deposit is required.

bellini sctc

WRITING A “TOWN HALL” SKETCH:
THE SECOND CITY WAY

With Paul Bellini (The Kids in the Hall, This Hour has 22 Minutes)

Tuesday March 8th – 5:30 – 8:30 pm – The Second City Training Centre (99 Blue Jays Way)

This three hour workshop will introduce and explore the sketch archetype known as the “Town Hall”. Participants will see classic examples of Town Hall sketches from the Second City archives and then they will create the format in real time. They will explore platform, POV, heightening and the interdependence this format has with the audience.

This fun interactive workshop will leave the participants with a clear understanding of what it takes to write a dynamic Town Hall sketch.

Pre-Requisites: Willingness to work collaboratively with others and improvise a little. Bring a paper and pen!

To register: Complete the TOWN HALL SKETCH Registration Form. $20 registration deposit is required.

 

 

Hip. Bang!

DISRUPT AND DELIGHT
Audience Manipulation in Sketch Comedy

With Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie of Hip. Bang! and Blind Tiger Comedy (Vancouver)

Friday March 11th – 1:00 – 3:00 pm – The SiriusXM Stage at The Theatre Centre
When performers twist an audience’s mood or expectations, opportunities for sweet comedic release abound. In this workshop, we will dive into the non-traditional approaches sketch comedians can take to their audiences, and the ways disrupting, infiltrating, and impersonating them can create big wins on stage.

Hip.Bang! is a comedy duo from Vancouver whose playful, absurd comedy has delighted and disrupted audiences worldwide.

Tom and Devin of Hip.Bang! have been featured at many a comedy festival, including JFL NorthWest, San Francisco SketchFest, NXNE, Rapid Fire Theatre’s Improvaganza, New York’s Del Close Marathon, Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, and more. In 2015, they debuted their web series, PITCH MEN, at NorthWest Comedy Fest. Their new web series, ODDLAND, is in production.

Tom and Devin are also co-founders of Blind Tiger Comedy, Vancouver’s home for alternative comedy, where they teach sketch comedy and long form improv.

Pre-Requisites: Participants must have sketch experience, either through a training program or at least one year of experience writing/performing with a troupe. Participants will be asked to submit a script they are working on in advance of the workshop (or, if not available, that they have seen and can describe) that involves performers interacting directly with audience members.

To register: Complete the DISRUPT AND DELIGHT Workshop Registration Form. $20 registration deposit is required.

 

 

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Commercial Talk with Adam and Dave

With Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany of Laugh Sabbath/Knock. Knock (Who’s There?) Comedy!

Saturday March 12th – 1:00 – 2:30 – The Theatre Centre Main Stage

Film makers and comedians Adam and Dave invite you for a casual chat about their work in the commercial world, sharing their experience and advice on navigating commercials as a comedic actor. Bringing their perspective as writer/directors of campaigns for major corporate brands, they’ll talk you through the audition process and how to translate relatable and funny characters into these short scenes.

Adam and Dave have spent their entire career trying to prove that two people can just as easily do the job of one. But in the face of adversity, this “award winning” duo has persevered, continuing to make their comedy in Short, Medium and Large sizes.

Their television work includes Funny As Hell (HBO Canada/Seeso) The Jon Dore Television Show (IFC/Comedy Network), Scare Tactics (SyFy) and Unreel Sports (Fox/Fuel TV). They have twice won a Canadian Comedy Award for directing, for The Jon Dore Television Show and Funny As Hell. Their recent CBC special A Dore To Winnipeg was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards.

In the world of corporate filmmaking, they have helmed campaigns for Coke, Facebook, AT&T, disgraced german automaker Volkswagen, Dish Network, T-Mobile, NBC, Hersheys, Kraft and a variety of other blue chip enterprises.

Their many short films have been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Festival de Nouveau Cinema, and the Hawaii International Film Festival, which takes place in Hawaii.

They both enjoy sparkling water.

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

 

road trip

Comedy Road Trip #2
Hosted by Ashley Comeau

Saturday March 12th – 3:00 – 4:30 – The Theatre Centre Upper Lobby
Join us for a comedy road trip as we visit a handful of comedy cities from across North America. Join reps from our out-of-town troupes and hear about what’s going on in their comedy hometowns; what are the venues, festivals, resources and opportunities? What’s really inspiring and what are the challenges? We’ll get to know these comedy cities through a panel and Q&A, then open the floor for networking and socializing.

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

 

Humber School of Comedy

Sketch 101 with Robin Duke

Sunday March 13th – 12:00 – 2:00 – Sirius XM Stage at The Theatre Centre
Presented by Humber School of Comedy. Former SCTV and Saturday Night Live cast member Robin Duke leads an introductory workshop
for anyone who wants to give sketch comedy a try. Robin has been teaching sketch writing and improv at The Humber School of Creative
and Performing Arts in the comedy program for over ten years.

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

 

alex and laura

Crunch Time with Members of Get Some

With Alex Tindal and Laura Cilevitz of Get Some (Toronto)

Sunday March 13th – 12:30 – 3:30 – The Theatre Centre
Spend the afternoon with members of 2015 Best of Fest Award winning troupe Get Some exploring their show creation process. Bring a sketch you’re working on, but have never performed. Alex and Laura will lead you through the process of table reading, pitching, selecting and editing scenes, creating a running order, punching up on your feet, and finally rehearsing a mini sketch show. All in three jam-packed hours! It’s crunch time.

Laura Cilevitz is a Toronto born sketch comedian, actress and writer. Laura has received two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Sketch Troupe for her work in both The Sketchersons and Get Some. She is the recipient of the Cream of Comedy Award for sketch duo 7 Minutes in Heaven, and graduated as valedictorian from Humber’s Comedy Writing and Performance program in 2008. Laura’s credits include Beauty & The Beast, Odd Squad, Match Game and you can hear her on Space Riders: Division Earth season 2, this coming year on CTV.

Alex Tindal is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning writer and performer. He has showcased at comedy festivals across North America including performances at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York, the Second City Chicago and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Alex cut his teeth with sketch in Sunday Night Live as one of the writing/performing cast members of the Sketchersons, going on to act ass Head Writer for the comedic, multimedia punk-rock opera Feint of Hart presented as part of performance lab space Videofag’s inaugural season. He has been invited to create new works for the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nocture Halifax (Art at Night), and has created video content for the Toronto Star and VICE. Alex is featured in music videos for recording artists Flosstradamus/Lil’ Jon, The Vaccines and Phedre.

Pre-Requisites: Participants must have sketch experience, either through a training program or at least one year of experience writing/performing with a troupe.

To Register: Complete the CRUNCH TIME Registration Form $20 registration deposit is required.