MARCH 1-11, 2018#TOsketchfest18

Learning

Sketch Behind the Scenes!

Love what you see on the TOsketchfest stages? Learn more about the art of sketch in our incredible series of workshops, panels and events, perfect for comedy enthusiasts!

The Professional Development Program Sponsors are:

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EVENTS:

REGISTRATION FEE:

All events require pre-registration and some charge a $15 participation fee.

For the best value, you can purchase an ALL WORKSHOP PASS for $40 and take as many workshops as you can fit in! PLEASE NOTE: Shortly after purchasing this, you will receive an email for your class selections. If you purchase this pass less than 24 hours before the first workshop you wish to attend, please email Erin Conway your course selections.

The registration fee is payable by credit card online or can be paid by credit card, VISA debit or cash at any TOsketchfest box office.  If you must cancel your registration, please do so at least 24 hours prior to your workshop by emailing Erin Conway, Coordinator or Learning and Fun. If you need to cancel, please give us at least 24 hours notice, and we will refund your fee and open your space in the workshop to someone on the waiting list.

Please note: If the registration fee is a barrier to participation, there are scholarships available. Please be in touch with Erin Conway, Coordinator of Learning and Fun or more information.

THE SECOND CITY PRESENTS: COMEDY AND POLITICS PANEL

FREE EVENT

Saturday March 3
1:00pm- 3:00pm
The Second City Training Centre: 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor

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What part does comedy have in shaping our point of view?  Is political comedy necessary, or is it normalizing the racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, idiotic tendencies that define our politics.  Do we need politics to write comedy, or do we need comedy to process the world’s politics?  With guests Ashley Botting, Allana Reoch, Dale Boyer, Rob Baker, Ann Pornel, Brandon Hackett and the Senior Producer of Because News, Elizabeth Bowie.

Hosted by Alexandra Eden for Laser Baby the Associate Producer of The President Show on Comedy Central

Pre-Requisites: NONE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE POLITICS AND COMEDY PANEL


SONGS IN THE KEY OF SKETCH W/ PHATT AL

Saturday March 3
4:30pm-6:30pm
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West

A comedic song can be a palette cleanser in your show, or be a hard hitting point of view piece. Get your feet wet with this introduction to musical genres – and how to use them as a platform to tell your story. This is a great workshop for sketch performers who want to add to their writing tool kit. You don’t have to know how to sing in order write or perform a comedic song!

PHATT al (pronounced “Fat Al”) is the band leading rapper of the Juno nominated NuFunk band ‘God Made ME Funky’. He (and/ or his voice) has appeared in various commercials, TV shows, and movies internationally. You may know him as the Juicy Fruit Man, or the voice of Eggo Waffles, and Wendy’s. Al is a member of The Second City Touring Company, and he teaches the longform hip-hop class ‘Yes Yes Y’all.’  He is also a featured member of the hip-hop improv troupe Notorious.

Prerequisite: Sketch/improv performance experience

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR COMEDY IN THE KEY OF SKETCH

 

ONE MINUTE MONOLUTES W/ MATT & JACQUIE

Sunday March 4
12:30pm-3:00pm
The Theatre Centre: BMO Incubator for Live Arts

A rapid-fire, sink-or-swim approach to monologue writing where students begin by learning about what makes a good monologue by watching and analyzing several examples. Then students will be asked to pitch, write, and perform a brand new monologue by the end of the workshop.  Taught by Jacquie Baker and Matthew Schmid from The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie.

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.

Prerequisite: Prior sketch writing and/or improv experience

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUES

 


INSIDE THE LADIES WRITING ROOM

FREE EVENT

Monday March 5
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Theatre Centre: BMO Incubator for Live Arts

TOsketchfest brings you a panel of powerhouse women writers for one night only!  Join us for an evening of conversation featuring head writers and award winners as they discuss how to break out of gendered expectations in the writing room, how to stand out in an intimidating workspace and how to trust the power of their female perspective.  Guest panelists include Diana Frances, Nour Hadidi, Alessandra Vite, and more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUES


YOU DO YOU: THE POWER OF YOUR POV W/ANN PORNEL

Tuesday March 6th
6:30pm- 8:30pm
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West

Do you get stuck in your head thinking that your point of view isn’t strong enough or it won’t resonate with audience members?  Learn how to trust that what you have to say is valid, and funny. Walk away with a few tricks on how to punch up your script to strengthen your P.O.V.  Participants are encouraged to bring a script they are working on (but not necessary to take the class)

Prerequisite: Prior sketch writing and/or improv experience

Ann Pornel is an alum of The Second City and ¼ of the sketch troupe Flirty Boys.  She’s been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as part of Toronto sketch troupe The Sketchersons and performed at NBC’s Break Out Comedy Festival. She’s performed sketch and improv all across North America, and was named one of Toronto’s “Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh” by Torontoist. You can also see her on Baroness Von Sketch Show and Odd Squad.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOU DO YOU.

SOLO CHARACTER CREATION LAB W/ KIRSTEN RASMUSSEN

Friday March 9
3:00pm- 6:00pm

The Second City Training Centre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor 

So you want to write a character monologue, but where do you start?  This creation lab gives you brainstorming skills, writing and format techniques, physical exercises to bring your character ideas to their top form.  Taught by character master Kirsten Rasmussen, this three hour workshop promises to give you at least three different ways into finding new characters.  Come with a notebook and pen and leave with a handful of new characters!

Prerequisite: Prior sketch writing and/or improv experience

Kirsten Rasmussen is a Canadian Comedy Award Winning improviser and alumnus of The Second City Toronto Mainstage company. Kirsten has performed improv, sketch and her solo shows all over the world. She is a current teacher and director at The Second City Toronto and The Bad Dog Theatre and teaches independent character classes out of The Comedy Bar.  Kirsten is one half of the improv duo K$M with Matt Folliott, and one half of the improv duo The Bloody Marys with Leigh Cameron.  Her television work can be seen on The Beaverton, Schitt’s Creek, Dino Dana and Odd Squad. Check out her webseries Healing From Heartbreak on the youtube channel Belair Directs.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SOLO CHARACTER CREATION LAB

 


THE QUEER SIDE OF WRITING W/ PAUL BELLINI

Saturday March 10
1:30pm- 4:00pm

The Theatre Centre: BMO Incubator for Live Arts

Humber School of Comedy

Award winning comedy writer Paul Bellini brings the experience and perspective of his accomplished career to this free workshop presented by Humber Comedy: Just a few years ago the LGBTQ+ community was the brunt of the joke. Now, we’re ahead of the curve. This workshop examines that steep trajectory, and looks at ways to create queer comedy that works for all audiences. We’ll review a clip reel that looks back to see how stereotypical LGBTQ+ characters were treated in previous decades. Then create our own LGBTQ+ characters and put them in classic situations.  We’ll also try recasting famous ‘straight’ characters as queer. It’s sure to be as much fun as a circuit party.

Prerequisite: No previous writing experience is needed

his Hour Has 22 Minutes (1995 to 1999). Other credits include the novel Buddy Babylon (1998, Dell Trade Paperbacks) and the independent films Hayseed (1997) and doUlike2watch (2002). Paul has received three Gemini Awards and three Emmy nominations for his television work. He teaches comedy writing at Humber College and The Second City.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE QUEER SIDE OF WRITING


PODCAST ESSENTIALS W/ MARC HALLWORTH AND ALEX ROSS

Saturday March 10
4:30pm- 6:30pm

The Theatre Centre: BMO Incubator for Live Arts

Get all the podcast essentials you need to start your podcast.  Learn to nail down your format, tips for teaming up with a producer, perfect your writing and performance techniques for audio and simplify the production process. This workshop is for anyone with (or who wants to start) a podcast. Not just for comedians! This workshop will end with a Q & A. Taught by Marc Hallworth (Vest of Friends) and Alex Ross (Never Sleeps Network.)

Prerequisites: Interested in podcasts!

Alex Ross of the Never Sleeps Network has moderated lectures and pitched for thousands of people.  He was a guest panelist at this years IWCC (Independent Web Creators of Canada) T.O Webfest

Marc Hallworth is a comedian, actor, writer, director and 1 part of the sketch troupe Vest of Friends – who he has a podcast with!  He was a semifinalist in the 2017 Toronto Comedy Brawl, has appeared on SiriusXM as part of Canada Laughs and hosted at Ontario Celebration Zone as part of the PanAM Games

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PODCAST ESSENTIALS