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Dame Judy Dench
(Toronto)
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Content Rating: General TOsketchfest Audience
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The Show:

Dame Judy Dench is thrilled to be back at Toronto Sketch Fest for a third consecutive time. They are pulling out all the stops, compiling their best material from over the last 5 years for a show that will both surprise a delight. Expect a melange of old favourites from their previous 3 smash hit Fringe outings, “Those Shoes That Light Up”, “That’s Just 5 Kids In a Trench Coat!”, and “Everything Else Is Sold Out” as well as brand new material from their holiday spectacular “Dumpster Tree Fire”. Dame Judy Dench is ready to deliver their signature brand of smart, strange and insightful sketch comedy in a show loaded with fan favourites. Social commentary presented in the silliest circumstances will have audiences laughing at themselves, what they see on stage, and the general state of the world.

The Bio:

This Canadian Comedy Award-nominated troupe takes on serious subject matter in the most absurd ways. Physical comedy is paired with dry wit when this crew of comedians test the boundaries of sex, existentialism, feminism, breakups, death and disaster.

The five members of Dame Judy Dench have been working together since 2012. Each member studied at The Second City under a masterful faculty, and are graduates of the prestigious conservatory program. In fact 4/5 members were in the same graduating class! However what makes DJD so unique is that each player has a different performance background. A diverse pedigree ranging from music, theatre, television/film, improv and broadcasting gives the
ensemble a distinctive voice. A voice that has earned them rave revues, packed houses, and left critics to speculate if this was the start of something special….. Turns out, it was!

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Patron’s Pick – Toronto Fringe Festival (2016)
Best of Fringe – Toronto Fringe Festival (2016)
10 Artist to watch for at the Fringe – NOW Magazine (2016)
Outstanding Direction – NOW Magazine, Fringe Wrap-Up (2015)
Outstanding Production – NOW Magazine, Fringe Wrap-Up (2015)
Outstanding Ensemble – NOW Magazine, Fringe Wrap-Up (2016, 2015)

NNNNN – NOW Magazine
Best Bet – The Torontoist
4 Stars – The Way I See It (TWISI) Theatre Blog
A – MyEntertainmentWorld Blog

5Ns – NOW Magazine
Best Bet – The Torontoist
4 Stars – The Way I See It (TWISI) Theatre Blog
A – MyEntertainmentWorld Blog
Nominee: Best Ensemble, Canadian Comedy Awards (2016)
Nominee: Outstanding Sketch/Improv Performance, MyTheatreAwards (2015, 2016)
Official Selection: 2016, 2017 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
Official Selection: 2016, 2017 Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival
Official Selection: 2017 Guelph Comedy Festival

Quotes:

“[Dame Judy Dench’s] five members are wildly talented, each has a distinct look and vibe… and their work is fresh, theatrical, and has a great big range.” – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

“Honestly, I didn’t want the show to end.” – Mooney on Theatre