Dirtbag Cousin present a fast paced show featuring short sketches largely written through improv and honed on the stage, meaning every show is a little bit different. The show features a great deal of performance pieces - from parallel scenes of cowboys arguing at a rodeo juxtaposed with hipsters arguing in a coffee shop, to British chefs struggling through a brutal recipe, a Prosecutor caught in a humiliating courtroom meltdown, and radio hosts at their breaking point. Dirtbag Cousin likes to show critical moments of change in the lives of their characters, often dealing with very dark themes and silliness.
Dirtbag Cousin (Austen Alexander and Will French) met while studying at the Humber Comedy Writing and Performance program.
Austen Alexander is a working actor and filmmaker. He has starred in feature films (The Customer) and national television commercials (CIBC, Hershey’s, Under Armour, Starbucks). His film and broadcast television background gives his concept of comedy a unique approach.
Will French is a stand up comedian who has performed at venues such as the Rivoli, the Stirling Festival Theatre, Factory Theatre, Comedy Bar, and various strip-mall sports bars across southern Ontario. His comedy has been featured on Sirius XM’s Canada Laughs and he was the 2016 Recipient of the Mark Breslin Award for Stand Up Comedy through Humber College.
After the Humber College Industry Show the two recognized a mutual sense of humour between them despite their very different areas of expertise. They decided that they wanted to perform together regularly but they wanted a more simplified and stripped down sketch style suited more to seeing characters in critical moments, and a high ratio of laughs per minute. Catch them monthly at the Dirtbag Cousin Sketch Duo Show out of Toronto’s legendary Comedy Bar.