The Diddlin’ Bibbles
They’re the cream of the crop, they rise to the top; “the top” being Sketchfest’s Opening Night Spectacular, and “they” being The Diddlin’ Bibbles. From humble, rural roots in the quaint town of Widdlywack, to the sexy metropolis of #the6ix, the Bibbles have been on a quest to spread their gospel of light and lust. They’re a sex-positive musical duo and polyamorous life partners, and they’re on the road to sweet, sweet fame. This is their “Best of the Bibbles: All-time Hits” performance, and they feel blessed to be able to grace the prestigious Franco Boni stage.
Lesley Robertson and Matt Shaw wrote their first comedy song and created the characters of Jessop and Rose-Marie Bibbles (The Diddlin’ Bibbles) during the summer of 2015 while working together on an outdoor theatre production in Barrie, Ontario. They wrote their first full-length, narrative show with Dana Puddicombe as a third collaborator (co-writer and director) for the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival (winning Patrons’ Pick). They then collectively created three more original shows for Sketchfest (2018 and 2019), and Double Bangers (2019). Most recently, they won the first prize for the 2020 Sketch to the Death Competition.
Individually, Lesley, Matt and Dana are also actors. Lesley has performed many of Shakespeare’s characters including King John, Feste, Touchstone, Pompey (Shakespeare BASH’d), Julia (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Dogberry, the Nurse, and Cordelia (Hart House). She will be playing Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest this summer in Halifax (SBTS). She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory for Sketch Comedy and the George Brown Theatre School. Matt Shaw is also graduate of the George Brown Theatre School Conservatory, and has worked on a variety of productions including Yes Theatre’s Mamma Mia! and a Factory Theatre/Thousand Islands Playhouse co-production of Prairie Nurse. Dana is a co-writer, co-star and co-producer of Band Ladies, a web-series that will premiere on HighBallTV this spring. Acting Credits include Rex, Baroness Von Sketch, The Handmaid’s Tale & Republic of Doyle (Television); Leigh-La in Chasse Galerie (Dora Winner, Best Independent Ensemble). A Graduate of The Second City Sketch & Longform Improv Conservatories, Dana is a coach with The Assembly and was a nominee for the Tim Sims Encouragement Award for 2018.