A woman sits in front of a dimly lit patio background reminiscent of a tacky backdrop from “The Bachelor/Bachelorette.” The lower thirds read “Mar 26 Needs Real Friends Toronto, ON.”
The Social Bubble by Toronto Sketch Comedy
Follow along Mar’s drama-filled journey as she selects the people to fill the rest of her social bubble. Because who actually has nine friends? The Social Bubble is both a parody of the reality show “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” and satirical commentary on the nuances and difficulties of creating ten-person social bubbles as dictated by the Ontario government. In accordance with these safety precautions, all scenes were filmed remotely or socially distanced, save for the actors who were in real-life social bubbles with each other. How meta.
Content Warning: Bleeped Swearing
Toronto Sketch Comedy is a hodgepodge collection of comedians from the city. First brought together as a way to continue doing comedy and safely create content during the lockdown, the group has now grown into a larger collective that aims to collaborate with and showcase all Toronto sketch comedians on a global scale.
Marlene de Leon, writer of “The Social Bubble,” is an improv and sketch comedian from Toronto. In just over one year of doing comedy (or just a few months of comedy in a pre-COVID world), she has produced a handful of stand-up and improv shows around the city while working towards completing her improv training at Second City Toronto. She has also completed training in Chicago as one of the last students at the iO Theatre, the birthplace of improv comedy, before it permanently closed its doors. When she’s not lip-syncing to audio clips on the internet, podcasting or working, she’s helping manage the Toronto Sketch Comedy YouTube channel.