MARCH 6-17, 2019 #TOsketchfest19 647.505.1050


The 2014 Professional Development Series features exceptional learning opportunities for Sketchfest artists, performers, and audiences. Read on for more information on what’s on tap and how to register.


Join us in the Sketchfest Lounge at the Lower Ossington Theatre for a special series of public panels looking behind the scenes of the Festival’s funniest. This is your chance to grab a refreshment and get some valuable industry insight from stars of the festival and the Canadian comedy industry!

  • Wednesday, March 12th – 6:30 pm – Sketch To Script: A moderated discussion with working TV writers with sketch comedy backgrounds. They’ll tell you how they got started, reveal what tools they still draw on from their sketch days, and answer your questions. Featuring writers from shows including The Ron James Show, The Hour, MadTV, Grojband, XPM, and more!
  • Thursday, March 13th – 6:30 pm – Sketch To Screen: A moderated discussion and Q&A with sketch comedians who have successfully built careers on screen. Featuring performers from Mr. D, Satisfaction, InnerSpace, and more!
  • Friday, March 14th – 6:30 pm – Sketch To Someplace Else: We’ll talk to sketch artists from other cities, and find out how the live sketch scene works  for them. Featuring some of Sketchfest’s out of town performers, and more!
  • Saturday, March 15th – 6:30 pm – Sketch To… Producing and Promotion: One of the most important skills for a sketch comedy performer is getting people out to your shows ! We’ll talk to promoters, publicists, and journalists, who’ll share insights on how to get butts in your seats!

The Lounge Series is open to performers and the public, and admission is FREE. For information about the Lounge Series and how to participate, email Professional Development Manager Ian MacIntyre.



Slings & Arrows panel - Mar.9th


Join us for a look back at one of the most critically acclaimed Canadian television series ever produced, Slings And Arrows. Series creators/stars Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, and Bob Martin will discuss the origins of the series, the production, and how their backgrounds in live sketch comedy and theatre influenced their work. Come celebrate the show that gave The Wire’s David Simon “writer envy.” Moderated by series star Don McKellar.

Sunday, March 9th – 4:00pm
Lower Ossington Theatre, Studio Theatre (100a Ossington Ave.)
Open to TOsketchfest Performers and the comedy community
FREE – no registration required
For information, email Ian MacIntyre.

Sketch Writing with Kevin McDonald


Join sketch comedy icon KEVIN McDONALD (Kids In The Hall) as he offers a hands-on workshop on creating funny, exciting, and memorable sketches through improv. This is a great opportunity for beginner comedians to learn from one of the all time greats, or for experienced sketch/improv artists to shake off the dust and take some risks.

Wednesday, March 12th – 10:00am – 5:00 pm
Lower Ossington Theatre, LOT Lounge (100a Ossington Ave.)
Registration fee: $175 plus HST
Open to TOsketchfest performers and the comedy community; sketch or improvisation experience required
Register online: ENROLL NOW
contact Professional Development Manager Ian MacIntyre for info


Robin Henderson


Jazz Hands is a comedic-dance workshop specifically designed to help improvisers and comedians get out of their heads and into their bodies.  We will be learning an easy dance routine inspired by Robin’s award-winning work with Dance Animal.  This routine will help to further your on-stage physicality, facial expressions and musicality.  In addition, it will help you to create an understanding of what and why certain movement is funny, how to connect with the emotion behind the movement and how body awareness can be used as an effective comedic tool. Absolutely NO dance experience necessary.  Those with 2-left feet are most welcome. Now let me see your Jazz Hands!

Saturday, March 15th – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Lower Ossington Theatre, LOT Lounge (100a Ossington Ave.)
Registration fee: FREE
Open to TOsketchfest performers and the comedy community
Enroll now: contact Professional Development Manager Ian MacIntyre




As the Festival draws to a close, we’re offering an introductory workshop for audience members who’ve been enjoying themselves, and want to give sketch a try! Join sketch comedy veteran Carly Heffernan (Second City Mainstage, She Said What, George Strombolopolous Tonight). Come get your toes wet with a sketch comedy pro who’ll show you the ropes of getting started.

Sunday, March 16th – 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Lower Ossington Theatre, LOT Lounge (100a Ossington Ave.)
Registration fee: FREE
Open to all audience members, and the comedy community; NO experience required
Register: email Professional Development Manager Ian MacIntyre