About the Bad Dog Theatre Company
For over 20 years, the award-winning Bad Dog Theatre Company (previously known as Theatresports Toronto) has specialized in the art of unscripted comedy and improvised performance and has provided affordable, accessible improv training for thousands of people of all ages and experience.
Dubbed “Toronto’s improv hub” by NOW Magazine and led by renowned improv veteran Julie Dumais Osborne, Bad Dog presents Theatresports – Toronto’s longest running improv show – every Saturday plus shows throughout the week at Toronto’s premiere indie comedy venue – Comedy Bar.
The History (seriously abridged)
10 years ago, three friends (Kerry Griffin, Marcel St. Pierre & Ralph MacLeod) - hot off a game-changing improv road trip - decided that improv needed a dedicated, full-time, pedal-to-the-metal home in this city.
And so, building on the 20-year tradition of Theatresports Toronto, the Bad Dog Theatre Company was born... and with it, an honest-to-goodness bricks-and-mortar theatre space dedicated exclusively to unscripted performance. Cue a decade of excellent, affordable classes; critically acclaimed and award-nominated unscripted comedy revues; signature improvised parodies and genre send-ups; boundary-pushing experimental formats; festivals, first-times, foolishness, fun ... and most of all, the most fantastic, supportive creative community you could ever hope to find!
That physical space is now gone, but Bad Dog's legacy is entrenched and the company continues to grow and delight... now presenting shows and teaching classes at our new home base: Comedy Bar.