Curious about improv? Want to give it a try? Join the Bad Dog Academy Tuesdays at 7pm!
Who is it for? Our Tuesday drop-in is perfect for anyone with little-to-no experience who wants to work out their improv muscle - or give it a shot for the first time! Ideal for Foundation Series students looking to gain more experience outside of class.
You can reserve a spot for $7 ahead of time or try your luck the night of for $5. We cap these classes at 16 participants and they regularly sell out. Reserve online to avoid disappointment! You can also audit the class for $2. If the class has "sold out" online, arrive early, we will leave a number of spots available for walk ups.
A weekly showcase of our various performance classes and faculty members of the Bad Dog Theatre Company at The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor St. W.) at 8:00pm!
If you're a current Bad Dog Studio Series Student join us for ALL PLAY every Tuesday at 9:30pm.
Grab a few Bad Dog students and/or instructors and reserve a spot to play. We'll have four spaces available for reservation and one open spot on the night of. Groups will have 10-15 minutes to perform.
What do we want to see? Pretty much anything! Something you've been working on in class, a format you're jazzed about, a game you've never tried, whatever! This is your chance to get on stage, work with new people, & see what fellow students are trying out!
We'll try to schedule in advance so you can plan ahead. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org with a maximum of 2 dates you would like to reserve, the names of the people in your group and what your group is called (no pressure). You'll get a reminder the day before!
We'll send most of our sign up notifications through our Academy Facebook page, so like the page & look for openings. First come, first scheduled!
Drop-In Workshop: Long Form Sunday
Who is it for? Our Sunday drop-in is for intermediate to experienced improvisers looking to work on their long form skills.
Join us for the Sunday Drive. Take the scenic route with Bad Dog every Sunday at our brand new weekly longform drop-in followed by 10-20-30, a longform jam show that'll take you from zero to sixty in a fresh new way - mixing veteran improvisers & groups with ensembles so new they won't exist until you get there.
Micetro is Keith Johnstone’s famous Survivor-style, round-robin elimination contest, where improvisors work together to score points per scene in the hopes of being the last player standing. After each round the people with the most points continue to the next round. The person with the most points at the end of the hour is the winner, earns a $5 prize, and is guaranteed a spot in next week's show. Along the way, they are coached and guided by expert directors, who set up each scene and keep the laughs on track.
Micetro is on every Wednesday at 8pm. You can buy tickets online or at the box office the night of!
Join us on Saturday evenings for a taste of how we do what we do in our flagship show: making hilarious things up, live on the spot. Try it yourself at our 6pm Saturday Drop-In or watch as a cast of improvisers - from the very green to seasoned professionals - puts those same skills to the test in front of a live audience at 7pm in a variety of fun (& funny!) show formats, each led by one of our resident directors. It's the perfect warm-up for our main event at 8pm: Theatresports.
Back by popular demand, The Curator returns to the Bad Dog stage after a hit run in the fall of 2014. Each show is inspired by a different piece of art, chosen and introduced by that week's curator. The curator has five minutes to set the stage for our award-winning cast members, who then take over to create a completely improvised one-act comedy inspired by that work of art.
The Curator is the brainchild of Haligonian improviser Henri Geilis, lovingly adapted by the Bad Dog Theatre Company and featuring the extraordinary talents of Kayla Lorette, Sean Tabares, Evany Rosen, James Gangl, Colin Munch, Anders Yates, Dan Beirne, Kris Siddiqi, Craig Anderson, Lucy Hill & Roger Bainbridge. Directed by Bad Dog’s Artistic Director Julie Dumais Osborne.
Set in Edwardian Toronto, Rooms is a rollicking improvised farce about the lords and ladies of the house, and the domestics who serve them. Director Sandy Marshall has devised this “3D play” in a way that allows the audience to see the same window of time through the very different lenses of the inhabitants of the house. Even the best houses are not without turmoil now and again.
Starring: Ashley Marie Comeau (Live Journal, Wayward), Connor Thompson (Second City, Throne of Games), Diana Frances (Vancouver Theatresports League), Greg Komorowski (Chef in Your Ear - Food Network Canada), Lisa Merchant (Monkey Toast, Train 48), and Sam Roulston (The Expat Show). Directed by Sandy Marshall (iO Chicago, Schadenfreude)
School's back in session and Bad Dog is ready to ramp back up with a week full of beloved classics. Witness onstage antics with your favourite local comedians as we reunite some of the best and brightest from Bad Dog's past!
The Bad Dog Theatre Company’s Flagship show, Theatresports has been making Toronto audiences laugh for 30 years… Theatresports mixes the edge of your seat thrill of improv with the crowd rousing energy of a sporting event, putting you in the middle of the side splitting scenes. Toronto’s longest running improv show has been dressed-up into a tournament format like never before, the result is a hilarious roller-coaster ride that the audience can find nowhere else in the city!
Two teams of all-star improvisers go head to head on the Bad Dog stage in a battle for you love and laughter. Fast paced and full of energy, this the show to kick off your Saturday night.
Tickets get you into our 7pm Early Match show for free! Adults $12 | Students $10 Buy online or at the box office.
The award-winning Bad Dog Repertory Players reprise their fan-favourite smash hit from last year's JFL42 comedy festival… an all-out, no-holds-barred, improvised throw down. Challenged by the audience - and each other - to perform feats of improv mastery never seen before and never to be seen again, the BDRP THROWDOWN will push these unscripted comedy contenders to the limit. Come see if they’ll survive.
Dare us. We dare you.
First Saturday of every month- 9:30pm.
BDRP THROW DOWN Location: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre - 875 Bloor St. W. Tickets are $10 at the door or online. Buy Tickets
IN ONE HOUR, CAN FOUR OF TORONTO’S MOST FOUL-MOUTHED, DYSFUNCTIONALLY DEVIANT COMEDIANS TURN ONE WHOLESOME, GOOD-NATURED IMPROVISER TO THE DARK SIDE?
From the creator of the smash-hit improv juggernaut MANTOWN, Battleawesome Awesomestar, and The Second City Goes Boom! Rob Norman comes the completely unapproved, non-CRTC-regulated, comedy brothel, that is Filthy: The No Rules Improv Cabaret. At 9:30pm on the second Saturday of every month our improvisors shamelessly slink onto the stage to defile Bad Dog with a deliciously crass display of racy unscripted comedy.
A monthly celebration of debauchery! 9:30pm | 2nd Saturday of the month $10 (or just $5 with admission to Theatresports at 8pm) Buy online or at the box office. Strictly 18+ – certain to offend
Every Wednesday at 7pm (except July 1), Bad Dog runs 45 minute drop-in workshops prior to our Micetro show. The workshop is taught by that night's Micetro directors (two experienced Bad Dog performers and teachers), and is a great way to further hone your improv skills while meeting Bad Dog company members face to face.
Want to get some stage time? We pick performers for our Micetro & The Early Match shows from the drop-in workshops; if you want try and get a spot in the show, come to the workshop and put your hand up when we pick the cast (and of course, if you don't feel like playing you are more than welcome to just attend the workshop and watch the show).
Cost: $5 at the box office, which also gets you into Micetro!
Drop-In Workshop: The Early Match
Every Saturday at 6pm, we run a 45 minute Theatresports workshop! There's no need to register in advance, just show up a bit early to ensure a spot!
Want to get some stage time? We pick performers for our The Early Match shows from the drop-in workshops; if you want try and get a spot in the show, come to the workshop and put your hand up when we pick the cast (and of course, if you don't feel like playing you are more than welcome to just attend the workshop and watch the show).
COST: $7 to reserve a spot, or $5 in person- which pays for both the workshop and your The Early Match ticket. We cap these classes at 16 participants and they regularly sell out. Reserve online to avoid disappointment! You can also audit the class for $2. If the class has "sold out" online, arrive early, we will leave a number of spots available for walk ups.
Now entering it's fourth year, Big City Improv Festival (BCIF) is Canada’s largest improv showcase, featuring the best performers from across North America.
Join us in Toronto October 16-24th for nine hilarious days packed with world-class improv comedy, excellent workshops, and kick-ass parties.
*As this is a guest Festival we are unable to accept vouchers (LivingSocial, Groupon, etc)
The follow-up to director Colin Munch's spring run of The Board, The PATH is an unscripted comedy that delves beneath the surface of Toronto's underground pedestrian labyrinth of the same name. Indie businesses duke it out with corporate behemoths, cellphone kiosk empires rise and fall, eyebrow threaders lurk in every corner: there is a war waged under our feet that ends at 5pm every day... and only on weekdays.
Every Tuesday we host classes for students aged 13-17! Come stop by after school and get a taste of what improv at Bad Dog is like. Every class is different and will explore a variety of improv techniques for new & experienced performers.
You can reserve a spot for $7 ahead of time (we cap our youth classes at 12 students) or try your luck at the door for $5!
A Galaxy Far, Far Away, an unscripted comedy inspired by George Lucas' Star Wars films.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away includes familiar favorites from one of the best loved movie series of all times, with the fresh originality of unscripted comedy. Each show is a completely unique, standalone episode, in which original characters face a new set of intergalactic discoveries and dangers within the Star Wars universe. With all of the adventure, action, and imagination of the original movies, this unscripted comedy highlights the unsung (and unheard of) characters just off screen. Paying homage to its source material, A Galaxy Far, Far Away imagines a new group of unlikely Rebel alliance leaders, bizarre alien species, and evil Empire minions. If you’ve ever wondered who was keeping the dark side at bay while Luke and Leia were sharing that one weird kiss, this show is for you.
Directed by acclaimed Toronto improvisor Jess Bryson (Bad Dog Repertory Players) this production features a fantastic crew of renowned comedic performers. A Galaxy Far, Far Away encourages its audience to participate and affect the outcome of the characters' adventures, so grab your tickets, and get on board.
Bad Dog is also thrilled to announce a partnership with Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Comicon and Fan Days: Holiday Show, who will be running a contest for free tickets to our December 11th and 18th shows. To learn more, visit their Facebook page and be sure to come see us at Fan Days - December 5th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center
A very special holiday episode of a totally improvised sitcom.
Directed by Evany Rosen (Picnicface, Space Janitors), ThePageantis a wildly irreverent celebration of the best - and worst - parts of the holiday season, all gift-wrapped up in an unscripted package that pays homage to the rich tradition of "very special" sitcom episodes. Each show focuses on a different family's quest to come to terms with a huge piece of news and find the true meaning of the season (both as suggested by the audience) and culminates in the classic show-within-a-show device: the staging of a holiday pageant that pulls the whole motley cast of characters together.