Alex is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award-nominated writer and performer. He has showcased at improv festivals across North America including performances at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York, the Second City Chicago and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Alex has trained with many wonderful instructors including Jeff Griggs (Guru: My Days with Del Close), Jet Eveleth (The Reckoning), Pat O'Brien (Saturday Night Live) and Christian Capozzoli (Aerodynamics of Yes) and cut his teeth as a sketch performer in Sunday Night Live as one of the writing/performing cast members of the Sketchersons. Alex was the Head Writer and one of the stars of the hugely-acclaimed Feint of Hartimmersive comedy rock opera spectacular which began as an artist residency at the University of Toronto and concluded in a run at performance lab space Videofag, as part of their inaugural season. He has been invited to create new works for the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nocturne Halifax (Art at Night), and has created video content for the Toronto Star and VICE.
Alessandra Vite was born and raised in Toronto.
Alessandra began her acting education at The Second City and continued it by attending The Humber College Theatre Performance Program. Some of her credits include, “You Can’t Take It With You”, and “Henry V”.
Her most recent Bad Dog Theatre productions include “Wayward” and “Sundown”.
Currently she is a member of The Second City's Touring Company and The Sketchersons where she writes and performs weekly in The Comedy Bar produced show, “Sunday Night Live”.
Alastair Forbes is a Second City Mainstage Alumni, Dora Award nominee and three time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Improvisor. You may have seen him on your TV (Insecurity and The Ron James Show, CBC; The Bridge, CTV; Breakout Kings, A&E; That's so Weird, YTV) on your big screen (My Ex Ex) on your stage near you (Theatre by the Bay, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Centaur) or have seen his voice on your radio (Go!, CBC Radio One). He has written for YTV's That's So Weird and CityTV's Sunnyside. Oh, and yes, he's probably that guy from that commercial you saw. You can catch him almost every week performing with the Bad Dog Theatre or with his critically acclaimed improv troupe Bonspiel!
Anders Yates is a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated company Uncalled For, with which he's performed in improv and sketch comedy shows for well over a decade across Canada, the US and Poland. Company highlights include Hypnogogic Logic, Today Is All Your Birthdays, Blastback Babyzap and the long-running late-night cabaret The 13th Hour. Other stage credits include: Slap Shot Live! (The Second City), Forbidden Zone (Hanakengo), Humans (Tableau D'Hôte), Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Quality Slippers Productions), Possible Worlds (Uncalled For) and Dance Animal (Robin Henderson Productions). Anders has taught multi-week improv classes with Bad Dog Theatre, weekend improv workshops with Uncalled For and sketch comedy writing classes with Montreal Improv. He can currently be seen on stage as a member of the Second City's National Touring Company and on television in the Superchannel comedy 24 Hour Rental.
Lauded by no one as the next Jennifer Lopez, Ann Pornel is a member of the Second City’s Educational Company and is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory. Ann can be found every single Sunday at Comedy Bar performing with the Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe The Sketchersons in Sunday Night Live and has been fortunate enough to work with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Kevin Sorbo, Steve Little, Jerry Minor and Andy Kindler, to name a few. You can catch Ann improvising monthly with Bad Dog’s Filthy: The No Rules Improv Cabaret and is one half of the explosion of positivity that is Love On Top. She does all this while battling a crippling addiction to glamour.
Ashley Comeau is an actor, improviser, and writer hailing from Toronto. She is a Second City mainstage alumna who wrote and starred in three revues at The Second City. Her revues garnered her a Dora nomination and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. She was named runner up for Best Female Improviser in Toronto from NOW Magazine's "Best Of Awards 2014". She performs all over North America with her Sketch duo - The Lusty Mannequins, her improv duo Chomo and Cash and in many shows like Theatresports, Throwdown, and Wayward. She has performed with the likes of Martin Short, Colin Mochrie and John Cleese and is excited to be a part of Bad Dog Theatre! She is so excited that she will probably hug you if you approach her after the show!
You can follow Ashley on Twitter @ashleycomeau
Aurora Browne is an actor, writer, singer and comedienne. After completing the prestigious acting program at York University, Aurora moved on to the legendary Toronto Second City Training Centre where she dove into Toronto’s comedy scene. Aurora has been nominated for the Tim Sim’s Encouragement Fund Award and a Canadian Comedy Award. In 2001 she joined the Toronto Second City Mainstage where she wrote and performed in 5 shows. Aurora’s television credits include guest spots on The Gavin Crawford Show, The Holmes Show, and most recently as a writer and star of CTV’s Comedy Inc.
Becky Johnson is an actor, improviser and bad singer with twenty years of experience on stage and screen. She was one half of weirdo Toronto improv comedy duo Iron Cobra (with Graham Wagner) and is currently one half of weirdo Toronto improv comedy duoThe Sufferettes(with Kayla Lorette). With these and other projects, Becky has toured the world playing in such far flung locales as London, Berlin, Vienna, Ljubljana, Zurich, Atlanta, Edmonton, New York City, Paris, Vancouver, Oslo and Kitchener/Waterloo (to name a few). In Toronto, she co-produces the weekly improv show catch23 on Fridays at Comedy Bar and sporadically directs Wayward, a serialized improv show with an all-female cast, right here at Bad Dog Theatre. In scripted theatre, Becky has performed in plays and other happenings with Volcano Theatre, Suburban Beast, Harbourfront Centre and Small Wooden Shoe. You can also catch her playing three degenerating clones in the web series, Space Riders: Division Earth (onCTV extendin Canada and Union Pool worldwide). Becky has been nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in improv and has won one. Becky was voted Best Female Improviser 2014 in the NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto Reader's Choice Awards.
Carly Heffernan is an alumna of the Second City Toronto where she wrote and performed in four hit revues. She recently wrote and performed in, The Second City Guide to the Symphony which will be returning to Roy Thompson Hall next season! You may have seen her on: Spun Out (CTV), Odd Squad (PBS), George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC), The L.A. Complex (CW) or This Hour has 22 Minutes (CBC). Carly currently writes for CMT’s, Almost Genius, as well asthe CBC radio sketch show, The Irrelevant Show.
British-born comedian Chris Gibbs is best-known for the hit, award-winning, one-man comedy shows with which he tours Canada’s theatre festivals. He started performing as a comedian on the street in London’s Covent Garden, and has since played in comedy clubs and festivals all over the world. He was a regular guest on NBC’s comedy series Howie Do It, has played at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, had the lead role in the Canadian indie feature Run Robot Run, and has even had a book published; The Power of Ignorance: 14 Steps To Using Your Ignorance. His nerdy passions are old doom, tetris battle and crying at Batman.
Christian is an actor, comedian and writer that was most recently in the film The Other Half alongside Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen. He has created/directed and performed in the monthly comedy shows Showlo (character monologue) and The Hatchlings Show (sketch revue), both have been running for over a year in Toronto. He's a member of the award winning sketch comedy group The Riot and currently you can see him performing with The Second City HouseCo. Christian also had the honour to be nominated for the Bad DogTheatre Company's breakout performer in 2015.
Christy Bruce began her career improvising at The Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary where she studied with Keith Johnstone. In 2000, she moved to Toronto was hired by The Second City. She has been performing with them for over 11 years now doing shows across the county and as far away as Bosnia and Monaco. Select TV credits: The Strain, Orphan Black, The Odd Squad, Long Story Short: CBC’s 75 Anniversary, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Stay with Me. Select theatre credits include: Blind Date (Charing Cross Theatre/London, Eng., The Cultch/ Vancouver, Western Canada Theatre/ Kamloops), DINK! (The Factory Theatre, NWTF), This is Cancer(Halifax), The Forum (Stratford Festival), and “Private Lives” with Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross (Music Box Theatre/New York).
COLIN MUNCH is the Artistic Associate of the Bad Dog Theatre. He wrote and was an associate director of Spank! The 50 Shades of Grey Parody(Mills Entertainment) that is currently touring sold-out houses in the US and Canada and was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Comedic Play/Show/Revue. The Topeka, Kansas production of Spank! was once picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church, so he must have done something right. An acclaimed improviser, Colin has performed and taught workshops in festivals all over the world, including New York, Warsaw, and Improvaganza. He directed Bad Dog's unscripted parody of HBO's Game of Thrones,Throne of Games, which attracted national media attention, was selected for the 2013 Next Stage Festival, and was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Comedy Award. He writes and performs with the critically-acclaimed troupe Uncalled For and has appeared in the Toronto Fringe, SketchFest, and Next Stage Festival and the 2015 WildSide festival in Montreal. He is an active member of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated Bad Dog Repertory Players who were voted Best Improv Troupe by the readers of NOW Magazine in 2013. In 2014 Colin was named the 'Comedy MVP' of the Toronto Fringe by Glenn Sumi of NOW Magazine and Steve Fisher of Torontoist for appearing in both Bad Dog'sToronto, I Love You and Theatre Brouhaha's Punch Up. In his review for Toronto, I Love You NOW Magazine writer Jordan Bimm said, "While the entire ensemble is strong, Colin Munch stands out as one of the city's funniest actors."
Connor Thompson is a Bad Dog veteran, playing in dozens of shows over the years, including Theatresports, Hot Teachers in Love, Macro Neato, It's a Wonderful Improvised Life,and Throne of Games. He's also an alumni of the Second City Toronto main stage, where he wrote and performed in three shows, including the Dora-nominated Sixteen Scandals, the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated We Can Be Heroes, and the recent hit Rebel Without A Cosmos. As half of the sketch duo The Lusty Mannequins, he has performed in comedy festivals in Toronto, Montreal, and Milwaukee, and in 2010 he toured the Fringe Festival circuit with the critical and popular two-man hit play Dale Beaner and the Turtle Boy. In September of 2014 Connor was named one of the Top Ten artists to watch by NOW Magazine.
Conor is one of the founding members of Toronto improv troupe Sex T-Rex (aka Sexual Tyrannosaurus). He has been performing in the city for the past four years and has also appeared in shows and festivals in Montreal, Boston, New York, Ottawa, London, and probably a few more cities he can’t think of right now. He studied theater at George Brown college and has received improv training from Bad Dog, and Impatient Theater. He is also pretty sure he took a class at Second City when he was 12 or so.
Conoris a comedian and media producer. His work in both mediums focuses on creating unique narrative experiences through interactivity and audience participation. As a producer,Conor has developed projects for several major broadcasters and feature film distributors. As a comedian, he has staged odd little performances at festivals, and in art galleries, comedy clubs, and theatres across North America.
Craig Anderson has been creating and performing comedy across North America for the past 9 years. He has written and produced 3 webseries, including the LEO award nominated Mental Beast. On television Craig has appeared in Fox’s Fringe CW’s Supernatural, SyFy’s Eureka, and as a main cast member on CW’s Hellcats. On stage, this past year has seen Craig perform live with the likes of Steve Little (East Bound and Down), Jerry Minor (Arrested Development), and Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show). With the The Sunday Service, Craig won a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for best Improv Troupe, and this year Craig is again nominated in live performance as well as podcasting categories.
Craig is proud to have been recently named Improviser of the Year at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre Company where he performs with The Bad Dog Repertory Players.
Dan Beirne is a writer and actor. He has been improvising for 16 years. Born in Ottawa, he started in the Canadian Improv Games, then performed professionally with Ken Godmere before moving to Montreal for school. There he joined McGill Improv, starred in countless shows like Hey It’s Thursday, Million Dollar Challenge, and The Bitter End at Theatre Ste. Catherine. In Toronto he’s started Bl_nk City, For My Own Benefit, and Personals and performs regularly with Bad Dog and in Rapp Battlez at Comedy Bar. He is one of the co-creators of the critically-acclaimed web-series, The Bitter End. His most recent roles are alongside Robb Wells in Beat Down (2012) and Jacob Tierney in Sorry Rabbi. Dan also writes for Said the Gramophone, one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs of 2009.
Born and bred in Montreal, Dan Jeannotte works extensively in film/television acting, live comedy, professional theatre, video game performance and voice work. He is a founding member of award-winning comedy troupe Uncalled For, improv veterans and creators of high-concept sketch shows like Hypnogogic Logic, Today Is All Your Birthdays and Playday Mayday.
Dan recently finished shooting a recurring role in the first season of the Hallmark Channel’s original series The Good Witch. His other screen credits include the Bruce Willis blockbusterRed 2, the television shows Being Human, Sophie and Beauty and the Beast, along with several commercials and short films. Dan is also a recent graduate of the prestigious Actors Conservatory of the Canadian Film Center.
Dan's theatre work includes Equus, Possible Worlds (produced by Uncalled For), Till We Meet Again, Cherry Docs (which earned him a MECCA nomination for Best Actor), The Real Inspector Hound, Dracula, Hedda Gabler, As You Like It, puppeteering in The Heretics Of Bohemia and creating a spontaneous drama on stage in It’s Not You, It’s Me (An Improvised Tragedy). He has also danced, written and assistant directed for the comedy dance tribe Dance Animal.
Dan completed motion-capture and voice work for Arno Dorian, the lead role in Assassin’s Creed: Unity. This latest installment in the massively popular video game franchise from Ubisoft was released in November 2014, and since then Dan has enjoyed being a virtual voodoo doll for millions of bloodthirsty gamers across the globe.
Evany Rosen is a Toronto native and founding member of acclaimed sketch troupe Picnicface,who's titular television series on the Comedy Network has gained awards for everything from Best Writing to Best Ensemble. An accomplished improviser and standup, Evany has toured festivals across Canada, including Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Edmonton's Improvaganza. When not on stage, she can be seen starring in award winning web series Space Janitors or playing truly awkward bit parts in Canadian series like HBO's Call Me Fitz and CTV's SavingHope. She can be heard regularly on CBC's The Debaters, and as cartoon characters in upcoming series like Teletoon's The Ridonculous Race and Winston Steinburger & Dudley Ding Dong. Evany's writing credits also include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Meet the Family, Unusually Thicke, and most recently Gaming Show in My Parents' Garage on Disney XD. A Bad Dog regular, Evany can often be found lurking around the theatre performing, directing, and teaching as a member of the Bad Dog Academy Faculty. She is also an avid and highly unsolicited enthusiast of 90s fish-out-of-water sitcom, The Nanny (now on Canadian Netflix!)
Gavin has been performing improvised theatre since 2001 and performing with Bad Dog since 2012.
After completing a theatre degree at the University of Lethbridge, he joined the Loose Moose theatre company in Calgary where he trained under Dennis Cahill, Shawn Kinley and Keith Johnstone. In addition to improv, he tours written shows with his company Backyard Spaceship and is a founding member Calgary's best (and as many would observe, only) sketch company "The Late, Late Breakfast Show".
Gavin has directed, written for, and appeared in a variety of productions over the last 12 years, and is a regular performer of TheatreSports and Gorilla theatre. He is currently living in Toronto where he runs Micetro Impro with Bad Dog Theatre.
Hannah got her start on stage as an improvisor with the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated Rapid Fire Theatre at the age of 17. She has performed in numerous fesitvals across Canada including Improvagaza (Edmonton), NXNE (Toronto) and Just For Laughs 42 (Toronto). Currently residing in Toronto, she is a founding member of, and performs regularly with, the award winning Bad Dog Repertory Players. Hannah stars as the title character in the critically acclaimed web series Versus Valerie, for which she won an International Academy of Web Television Award (Best Actress in a Comedy) and was recently nominated for Best Actress in a Web Series at the Canadian Comedy Awards. She is so proud to have been a part of the creative team for Versus Valerie which holds nominations from The Digi Awards, The International Academy of Web Television Awards, TheCanadian Screen Awards, as well as a win at theThe Canadian Comedy Awards,. Other projects include the web series Save Our Skins produced by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions,and Ruby Skye P.I. produced by the CBC.
James Gangl (writer / performer/ director) was awarded Outstanding Performance and Production from NOW Magazine for his solo show Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups which also won the Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best One Person Show. James was also nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as Best Male Improviser.
James is the proud co-creator of My Tapes Movie Night, an independent film screening and the Canadian Comedy Award Nominated improvised western, Dreadwood. James also performed with The Second City theatricals cast aboard the Norwegian Dawn. James is a member of The Bad Dog Theatre Company performing and directing Theatresports as well as teaching improvisation.
James’ recent TV credits include Rookie Blue (Global, ABC), Canadian Made (History Television) Flashpoint (CTV, CBS), and But I’m Chris Jericho! (Insight Productions).
Jess Bryson hails from Vancouver, where she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Theatre. It was at UBC where she joined UBCImprov and began studying and performing improvised theatre. She studied longform with Alistair Cook, at Vancouver’s Instant Theatre, and performed in his Conservatory and Young & Spontaneous Festival. With Instant, she was lucky enough to be a part of Vancouver International Improv Festival‘s workshop series, with instructors like Crumbs, Scratch, Christian Capozolli, and Armando Diaz. She was also a mainstage performer at Vancouver Theatresports League, and before moving to Toronto, studied at Upright Citizen’s Brigade LA.
In Toronto, she has graduated from Second City‘s Conservatory program. She is now a part of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated and NOW Readers "Best Improv Troupe in Toronto" The Bad Dog Repertory Players (BDRP). She can also be seen in multiple Bad Dog productions such as: CCA nominated "Throne of Games", "Final Frontier", "Whedonesque"and "Wayward". Apart from Bad Dog, Jess improvises regularly with her teamHawkins. Jess is also a working actor in Toronto and can be seen on YTV's "Extreme Babysitting".
Jess is currently the Academy Director of the Bad Dog Theatre Company. She also teaches regularly within the Narrative Studio and Ensemble Studio programs, and teaches the weekly Academy Tuesday Drop-in workshop with Etan Muskat.
To contact Jess, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan is a Toronto based music educator, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She is a musical director with the Second City Training Centre and performs regularly as part of the improv and sketch community with Golden Ages: The Improvised Musical, Death Ray Cabaret, Troubadour and Oakville Improv Theatre. Jordan helped create and performed music for the premiere of Ballet Creole's The Ripple Effect and has performed extensively with world music ensemble Samba Squad, she can be heard on their latest album release Que Beleza.
Jordan Moffatt is a writer and improviser living in Toronto with occasional visits to Ottawa. In Toronto, he is a regular performer with the Bad Dog Theatre Company; in Ottawa, he is a cast member of Crush Improv. Jordan is also an active volunteer for the Canadian Improv Games, having acted as judge, referee, and trainer in the Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and National Tournaments.
Jordan’s short fiction can be found in Feathertale, The Big Jewel,Defenestration Magazine, The Higgs Weldon, Hobo Pancakes, Typehouse Magazine, and more. His story “My Dog is Confucius (Yes, that Confucius)” was recently featured in Broken Pencil Magazine’s Indie Writers Deathmatch. Jordan is also the co-founder and co-editor (with comedian Tom Hobson) of the quarterly online humour magazine Vandercave (vandercave.com).
Kayla Lorette has been nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards for her work as an improviser and a Gemini for performance on YTV’s That’s So Weird. Her improv duo, The Sufferettes, have toured across Europe, allowing her to perform and teach in such places as Berlin and Paris. She also starred in Picnic Face’s first feature film, Roller Town. You can see her roller skate very poorly if you have American Netflix.
Ken Hall is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner (Best Breakout Artist) and multiple CCA award nominee. Ken is also an award winning director, actor, teacher and playwright and is one half of the critically acclaimed comedic duo 2-MAN NO-SHOW.
He has had the pleasure to work for Cirque de Soleil and has studied Clown with Master Clown instructors, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote and Paolo Coletto , Commedia d'ell Arte with Amsterdam's Teatro Punto and Bouffon with Adam Lazarus here in Toronto. Ken has also studied improvisation at The Second City (Toronto), iO Theare (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago) and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade (NYC).
Ken has appeared in numerous film and television roles such as the award winning feature film Patch Town (Toronto International Film Festival), Mistletoe Over Manhattan (Hallmark Channel), and a guest star role on Lost Girl (Showcase). He is also known as the "Hot Dog Guy" from the NY Fries commercial and can be seen in an upcoming episode of Tiny Plastic Men with Kevin McDonald on Super Channel.
Ken teaches improv, clown and public speaking at The Second City in Toronto.
Kevin Vidal is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto. He wrote and performed in two Mainstage revues, Sixteen Scandals and We Can Be Heroes. You can currently catch Kevin on CityTV's Sunnyside. Other recent theatre credits include Rent (Fallen Rock Productions/the LOT) and Hairspray (Curtain Call Players).
Kirsten Rasmussen does a lot of things, most of them funny.
She is an improviser, an actor, a sketch artist, a stand-up comedian and a sit down playwright. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
She was raised in Lumsden Sasktachewan. A small hockey town north of Regina where Kirsten learnt the importance of dog loving, rooster hating and the endless hilarity of spandex. At the age of fifteen wielding a fog machine and voicing an offstage moth, Kirsten had her first theatrical experience, and she was hooked.
She studied theatre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she received a BFA in acting and almost an BA in Honours Drama... (almost). She became a member of Rapid Fire Theatre and got addicted to the wonderful world of improv. She had the pleasure of playing with Rapid Fire Theatre for three years, becoming a senior player and touring with them to festivals in Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. She also wrote many hilarious and quirky shows with mega talent and current Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre Amy Shostak. Their shows Garbage Island, Hag, Kiss My Bus, and Social Sundays played at various festivals and venues across the The City of Champions.
In 2010 Kirsten moved to Montreal. She was a cofounder and director of the Montreal Improv Theatre where she taught classes, directed, produced and performed. Some of Kirsten's favourite improv shows in Montreal were You & Me and Me & You (co-starring Dan Jeannotte), Dick & Honey (co-starring Brent Skagford), The Jam (featuring musicians from all over the city), Way The Hell of Broadway (musical troupe), and Captain Spaceship (a project created by Shane Adamzack)
Kirsten’s known best in Montreal for her two award winning solo shows. Blink Blink Blink and Tough!. Blink Blink Blink won best of fringe in 2011, and went on to a spot at the Centaur’s Wildside Festival. Blink was also nominated for Just for Laugh’s Best Comedy and also a MECCA (Montreal English Critic’s Circle Awards) for Best New Script. Tough!, Kirsten’s second solo show won the Beyond the Mountain Touring award at 2012 Fringe. Her new solo Chuckin’ Guffs was featured last fall at the Montreal Improv Theatre.
Kirsten also co-hosted The Edge of The City (an Arts and Culture podcast in Montreal), Shut up & Laugh Wednesdays at Burritoville (Stand-up) and L'Apres Fringe/13th Hour at the Montreal Fringe Festival.
In January 2013 Kirsten moved to Toronto waving goodbye to beautiful cafe au laits and melt in your mouth croissants. In Toronto Kirsten is part of the talented ensemble of The Sketchersons who do their weekly show Sunday Night Live every (you guessed it) Sunday at the Comedy Bar, she is an understudy for the Second City National Touring Company, a teacher at the Second City Training Centre and a regular player and teacher with The Bad Dog Theatre.
A Toronto based comedian and writer, Kyle is a founder of the Halifax-based sketch comedy group Picnicface, which fetched 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards for best tv show, best writing, and best acting ensemble. Kyle has performed improv, standup and sketch at all the major festivals in Canada including the Vancouver Comedy Fest, Halifax Comedy Fest, and Just For Laughs in Montreal. He'll be performing sketch comedy at JFL 42 in September, and he regularly improvises with the Canadian Comedy Award nominated Bad Dog Repertory Players. Kyle just finished a run of Slapshot Live! at Second City Toronto and can catch him on the upcoming season of Much Music's Video on Trial torching a Justin Timberlake video, despite the fact that he totally digs it.
Kyle has taught improvisation and sketch comedy with the Canadian Improv Games, serving as assistant regional director of the Maritimes, as well as teaching at The Improv Camp in BC, a specialty workshop at The Second City in Toronto, and is a regular instructor of the Bad Dog Theatre Company's Foundation program.
Kris Siddiqi is a Toronto-based actor, improviser, sketch performer, writer, director and producer. Kris has written 3 main stage revues with the Second City Toronto: Second City for Mayor (Dora Nominated for Best Esemble), Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes, & This Party’s a Riot! His children’s musical ‘Maravilla: The Heroic Monomyth’ received high praise from children, parents, and reviewers throughout Toronto! Kris has appeared on MuchMusic and MTV Canada, played a role in the Gemini winning Showcase series ‘Cock’d Gunns’, has written for and hosted YTV’s Saturday morning show CRUNCH!, asked for a beer (twice!) on CTV’s Dan for Mayor, appeared in the Showcase series Almost Heroes, had a recurring role on MTV’s Scare Tactics, and played a surly vampire on My Babysitter’s a Vampire. While working at the Bad Dog Theatre Company (2006-2010) Kris was the co-creator of Dreadwood, the serialized/improvised tale of the gold rush in 1890′s Canada, and the improvised homage Battleawesome Awesomestar, which were both nominated for Best Comedic Play as part of the Canadian Comedy Awards . He is now enjoying stand-up, directing & teaching as well as producing his 2 man show Egg Zeppelin, an improvised day in the life of two short order cooks.
Lindsay is an actor, improviser, writer and director - originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program, and has been kicking around the Bad Dog since 2004, performing in such shows as Hot Doctors inLove and Theatresports. She was also on the production team behind the Canadian Comedy Award Nominated Doctor Whom: Improvised Adventures in Time and Space. Recently, Lindsay has been writer and co-producer of Teh Internets Quiz Show, a monthly comedy panel quiz show about our favourite system of tubes, the Internet.
Lindsay Mullan is an actress and improvisor living in downtown Toronto. Originally from Calgary, Lindsay got her start in improvisation at the Loose Moose Theatre Company where she performed consistently for 5 years. Lindsay is also a graduate of Mount Royal University where she obtained a Theatre Arts diploma in 2010. Lindsay now focuses her efforts on generating new theatrical work, auditioning for roles in front of the camera, and teaching improv classes. You can catch Lindsay on the Bad Dog stage both as a performer and an occasional instructor.
Actor, improvisor, instructor, corporate facilitator, Lisa Merchant has been improvising/acting for 28 years. She is a multiple nominee and winner of numerous Canadian Comedy Awards. Lisa was one of the cast of the Gemini nominated Joe Blow Show. She created and produced Toronto’s longest running comedy festival, March of Dames. Some television credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, Train 48, Listen Missy, Go Girl!, to name a few. She performs monthly in Monkey Toast, the live improvised talk show, now in its 12th year. Lisa is an understudy for the highly acclaimed Women Fully Clothed. She is a 20+ year Senior Faculty member at The Second City Training Centre and corporate facilitator with Bad Dog Theatre and The Second City Works division. Additionally she is extremely proud to have delivered improvisation workshops to Canada’s Olympic Team hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games as well as Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Liz is a graduate of the University of King’s College with a Combined Honours degree in Early Modern Studies and Theatre Studies. Her most recent theatre credits include: As an actor –The Memory In the Mud (Words In Motion theatre), My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna Be Laundry (Wit’s End), Ubu Enchained (KTS). As a director- ‘The Project’ an evening of sketch comedy (Wit’s End), Titanic, (Wit’s End), The Anger In Ernest and Ernestine (The KTS). As a producer- Endgame (KTS), Man of La Mancha (KTS). Liz also oversaw the 2009/2010 season of the King’s Theatrical Society as President. Liz has always had a focus in improv and sketch comedy both as a student at The Second City and performer with Wit’s End and assorted sketch troupes in Toronto. Lizis currently working with Words In Motion, an arts education organization, on a project called ‘Friendship in Action’ as a performer and educator, a well as with her improv troupe ‘Hawkins“.
Liz directed Wit’s End Theatre‘s inaugural production of Christopher Durang’s Titanic as well as the most recent sketch show entitled ‘The Project’. She played Betty in Sure Thing, And Sandra in the first performance of My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna Be Laundry not performed by the author herself.
Lucy Hill is an improviser, actor, and theatre creator. She hails from Regina, Saskatchewan originally, but is now making roots here in Toronto. She began improvising in high school through the Canadian Improv Games then moving on to join the Combat Improv Ensemble. She is one half of the improv duos Business and Dot & Mae, which have toured to the Vancouver International Improv Festival, The Winnipeg Improv Festival, The General Fools Festival, and Duofest. Lucy’s work as an actor and theatre creator has taken her across the country. Lucy’s one-woman, half-mask show Bertha premiered at Globe Theatre and later toured to Edmonton and Saskatoon, receiving unanimous critical acclaim in each city. Recent theatre credits include: The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy (Caravan Farm Theatre); Sleeping Beauty, I, Claudia, Pride & Prejudice, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); That Summer, The Clockmaker (Theatre NorthWest); Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward the Crazy Man (Persephone Theatre). Up next Lucy is going back to Regina to premiere her newest show A Date with the Night. And guess what! She has a website! www.lucyadelehill.com
Hi i’m Matt Folliott and i’m a comedian/actor born and raised in toronto were i currently perform with comedy groups chad mallett, pride cops!, s&p and k$m. I can also be seen regularly on shows like rapp battlezz, bad dog theater's filthy & catch 23. I've traveled all across north america performing comedy in festivals like improvaganza (edmonton, ab) the vancouver international improv festival, the out of bounds comedy festival (austin, tx), mprov (montreal, qb) and the del close marathon (new york, ny) just to name a few and keep this bio moving. I’m also an instructor at second city (toronto) and have had the pleasure of being in and voicing numerous national tv commercials.
Marcel St Pierre
Marcel is a founding member and former Artistic Director of The Bad Dog Theatre Company and has performed with sketch and improv groups like The Second City Tourco (Toronto), Canadian Comedy-Awarding winning Monkey Toast, The Stand-Ins (appearing on CBC Television's Sketchcom, 1998) and Frightwig (2003 Centaur Theatre Award, Best English Play, Montreal Fringe).
He is currently 1/2 of Egg Zeppelin: The Original Music, Bacon & Comedy Show and can be seen around town doing stand-up and improv at Bad Dog Theatre, Comedy Bar, The Social Capital Theatre and points in between. He is gluten and dairy-free and will talk to you about it needlessly and repeatedly.
My name is Mark. I am a robot who has been programed to have feelings. However, I was bitten by a zombie. Now all i crave is companionship… companionship and brains. It’s all very confusing.
Monica Heisey is a writer and comedian who performs improv and stand up around Toronto. She's written a book, I Can't Believe It's Not Better, and you can buy it!
Nadine is an actor and improviser originally from Montreal. She has studied improv since 2008 at NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Bad Dog Theatre, and The Second City. She is co-creator of the web series Newborn Moms (Winner Just For Laughs Web Pitch Program) and a member of the Cream of Comedy nominated sketch troupe The Weaker Vessels. Recent credits include The Naughty Listers (Second City Theatricals), Princess Polly and the World's Smallest Ninja (Second City Theatricals) and SQUAT: A Super Secret Back Alley Musical (Toronto Fringe, NOW Outstanding Ensemble). She performs improv regularly with Kliffer Entertainment's Dark Secrets and Golden Ages: A Fully-Improvised Musical.
Nicole Passmore is an improviser and comedian who has been performing regularly for 17 years, and teaching improv for over a decade. Originally hailing from Instant Theatre Company in Vancouver, Nicole now makes her home as a faculty member and player at the Bad Dog Theatre Company in Toronto. Whether solo or with one of her troupes (Virginia Jack, Benjamins, The Royal We), she has performed at festivals across North America, including Improvaganza (Edmonton), Duofest (Philadelphia), VIIF (Vancouver), Stumptown (Portland), Out of Bounds (Austin), and the Detroit Improv Festival. Nicole has been a trainer and coach with the Canadian Improv Games at the national level, is the reigning Bad Dog Globehead Tournament winner, was voted Bad Dog's 2015 "Favourite Instructor", and can be heard in multiple episodes of the award-winning podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself.
Nigel Downer wrote and performed in four critically-acclaimed mainstage comedy revues with The Second City. He can be seen performing improv around the city, and on television as a frequent guest on TSN's Off The Record and Cabby Presents, as well as the guy making funny faces in numerous commercials (Caramilk's "Ahhhh" guy; The Source's "Sequence" guy, the McDonald's "You don't know what that means, do you?" guy, among others). Nigel has played in numerous comedy and improv festivals across North America, and continues to teach at The Second City Training Centre because he feels he has something to say... All. The. Time.
Mike “Nug” Nahrgang has been seen in many commercials & in films such as The Love Guru, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, & Dark Rising: Summer Strikes Back. You may also know him as Jake from Evil Dead: The Musical. Nug has won 3 Canadian Comedy Awards & produces the improvised comedy podcast Illusionoid (available on iTunes). Illusionoid has twice won the Bad Dog Theatre’s Globehead Improv Tournament. Nug loves Game of Thrones, Throne of Games, and games.
Paloma performs regularly with the Bad Dog Repertory Players who were recently nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award (CCA), for best improv troupe. She has also been co producing the CCA Nominated Throne of Games, where she played Cersei Lannister. When not doing Make em Ups, Paloma dabbles in theatre, including a one woman show written by Carmen Aguirre, Chile Con Carne-produced by the Alameda Theatre Co. Paloma currently teaches at the Second City Training Centre and understudies the Second City's National Touring Company
Rob Norman has toured performing comedy in New York, Chicago, Moosejaw, Edmonton, and the Caribbean. He is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee, and a founding member of the troupe MAYBE which the Toronto Star heralded as “the next generation of great Canadian sketch comedy”. As a director, Rob is the creator of the hit shows Battleawesome Awesomestar, and The Second City Goes BOOM! Currently he can be heard and seen on numerous radio and television spots and occasionally on television (The Border, Being Erica). Rob can be seen live in the testosterone-infused improv juggernaut MANTOWN and Filthy: The No Rules Improv Cabaret, or with the internet phoneme Sexy Nerd Girl where he is contributing writer.
Roger Bainbridge is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, where was the recipient of the Second City Encouragement Award. He is a member of the comedy group Tony Ho. He is also a writer and performer for Henri Faberge’s Feint of Hart and Henri Faberge’s Heligoland Follies.
Sean Tabares has been performing with the Canadian Comedy Award nominated BDRP since it's origin, and has loved being a part of such shows as This Canadian Life and The Guest List, among others. Very excited to begin the run of Toronto, I Love You and add another wonderful show to the BDRPs repertoire! Beyond this, Sean has been performing with the Bad Dog for years in Theatresports, the Globehead tournament, and more recently in Throne of Games at the Next Stage Festival. With PROJECTproject, he's toured numerous festivals around North America, including Out Of Bounds in Austin and the Del Close Marathon in NYC, the Vancouver International Improv Festival, and more! He's also performed with The Second City on cruise ships. Improv in the Bermuda Triangle? Truly an international performer! He's currently an understudy for their National Touring Company. In his improv journey, he's earned several Canadian Comedy Award nominations for various troupes and shows as well as one win for Best Male Improvisor. He should really get the statue to his mom's house. She'd like that.
2011 Canadian Comedy Award Winner for Best Female Improviser, and current nominee for Now Magazine’s Best of Toronto, for Best Female Improviser. Sarah started her comedy career at Humber College’s Comedy: Writing and Performance program in Toronto. She has travelled all over North America doing what she loves, performing in New York, Austin, Chicago, Boston, and Vancouver, just to name a few. Right now you can catch Sarah performing with Toronto's Second City in their National Touring Company. She is also an alumni member of the sketch troupe The Sketchersons (Canadian Comedy Award nominee and winner), performing in Comedy Bar’s Headlining show Sunday Night Live. She loves improvising with her improv troupes The Bad Dog Repertory Players (current Canadian Comedy Award and Now Magazine’s Best of Toronto Nominees for Best Improv Troupe), Cool Chicken, and Love On Top. Some of her TV and web credits include, The Smart Woman’s Survival Guide, Sketchersons TV, CMT’s Hit or Miss, Warehouse 13, Space Janitors seasons 1 and 2, and Comedy Bar seasons 1 and 2.
Andy Hull is as actor and writer who's been working in Canadian comedy for 10 years. He is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award Nominated Sketch Comedian and Writer and has won CCA's for Best Sketch Troupe (The Setchersons) and Best Webseries as well as a Canadian Screen Award for best webseries both for Space Janitors.
Andy has also been featured as an actor in Geek & Sundry's Space Janitors, BiteTV's Comedy Bar, PBS's Odd Squad and recently alongside Kevin MacDonald (Kids in the Hall) and Jay Baruchel (This is the End) in FX's Man Seeking Woman.
Andy lives at home in Toronto with his very talented fiancee Sarah Hillier, his barfy cat Bella and his Magic cards.
Scott Lloyd is an improviser and instructor born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. He started improvising in 2005 with the Canadian Improv Games where he eventually joined the administrative team, acting as regional director of the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island tournament for five years.
While attending Mount Allison University, where he received his BA in Drama and English, he co-founded FLiNT Improv Co. With FLiNT Scott was a main stage improviser, performing twice a week in improvised sit-coms, musicals, and writing for their monthly sketch show.
Scott has studied and performed from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC, Studying with instant theatre co. on Canada’s west coast, and with Keith Johnstone at the Celebration Barn Theatre in Maine, USA. Before moving to Toronto, Scott was selected to the performance ensemble of the first annual East Coast Improv Festival in Halifax.
Currently, Scott is acting Youth Programming Coordinator at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. He also is an active youth instructor at the theatre frequently teaching Youth academy and youth performance ensemble.
Trained both by the Bad Dog and the Second City’s Conservatory Program, THOMAS MACKAY has been a long-standing member of the “Harold” improv format troupe Operation Burning Sky. Tom has also played in a number of parody show runs at the Bad Dog including Hot Teachers In Love, Twisted Christmas Carol and Man Men. He’s been lucky enough to be part of three Canadian Comedy Award-nominated shows including Dreadwood and Troubadour.