Sam Adams, originally from Dartmouth Nova Scotia, is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Bad Dog Featured Players. Sam is one quarter of the all-female improv troupe LeBron Janes, who recently received a 2016 Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund award, and can be found performing regularly around Toronto. She writes and performs weekly as part of the award winning sketch troupe The Sketchersons. When she’s not performing, Sam co-produces a monthly show, See You Next Tuesday, with all proceeds going to the Redwood Women’s Shelter. Sam is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory Program and Bishop’s University’s Theatre Program.
Paul is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and painter. He studied film and photography at Ryerson and LIFT, and is a graduate of the Second City Writing Program. His short film NOSEBLEED premiered at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, and currently, his latest short film, A DARK BEDTIME, is making its way around the festival circuit. Visit paulaihoshi.com to check out some of his work, or follow him on twitter @PaulAihoshi.
Brittney has had the pleasure of performing around Toronto with her troupes Humble Thunder, The Sweet Potatoes and PANTSUIT. She's also been fortunate enough to take part in the Vancouver International Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon and Blockbuster Week at the Bad Dog Theatre. Prior to that she also won the coveted Mutton Bustin' trophy at the Valleyview Fair & Rodeo in 1994.
Monica Garrido is a Mexican performer, filmmaker, writer, comedian and Dance Battle Champion. Her first solo show - winner of the 2016 Queer Acts Audience Award - The Cunning Linguist was created as a part of the 2016 Emerging Creator Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her short film Diferente premiered at the 2015 Inside Out Film festival. She has had the privilege of working with companies such as Aluna Theatre, Grupo Teatro Libre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Lisa Gilroy is a writer, comedian and former Second City House Co. ensemble member. She writes and performs weekly for the Canadian Comedy Award winning troupe The Sketchersons as well as performs ensemble and solo sketch comedy for various festivals including the Toronto Sketch Festival and, more recently, Just For Laughs 42. Lisa writes weekly content for YTV’s hit Sunday program, Big Fun Movies and is the on-air host of both YTV’s Undercover High and The Zone. Presently, you can see Lisa in multiple roles on CBC Comedy’s The Beaverton.
Allison Hogg is an actor, writer and comedian. She is a founding member of the sketch duo Ladystache, who were winners of the first ever SiriusXM Sketch Off and nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Sketch Troupe. She is currently the head writer for iconic Toronto sketch troupe The Sketchersons, who perform weekly in Sunday Night Live at Comedy Bar. Allison is also a member of The Flirty Boys who recently won the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award at the Toronto Sketchfest. She has performed in a number of festivals including: JFL42, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, L.A Comedy Fest, NXNE, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Montreal Sketchfest, Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade, Dirty South Improv Fest and the Toronto International Improv Festival. She currently lives in a house in Toronto that looks like it belongs to a witch.
Zohaib is currently the head writer and producer at Fusion, a monthly sketch revue at The Social Capital. He is also a graduate of Second City’s Longform Conservatory program and performs regularly with their grad team, Grim Diesel. Recently, as part of the Fomosapiens, he wrote and performed an original sketch revue at the Edmonton Fringe, Basic Witch (Global News, 4/5). He has also performed at the Del Close Marathon 2014, BCIF 2015, BCIF 2016 and Toronto SketchFest 2016. In 2017, he can be seen at Toronto Fringe and of course, as part of Bad Dog’s Featured Players!
Sam has been improvising around Toronto for the last few years. He recently graduated from Bad Dog Theatre's Narrative Studio Series program, creating and performing in Last Bad Day, a new narrative format directed by Colin Munch. He also co-created and produced The One with Nicole Passmore and Talal Itani and will soon be debuting his two-man youth awareness campaign, ProTeen with Chip & Fred.
Clare McConnell performs monthly with hip hop improv group Notorious, and was a member of the most recent Second City House Company. She plays June Vernon in feature film Dim the Fluorescents, which will have its world premiere at Slamdance. All live show dates can be found at http://www.claremcconnell.com/
Gordon was sent to his first Second City class to fix his personality in late 2013. Since then he has continued his improv studies at The Second City, as well as at Bad Dog, UCB in New York City and The Annoyance in Chicago. He has performed internationally as a member of Orson Whales and as the ginger in Ginger and Minge. He has recently fallen in love with the art of clowning. He also won an Oscar as part of the Maya team at Alias. His personality has not been fixed.
Ryan is a Winnipeg-born, Calgary-raised improviser, actor, and educator. While living in Calgary, he was a member of The Kinkonauts Mainstage Ensemble, Obviously Improv, The Improv Guild, and co-founded Notorious. Ryan performed at Prairie Bowl and Improvaganza in the Festival Ensemble (Edmonton), the Calgary Fringe Festival with Notorious and One Lions, the Calgary International Improv Festival, and the entirety of the Kinkonauts’ 26-Hour Improv Marathon. In addition to performing, Ryan has also taught with Calgary Young People’s Theatre, the Calgary Improv School, and TELUS Spark, Calgary’s science center, where he performed live science demonstrations for tiny humans, made explosions, and taught toddlers to use saws (safely, of course).
Martha is a graduate of Second City's Conservatory and Longform Programs and Bad Dog Theatre Company's Ensemble Studio Series. She performs regularly with troupes Orson Whales, What If, and Persons. She was a swing member of the Second City House Company (2016) and is also a member of the production team of the annual longform festival, Toronto Haroldfest. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Buzzfeed, VICE's Motherboard, the Daily Beast, and she is a regular contributor to BlogTO.com. She loves pugs, coffee, and any reality show that featured child stars.
Chris Wilson is one half of 3-time Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe Peter N’ Chris. Together they have performed in acclaimed festivals such as Just For Laughs, JFL42, the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, the Chicago Sketch Fest, and earned back-to-back “Audience Choice” awards at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Chris is also a contributing writer to CBC Radio 1’s sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show, CBC Comedy, has contributed video content to CollegeHumor, and writes for the webseries White Ninja starring Paul Scheer. Chris can be seen on the Comedy Network’s The Beaverton as well as the upcoming HBO Canada show What Would Sal Do?
Carol Zoccoli is a comedian, actress and writer from Brazil. Carol has been living in Toronto for three years, during which time she’s graduated from Second City’s Conservatory Program and has been performing stand-up and improv regularly around the city. With the Bad Dog Theatre she has been part of Theatresports and The Pageant. She was recipient of the 2015 Tim Sims Encouragement Award in Toronto and was part of CBC's Accent on Toronto in 2016. Carol performs in English and Portuguese. Her TV credits include Saturday Night Live Brazil.