Every year we celebrate the back-to-school season by welcoming back Bad Dog alumni for a showcase of favourite comedy shows from Bad Dog's past & present. That's over fifteen years* of live improv! Swing by the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre any night from Wednesday, September 5 to Saturday, September 8 and you're sure to see something great.
*thirty five if you count the years we were called Theatresports Toronto!
15 duos. 15 scenes. 15 years of Bad Dog. Each veteran performer in this show will be joined by one of their improv comedy crushes for a scene inspired by a piece of Bad Dog history. Fifteen flavours of fast, funny improv to get you through the midweek hump!
ANYTHING-BUT-IMPROV TALENT SHOW
You know them for their ability to make it all up on the spot, but these comedians have a few other tricks up their sleeves. The Anything-But-Improv talent show is exactly what it sounds like: a perfect blend of genuine genius and ridiculous hijinks that is guaranteed to be a fun night. $5 or free for students!
THE MARY HAYNES AWARD GALA
Every year we recognize a member of the Bad Dog community who has gone above-and-beyond to make the theatre what it is today. The Mary Haynes Award show is a celebration of this person's contributions to the theatre, featuring a cast of all-time Bad Dog greats performing improvised scenes & classic games. This year we are overjoyed to celebrate Margaret Eaton, our past board president. Margaret is a long-time patron, donor, non-profit wizard and all around irreplaceable community member. Free!
A smash hit staple at Bad Dog for over two years, YAS KWEEN creates a space for those who identify as Women of Colour/Ethnicity (WOC) to share their voices, develop their craft, and connect with each other. Each month is a different mix of uproarious stand-up, sketch, improv, musical and storytelling performances, curated by show creator Nelu Handa, an alumna of the Bad Dog Featured Players.
This show always sells out, so buy in advance!
A classic monologue show format and a favourite from the days Bad Dog was on the Danforth! This show has featured tons of special guests (Ed The Sock, Dan Levy, Emm Gryner, Andrew Coyne & Sean Cullen to name a few!) and Homecoming Weekend is no exception. Bad Dog's founding Artistic Trio: Marcel St. Pierre, Kerry Griffin & Ralph MacLeod share stories from the theatre's early days to inspire improvised comedy from this all-star cast.
Winner takes all in this Survivor-style comedy battle for the audience's love! Each hilarious scene is scored by the crowd, and one by one, the lowest-scoring players are eliminated until only one is left standing. Fast paced and tremendously funny, this show is performed on comedy stages all around the world.
Toronto's popular alternative comedy show now calls Bad Dog home! What will happen when the creative team behind this off-the-rails show (a.k.a. Fake Cops) takes on the 'Homecoming' theme? Every month The Disaster hosts a series of special guests, each asked to do something they've never done before, live on stage. Boundary-pushing and edgy, this show is a cult classic. (And a nightmare to clean up after!) Just $5!
THE EARLY SHOW
This week's Early Show is a BDFP reunion! Our Bad Dog Featured Players alumni (many of whom you can now see in our marquee shows and on stages throughout the city) present a whirlwind of make-'em-ups. Unscripted entertainment that'll start your Saturday night right! Just $5 or free with your 8pm Theatresports ticket!
Toronto's longest running improv show (we're talking 35 years!) pits two teams of the city's best improvisers against each other to battle for the audience's love & laughs. The best part: you decide who wins! If you love live comedy, Theatresports is a must-see.
TORONTO, I LOVE YOU
An audience and critics top pick, Toronto, I Love You is the brainchild of Bad Dog's Artistic Director, Julie Dumais Osborne. This whimsical love letter to the 6ix has drawn sold out crowds to each of its runs and we welcome it back with with a stellar cast of Bad Dog favourites. Complete with a live music from celebrated artist Nick Di Gaetano, this improvised show is a best bet for a night out.