Guled Abdi is a 6'8" Toronto based comedian who's best known for being the tallest member of the award-winning sketch troupes Tallboyz II Men and Fusion. He has performed at OFF-JFL as well as both the Montreal and Toronto Sketchfests. He also co-produces the monthly Fusion Comedy show that showcases comedians of colour in the city. You can catch Guled performing weekly at bars you didn't know had a comedy show.
Gillian performs weekly with the Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch collective The Sketchersons, sporadically with the sketch quartet Panacea (Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2015, NOW Magazine & Torontoist), and monthly with Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll while co-hosting the stand-up show Fog and Lasers. Most recently Gillian's solo characters earned her a spot in the 2017 JFL42's New Faces: Characters Showcase. When Gillian is not performing she is failing at various DIY projects.
Emily is a Montreal bred Comedian and Writer now making her home in Toronto. Hot off a four show run at this year’s OFF-JFL festival, Emily has been featured in MProv, Montreal Sketchfest, LadyFest and Alterna Savings Crackup. Emily was a member Montreal Improv’s Narrative House Team Mary Chuck Phil, and the Canadian Comedy Award Nominated Camp Wanapoke. Emily produces and performs regularly with her duo Very Very Sad and sketch troupe Pickle Party who were selected for Best of the Fest at the 2017 Montreal Sketchfest. Emily has a degree in Classical Voice from McGill and spends her free time actively disappointing her parents by not being an opera singer.
King Chiu graduated from the Second City Longform and Sketch Conservatory Program, and was part of the 2017 Bob Curry Fellowship. He is 1/7 of the comedy troupe Not Oasis. They competed in the 2015 Big City Improv Festival TKO Tournament and performed in the 2016 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. One of King’s comedy highlights is when Not Oasis’ 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival show Alone in this Together won NOW Critics’ Pick and was the Patron’s Pick Winner. Not Oasis will be performing in the 2018 Chicago Comedy Sketch Festival and 2018 Ottawa Fringe Festival. King is currently in Bad Dog Theatre’s Ensemble Studio Series, and can be found performing with the LGBTQ+ improv show Kinsey Fail, and in the comedy webseries IndiePendent as sassy best friend Patrick.
Justin has been improvising for the last twelve years since getting hooked early by the Canadian Improv Games. He has led and competed with the Western University Comedy Club in tournaments across Ontario and Quebec and performed with local London group Shut The Front Door. In Toronto he’s worked with troupes including Star Wipe, Academy class The Dream Boats and the cinematic ensemble Michael Ceratops, where he's tackled everything from dreams to dinosaur attacks. His most scarring memory is performing an improv birthday party for a doctor and her friends while working with C3, which ended at least one relationship.
Carolyne Das is a Second City Training Centre Conservatory and Longform Conversatory graduate. She performs regularly with the Assembly house team, Jibber Jabbar and two-time World's Biggest Improv Tournament finalist, Greasy Pizza Kisses. Please ask her about her plants.
Devon is one half of TwoSon, a sketch and improv duo that has performed in Toronto, Montréal, Detroit, D.C., Seattle, and Vancouver. Last year, TwoSon received the Understudies’ Memorial Award for Sketchiest Sketch Troupe at Toronto Sketchfest. Devon performs in The Magic-er School Bus and the political satire What Happened with the Bad Dog Studio Series alumni group, Pantsuit. She is also a member of the longform group Orson Whales, a house team with The Assembly.
At 23, D.J. Mausner is already an award-winning stand-up, sketch, and improv comedian. In 2017 she performed in both the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and JFL42 in Toronto, winning the Homegrown Comics Competition and appearing in the New Faces Characters Showcase, as well as co-headlining her own show. D.J.’s harrowing sincerity has landed her spots in OFF-JFL, the Women in Comedy Festival, Bad Dog Theatre’s Summer Blockbuster Week, and The Del Close Marathon, and led her to headline at Ladyfest, The Mprov Festival, and The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. In 2016 she won the Just For Laughs Award at the Montreal Fringe for ATM: The Musical, which she co-wrote, musically directed, and performed in. Currently, she is an understudy for The Second City Touring Company, co-hosts the podcast Experts, and thinks that actually, it is cool to care. Follow her on twitter at @djmausner (or 1-800-FIGHT-ME).
Franco Nguyen is a Toronto based actor, comedian, writer and filmmaker. He is a Chicago Finalist for StandUP NBC and a Tim Sims Encouragement finalist. He was one of four Bob Curry Fellows to showcase in Chicago as part of the NBC Universal Breakout festival, hosted by SNL’s Chris Redd. As a graduate of the Second City Longform Conservatory program he is currently completing his MFA in Film and Video at York University. Franco is a proud member of the comedy troupe TallBoyz II Men, winner of the 2017 Toronto Sketch Festival Producer’s Pick award and Best New Comers at the 2017 Montreal Sketchfest. The troupe recently showcased at OFF-JFL ZOOfest and the Big City Improv Festival. Franco is a member of the longform improv team, Pepperoni Pizza Cats and is a cast member of the Second City Education Company and House Company.
Mark Shyzer has performed his solo comedies Fishbowl and Great Battles in History at over a dozen Fringe Festivals across North America, snagging a bevy of Audience Choice Awards along the way. He is also a founding member of Highbräu, nominated one of Toronto's best sketch troupes by Now Magazine. He has studied improv at Bad Dog and Second City in Toronto and Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York, performing with several troupes including Chakra Khan, Sport Enthusiasts and Tuppers. He currently writes for The Beaverton and is one half of the aristocratic musical duet Lady Mary and the Marquis van Shyzer.