30 Rock, Big Hero 6
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Mad TV, Futurama
Veep, Drunk History
30 Rock, Seth Meyers
Superstore, Super Fun Night
Mr. Show, SNL
Mr. D, Picnicface
Baroness von Sketch Show
SNL, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Kids in the Hall, Hannibal
Modern Family, Detroiters
Sean Will Sam Epstein
808 Hip Hop Improv is a Long Form Hip Hop Musical Improv Team that continues to be a prolific and popular team in the Los Angeles Improv and Musical Improv community for over 7 years with a consistent audience draw at their monthly show, “Da Club” at The Clubhouse and formally “808 House Party” at iO West. 808 has also toured the national and international improv and comedy improv festival circuit.
Clover Honey Whileaway
Aside from eating chips, improv comedy is our favourite thing to do. We believe in this political climate, that it is important for young women like ourselves to express our creative voices and support one another. So far we have produced and performed in two shows at The Social Capital Theatre, both of which were a great success. Not only do we perform, but we aim to include young and up-and-coming comedians with a focused platform on showcasing women, LGBTQ+, and POC comedic performers voices in future shows that we aspire to produce.
Marcel St. Pierre
Proudly hailing from Toronto Canada, FAKE COPS is a troupe known for playing a balance between intelligent and
absurd scenes. Performing an original form that involves drawing inspiration from the preceding scene to create
a butterfly style of cause-and-effect that connects each scene together while establishing a common theme.
Fake Cops has established a local following within Toronto thanks to their outlandish theatre-packing productions
such as the alternative comedy showcase “The Disaster” and an improvised battle arena “The Thunderdome.”
In 2015, FAKE COPS won the “Emerging Ensemble” award under the Tony & Pat Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts presented by Bad Dog Theatre. This award supported the creation of their new improvised show entitled "Fake Cops Presents: A Fantastic Journey....at all costs" which was directed by Second City Mainstage alumni Kirsten Rasmussen.
Having performed at festivals in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Detroit and Ottawa, the well-traveled troupe prides itself on its multi-talented cast with backgrounds in writing, acting, music, stand-up, sketch, athletes, directing and poetry - all of which are brought to the stage. Also we're buds and we like hanging out and doing 'bits.'
Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd
Gentleman Frog is Adrian Beattie, Anne Goad, Antony Hall and Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd. The four froggies are two years in the making and perform on stages all over Toronto. Now they are ready to take the Improv festival circuit by STORM. Members have participated in festivals such as SheDot Festival, Tiny Deck Festival and Big City Improv Festival. We stumbled upon each other in the comedy scene and just want to have the most fun on stage. NO REGRETS.
Beginning as improv classmates together, Nicolas, Chris, Mike, Jackson, Brett, and Jonathan get the idea of drinking their way to better improv. Their troupe motto: "Do it Joy and Confidence" leads them to better friendship and one amazing show, where true support is the only rule.
Orson Whales is made up of Toronto's most dedicated Harold players. With individual credits from Second City Education Company and House Company, Bad Dog Featured Players, and instructors from The Assembly, Second City, and SoCap, Orson Whales has performed in tons of festivals and taught workshops at Montreal Improv and Syracuse Improv. OW would be a great fit for BCIF with our fun sets, interesting POV, and stellar longform.
Nuverre and Tom are a couple of dumdums who really enjoy sharing the stage with each other. People seem to enjoy us. We've travelled to a bunch of festivals and play monthly shows back home. We had the pleasure of playing BCIF last year and think it would be neat to do have a chance to play this year too.
Bradley Bandit Brooks
Fresh out of Social Capital third floor, our well diverse troupe has been rehearsed weekly for a year and a half
and coached by Matt McCready and Kirsten Rasmusen. Recently, Re-Re-Replay has performed twice on our first
festival at Toronto Celebration of Improv Festival.
Every single members of our troupe have been trained in all the best comedy schools in the city such as the Second City, the Social Capital, Bad Dog Theatre and The Assembly.
Years after meeting on a Grade 3 playground, Andy Assaf and Dimitri Kyres began improvising together. They founded Goddamn Bear, an improv troupe and production company, and later collaborated as a duo with Frank Mythic. As both a live show and a podcast, the Frank Mythic Hour has delighted audiences in Montreal, Vancouver, and New York, and was featured in Bad Dog's 2018 Blockbuster Week in Toronto. Andy and Dimitri produce and collaborate in numerous other shows, including Fringe 2017 award nominated improvised cop comedy PRECINCT, Off-JFL shows ‘Films in Focus’, ‘Video Island’, and the regularly occurring ‘Sunday Sunday’ improv show.
Troupe is made of a roster of performers including: Zohaib Khan
Babel has been one of the Bad Dog Test Drive festival stand out. Since the festival in March, we performed at Blockbuster week and various shows accross the city
Comprised of the Bad Dog Theatre Season 2 Featured Player, the Raccoons turn your trash into joy with lively tales weaved together on the spot.
Made up of Second City Toronto MainStage Alumni Kirsten Rasmussen and Leigh Cameron, The Bloody Marys have appeared in festivals across Canada and the US, including the Vancouver International Improv Fest, the Ottawa Improv Festival, Big City Improv in Toronto, the Stumptown and All Jane Festivals in Portland, Oregon and Montreal’s Zoofest/off JFL. They are also very proud to have won the Bad Dog Theatre Company’s coveted 2017 Globe Head Trophy.
K$M is Kirsten Rasmussen and Matt Folliott and of course a dollar sign. Kirsten and Matt have been performing
together for two years, their aggressive fast paced style was born out of slaughtering houses at Catch23 on
the regular. They've toured to Vancouver for the International Improv Festival and to Montreal Improv Festival
to great acclaim and this year have been nominated for Best Improv Troupe in the Canadian Comedy Awards. Matt
Folliott is sought after coach, teacher and has toured North American improv festivals extensively with his
groups S&P and ChadMallet and he is currently nominated for Best Improviser from Now Magazine. Kirsten also
a coach and teacher is currently on the mainstage at Second City Toronto, and nominated for Best Improviser
for Canadian Comedy Awards. Dollar Sign is money, and we all love money.
Dale, Dave and Vance have been veterans of the Montreal comedy scene for years. Dale teaches Harold and Armando at Montreal Improv and is the producer of the regular series Troubadour; David is co-producer of the biweekly Harold night The Haunt and was the co-creator and co-star of Fringe Improvised with DJ Mausner, nominated for Best Comedy at this year's Montreal Fringe; and Vance is the producer of 50/50, which has been performed to sellout audiences at OFF-JFL, the Ottawa Improv Festival and Mprov, and is the new Academy Director at Bad Dog Theatre.
Jennifer Ashleigh Llyod
Bird Love started out in the Narrative Studio Series at The Bad Dog Theatre in 2016. Since then they have produced various shows including Canadian Horror Story (second season is coming up Oct 24th), and have performed at festivals such as BCIF.
We are all from the first term of the Second City Conservatory program
Colour Outside the Lines showcases players from all over the world - including Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Kenya,
UAE, Azerbaijan, and Venezuela. Our players additionally come from diverse faith backgrounds, age brackets,
and linguistic backgrounds. As we always begin our set with personal storytelling, we're able to tangibly represent
these narratives on stage.
Player's accolades include New York’s Del Close Marathon, Big City Improv Festival, Bad Dog’s Combustion Festival, Big Pond Improv Festival, Ladyfest Montreal, Montreal Sketchfest, MPROV, OFF-JFL, Ottawa Improv Festival,the St. Ambroise Fringe Festival, Vancouver International Improv Festival and more!
Various players have also been featured on Montreal Improv's house teams past & present.
Nico Rice Shohana Sharmin
Fine, Fresh, Fierce. Not Oasis is a sketch & improv comedy troupe comprised of seven buds who met in the Second
City's Conservatory program. Now, they have too much dirt on each other to part ways. Not Oasis formed to compete
in (and were runners-up) in the 2015 BCIF TKO. Today Not Oasis members are Second City instructors, Bad Dog
Featured Players, and are seen in Kinsey Fail, Yas Kween, Comedy Against Humanity, The Beer Beer Comedy Show,
Catch 23, Clue Live!, and the TV show SUITS! We're BCIF babies, all grown-up.
Brittney Drysdale and Sam Roulston are Champagne Boyfriend. They're just two idiots doing improv on stages all across North America and also Africa! Champagne Boyfriend will be performing in Mama City Improv Festival 2018 (Cape Town).
They were once described as having "nearly no personal boundaries on stage" which they have decided to take as a compliment. It's not a Champagne Boyfriend show unless Sam and Brittney spit take white wine into each other's faces. You can follow Champagne Boyfriend on Instagram @champagneboyfriend.
Simone Dorie Hayley Kellett
The Making-Box Brigade is Guelph's own professional improv ensemble. Made up of fiercely funny pals, this troupe is has a solid foundation in comedy and friendship. The Brigade prides itself on a performance style that's a blend of emotional grounded work and ridiculous chaos. Having trained with Canadian Comedy Award and Dora Award winning coaches, this team specializes in long form improv with a focus on The Armando and The Harold. We bring our signature brand of comedy to the stage across our community, injecting joy in to local festivals, carnivals, elementary schools, outreach groups and are the feature team of the Guelph Comedy Festival. We believe we can build community through comedy.
This comedy coven knows how to conjure a wicked brew that’ll kick you right in your heart strings. Unapologetically mouthy with a hint of the absurd, Cherry Beach is an award winning cast that doesn’t hold back.
Connor Thompson Jenna Warriner
With numerous musical credits to the casts’ name and 40+ years of comedy experience between them, the cast of
Songbuster have a strong history of entertaining audiences with music and comedy. With a cast like this, you're
guaranteed a great show!
Tricia Black, Kyah Green, Alexandra Hurley, Reid Janisse, Stephanie Malek, Josh Murray, Nicky Nasrallah, Connor Thompson, and Jenna Warriner
Musical Director: Ayaka Kinugawa
We're just three middle aged guys who call it like it is. Guaranteed laughs and arguing. We're perfect for BCIF because we bring something new to the table
Andrew Kenneth Job
Alexander Joseph Parra
Andrew Job: Toronto born, Vancouver grown Improviser. Andrew has been honing his comedy skills for many a year,
from his team at CIG coming in 6th-ish to dominating the rookie league at Vancouver Theater Sports in Vancouver.
Andrew has a must see comedy style
Alex Parra: Alex, like Andrew, was also born. He swears he will never watch "Solo: a star wars story" and clearly enjoys writing bios a little too much.
We are: Alaric Mckenzie-Boone
Coached by the inimitable Andrew Bushell
Scam Algie is a proud Assembly Grad Team. Our members have trained in the Assembly Longform Program, the Second City Sketch Conservatory, and just about every improv school in Toronto.
Eña is a troupe formed from Bad Dog Theatre's Ensemble Studio Series. With players from an array of backgrounds – including writers, actors, musicians, public servants, members of the critically-acclaimed sketch group Not Oasis, and creators of CBC Comedy's “Neighbors” – this is a team that’s ready to attack the stage to get the room laughing! Having worked together for over a year under the direction of Nicole Passmore, Eña is excited to have the opportunity to bring their signature format, The Feed, to the BCIF stages!!
The "shit heads of improv". We make sexy made up chaos on stage.
DVG is a Longform Improv troupe that believes everything is fair game on stage. DVG recently performed at the Del Close Marathon (NYC) and the Detroit Improv Festival but you can catch them performing regularly around the GTA.
Let's get weird.
Isabel Kanaan Jillian Welsh (invites are out but waiting for confirmation)
Female/non-binary/women identified cast members attempt to recreate a classic movie that everyone knows, and
re-tell it, probably badly. Off the top we ask for a suggestion of a classic movie, like Ghostbusters, that
everyone has seen, we ask them to give us a brief rundown of the story and some of their favourite parts, and
then proceed to recast and retell that story, destroying it in the process.
This show is ridiculous fun, high energy and full of twists and turns. Current core cast is Kyah Green, Stephanie Malek, Kaitlin Morrow and Liz Johnston but other cast members will be confirmed.
We'd like 15-30 minutes but can work with any amount of time!
Soul Decision is made up of Kevin Vidal (nice guy) and Christian Smith (cool guy). This improv/sketch duo performed in JFL42 (2017) as well as the Black & Funny Improv festival in Minnesota and other festivals inside/outside of Ontario. Christian is a member of the Second City Touring Company and Kevin an alumni of their MainStage. You can catch their web series on CBC Comedy called "Soul Decision Comedy Presents" right now! Both are actors and writers but most of all they’re nice boys
Delta Squad in its current form is: Daniel Fishbayn
Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller
Delta Squad began in 2015 as the b-unit "Training Squad" of the U of T Improv team, before quickly branching
off and spreading our wings as Delta Squad. We started performing regularly in showcases around Toronto and
eventually began producing our own monthly longform show, Triple Effed (Friendship, Food, and Fun!) at SoCap.
Since wrapping up Triple Effed in November 2017, the Squadsters have been spread across the four corners of the Toronto improv community. Daniel and Fateema have been training in the Bad Dog Academy's Longform and Narrative programs, graduating as members of the Jess Bryson-helmed narrative troupe Indoor Recess. Daniel stretched his narrative brain even further through Etan Muskat's brand-new Adaptation course earlier this year, developing a new narrative format, HAUNTED, that played to glowing reviews at Bad Dog Theatre's Blockbuster Week. Meanwhile, Rabiya graduated with honours from the Second City Conservatory, Mark has risen through the Assembly with his troupe Scam Algie, and Robbie continues to crush it as a member of America's Next Top Blank and the improvised dramedy Max Justice. This Fall, Delta Squad is poised to make our comeback!
A number of us have performed at festivals including Del Close Marathon, Blockbuster Week @ Bad Dog, Toronto Festival of Improv and more. This would be Delta Squad's first official festival entry as a troupe, and we'd be so excited to make our debut!
Michelle McLeod Amanda Parker.
Our show is an improvised Hangover and features a predominantly female cast. Each cast member has their own distinct voice and is a wonderful representation of Toronto. To top it off, we're also best buds so performing with these incredible people is pure magic.
We were trained as a group by Sex T Rex in 2017 and have performed in Blockbuster Week, TKO (semi-finals), Test Drive and around the city. Our troupe members have been trained in Toronto and Montreal including Bad Dog, Second City Conservatory and have performed and produced shows around the city and Canada.
Hot C formed when part of an Assembly class would go get hot chocolate after class every week. Our bond (and love of chocolate?) was so strong that we started playing on our own, booking shows independently. We immediately forcused on doing monoscenes as they seemed liked an exciting challenge for 4 people. We're all Assembly graduates (all currently on separate Assembly Grad teams) and have been trained through Bad Dog Studio classes, Second City and Social Capital.
Sarah Jurassica Parker is an Assembly Grad team that performs regularly with the Assembly. Members have also been trained through Second City Conservatory, Bad Dog Studio classes, Social Capital and have performed in different festivals and shows around Toronto and abroad. We also run this show monthly, along with Scam Algie at Comedy Bar.
We are five improvisers who met completing the Second City Conservatory in 2014 and have continued to work together ever since. We also perform separately: Jaime Auron was the winner of the World's Biggest Improv Tournament (with Alistair Forbes), Isaac Luy is originally from Venezuela and teaches international improv and clown workshops from Peru to Italy, and runs a Spanish-language improv team (Improvables) that he performs in with Erin Hug. Erin is originally from the US, but has studied and performed improv in Amsterdam and Ireland, and now performs in a variety of shows in Toronto (in English. Although she once had to do a series of unsuccessful accents). Andrew Cacciatore and Erin have performed in the World's Biggest Improv Tournament, making it to the Quarter Finals twice, and Alison Hunt is a trained actor. The show was uniquely conceived to be improvised based on loose beats of what scenes would take place, and was an absolute blast to make. It was recorded in a studio, but we once recorded it in front of a live audience, where we learned that it is also a blast to watch! We would love to take the show to the next level, because we think it would make it even better to "follow the fun" with the audience's input. It's a very unique show to watch- since it's performed seated in chairs, we're able to describe actions happening that wouldn't be possible on a stage, and have a lot of fun with physicality. We just finished releasing Season 1 of Visitors (on iTunes and Youtube), to a lot of positive feedback, and we think the Big City Improv Festival would be a great place to begin the next phase of recording this podcast! And since we will include a verbal mention of where it was filmed at the beginning of each episode, it will be great lasting publicity for the festival as well. As a note, the show doesn't have its own social media pages at the moment since it was just launched, but we promote it on our individual pages, since we have a bigger following there (Isaac Luy has 11K followers on Instagram). We are hoping to convert these followers to our show pages soon.
AJ Charley King Chiu AND MORE?! YOU BET. Depends on show length?
Kinsey Fail has be performing together for over 2 years. We have done BCIF, Combustion, 420 Comedy Fest, our Monthly show spawned Proud + Funny and we've headlined Ottawa Improv Diversity weekend
Nina Van Horn is four weirdos looking for a good time.
Defiant Monkey Improv is a two person improv team who met in another troupe and left it to marry each other.
Karen Eichler has a background in short form beginning in 1997, while Andrew Spragge has a background in scripted
theatre beginning in 1982. Together, they perform improv however the hell they want, since 2009. They make
their home in Western New York where they are also teaching artists, buskers, musicians, and authors of the
book The Five Elements of Improv: How to Take Your Improv to the Next Level. People who meet them often ask,
“Are you two like this all the time?” The answer is yes. Always.
Defiant Monkey Improv is a great fit for the BCIF because while we have been performing for a long time, we are new to the festival. We also have some qualities that might not be present in other troupes: we’re married (to each other), we’re older (but not super old, okay?), and we can see Canada from our house in the ‘States.
DaFlo is a improv duot featuring Daphney Joseph (a Montreal
native) and Florian François (who is originally from France).
Together they improvise and perform sketches on stage
throughout Ontario and Quebec. .
Daphney and Florian are both members of the Francophone improv
troupe Les Improbables in Toronto, and have successfully
performed with the Boubi Trappe troupe at the Montreal Sketch
Linda Julia Paolucci
Marlon Rando was formed from the sorting hat of the Assembly Improv and is comprised of Toronto's high energy, character driven improvisers.
Since forming, we have performed in countless shows across Ottawa, including at the Ottawa Improv Festival, and traveled to NYC to compete in UCB's Indie Cage Match. We continue to take as many classes and workshops as we can to improve as improvisers. Melissa now teaches improv at Ottawa's Improv Embassy and Christina coaches a group of women improvisers. Ryan and Christina also host the podcast Scene Partners where they interview local improvisers and comedians. As certified improv nerds, A Little Awkward would love the chance to perform at BCIF and meet other improvisers.
We are a dynamic group of experienced improvisers from across Canada who all reside in Toronto, doing a show
that is a little bit different than most improv shows. I think we can bring something different to any Festival.
We are an episodic improv show following six detectives trying to rid the city of Toronto from all it's horrible crimes, from jewel thieves to murderers to even vampires who have taken over Castloma.
Who knows what you'll see at the next episode of Max Justice!
Carly Heffernan plus guests
We take the best musical improvisors in the city and pair them with the best musicians Toronto has to offer, everyone's the best.
Formed in May 2017, the Planet Ant Farm Team is a group composed of talented improvisers from the greater metro Detroit area. The cast performs biweekly at Planet Ant Theater, and performs a varied array of long form, short form and sketch. The Planet Ant Farm Team primarily focuses on long form improv, with an emphasis on honest emotional connection and the absurd.