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The Sketchersons

History


The Sketchersons are a sketch comedy troupe based in TorontoOntario. They are winners of the 2007 Canadian Comedy Award for best Sketch Troupe,[1] an award they had been nominated for each of the 3 years prior. The Sketchersons were again nominated for the award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013.

The Sketchersons have performed across Canada and the United States, including at the 2005 and 2006 Montreal Fringe Festivals, the 2006 New York Fringe Festival, the 2008 Just For Laughs Sketch Comedy Gala in Toronto, the 2009 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and at the 2012 JFL42 Festival. Members of the troupe are also active in Toronto's comedy scene and can be seen at various shows around the city including Laugh Sabbath, The Last Comedy Show and Projectproject amongst others.

The Sketchersons run the weekly stage show Sunday Night Live, which is modeled after Saturday Night Live which airs on NBC. Sunday Night Live began in Toronto in early 2004 at The Rivoli on Queen Street West, but only lasted for 2 shows before moving to the Poor Alex Theatre on Brunswick Street at Bloor, with hosts such as Amanda WalshScott Thompson, and Snow. In 2005, The Poor Alex closed, and the show moved across the street to The Brunswick House, a popular bar for university students. Notable hosts from this stint at "The Brunny" include Colin Mochrie, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho and Royal Canadian Air Farce's Don Ferguson. From January to December 2007, the group had a successful run at the Diesel Playhouse. Hosts from that year included Toronto Mayor David Miller, Canadian Idol Ryan MalcolmTyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn (members of The Barenaked Ladies) and former Toronto Argonaut John Avery.


In January 2008, Sunday Night Live went on hiatus as the show's new, permanent venue was under renovation. In November 2008, Comedy Bar opened its doors as the Sketcherson's permanent home, and the cast (which expanded, adding 6 new members) has been writing a new show every week since. 

Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

Tatiana Maslany

Kevin McDonald

Past guests

Hosts from this era have included famed stand-up comedian Andy KindlerKids in the Hall's Kevin McDonaldGreg Proops, wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart, Actors Tatiana MaslanyAmy Matysio and Kevin Sorbo, Saturday Night Live alumni Jerry Minor and Jeff Richards,Eastbound & Down's Steve LittleThe Sports Network anchor Jay OnraitSecond City alum Sandy Jobin-Bevans, stand-up comedians Todd Glass,Todd BarryKurt Braunohler, and Video On Trial mainstay Debra DiGiovanni.