The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival starts today and we have one more troupe profile in our series, for Carl’s Backyard. You have two chances to see these Chicagoans while they are here, on Nov. 11 at 9PM, and Nov. 12 at 7PM, both at Comedy Bar.
How did you get involved with the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival?
We’ve been performing in various venues around Chicago for the past year, and really wanted to get some experience on the road – we did some research and the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival seemed like a great place to start. Everyone we know that’s been to Toronto describes it as a nicer, cleaner Chicago, so we’ll probably just end up leasing an apartment when the trip is over.
What other troupe’s show at this year’s Festival do you most want to see?
Why should we come to see your show?
It’s pure sketch, straight-up, no gimmicks. Does that sound arrogant? Oh, I forgot to mention, we’re also arrogant. (Only joking – my actual answer would be: “Come see our show because we are EXTREMELY not-arrogant!”)
What is your favourite place on Ossington? If you haven’t been to Ossington, where do you most want to go?
We’ve never been there and literally know nothing about it, but to avoid being rude we did a Google Maps (TM) search for “Ossington Street, Toronto”. Then Google corrected it to “Ossington Avenue, Toronto”, and we street-viewed the randomly-generated “A” location to get an idea of that classic “Ossington Flavor” (TM). It seemed to be a residential area, but I have to say we are now very excited about visiting the boarded-up and possibly condemned storefront at 648 Ossington Avenue.
Before you see their show, here’s a sneak peek: