Toronto Sketchfest Troupe Profile: Charles

Toronto Sketchfest starts tomorrow, November 8 and if you are still deciding which shows to see, check out our troupe profiles to learn more about some of the performers. Another troupe you may want to check out hails from Seattle: Charles consists of two members, both aptly named Charles. You can catch them on November 11 at 10PM at Lower Ossington Theatre or the following night at 9PM at Comedy Bar. Chuck and Charlie answered our questions here:

How did you get involved with the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival?

Although this is our first year performing in the Toronto Sketch Festival, we have previously performed in Toronto as part of the 2010 Fringe Festival. That was a qualified success, but an unqualified great experience. When it was over, we knew that we wanted to make some major improvements to our show, and we also knew that we wanted to return. Toronto is a great comedy town, and we’re excited to see old friends and show off new material. We also just really enjoy the hassle of bringing six foot rubber snakes through customs.

What other troupe’s show at this year’s Festival do you most want to see?

Seeing Uncalled For‘s Hypnogogic Logic the last time we were in Toronto was a major inspiration for where we wanted our comedy to go. We had a similarly enlightening experience when we saw Peter N’ Chris at Seattle SketchFest this year. We’re obviously pumped to see those groups again, but we’re also hoping that a new Canadian sketch group will expand our ideas of what can be done on stage. The Really Good Show sounds promising.

Why should we come to see your show?

We were called “fresh-faced” by NOW Magazine. Of course that was more than a year ago, so we might be “old hat” at this point. Assuming you are the writer from NOW Magazine who wrote that, you should probably come see for yourself if it needs to be updated. In the unlikely event that you are not that writer, perhaps a description of our comedy as “hyperliterate, design-savvy…hip and dilettante in the best possible way” by will persuade you to come out. And just in case you’re wary of the dots in that quote or the dot com in its source, the last thing we will say is that we are performing with Uncalled For, so you should probably buy your tickets in advance.

What is your favourite place on Ossington? If you haven’t been to Ossington, where do you most want to go?

It’s hard to say. From looking at Google Maps, there are a number of martini glass icons that look like they represent swanky lounges. We’ve always wanted to be permitted into one of those.


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