From May 21st-30th, Montreal Sketchfest will be celebrating its tenth anniversary by inviting sketch comedy troupes from all over North America to perform at Theater Saint Catherine. If you want to know more about the festival, check out our interview with Pat Dussault and Al Lafrance of Gary, one of the festival’s Montreal-based troupes.
1) Dead Dads Club (New York)
In 2010, Kristen Bartlett and Jason Gore’s dads died within months of each other. Together, they formed The Dead Dads Club–an unstoppable grief-fighting force that is often tough, but occasionally falls apart when “Big Fish” is on HBO. This is a sketch show about what it’s like to lose a parent and realize that you are going to die, too, and there’s nothing you can do about it. (But it’s funny. We swear.)
“Dead Dads Club, maybe above all else, is about leaning on comedy as a distraction and as a solace” – Paste Magazine
Dead Dads Club just finished its run at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.
Friday May 22nd, 8PM @ Montréal Improv Theatre, 3697 boul. St-Laurent
2) Falcon Powder (Toronto)
Falcon Powder are thrilled to be making their Montreal debut! Made up of Toronto comedy veterans and married fathers Jim Annan, Scott Montgomery & Kurt Smeaton. “The Powder” (as no one calls them) perform short comedic stories (or “sketches”), that will blow the socks off your mind’s feet while punching your heart in its face. Anyway, they’ve won a Canadian Comedy Award, were named Best of the Fest in 2010 and 2011 at the Toronto Sketch Fest and in 2012 at the LA Sketch Fest, and most recently won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Toronto Sketch Fest. They travel with their awards and will show you if you ask or sometimes even if you don’t.
Friday May 29th, 9:30PM @ Théâtre Ste. Catherine, 264 rue Ste-Catherine est
3) Peter N’ Chris (Vancouver)
Peter n’ Chris (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson) are a 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe from Vancouver BC (Best Sketch Troupe and Best Comedic Play 2013/2014).
They have performed in acclaimed festivals such as Just For Laughs, JFL42, The San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival and the Chicago Sketch Fest. They were a featured act at the 2013 and 2014 Toronto Sketch festival where they earned back to back “Audience Choice” awards. They are contributing writers to CBC Radio 1’s sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show, CBC Punchline, and have contributed video content to College Humor.
Peter n’ Chris also frequently tour the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit where they earn frequent Best of Fest Awards, having built a large following across Canada and the U.S for their fast-paced, cinematic and extremely physical style that pushes comedic theatre to its limits.
Friday May 29th, 7:30PM @ Théâtre Ste-Catherine, 264 rue Ste-Catherine est
Ladystache is a female sketch duo from Toronto. They have a fast paced brand of comedy full of energy, bizarre characters, Bjork imitations and an occasional wolf hat. Their sketches twist, turn, offend and delight. Mustaches not included.
Winners of the Just for Laughs Award at Montréal Sketchfest 2014. This is their 8th consecutive year performing in Montreal Sketchfest
Saturday May 20th, 7:30PM @ Théâtre Ste-Catherine, 264 rue Ste-Catherine est.