Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival prides itself on delivering “the best live, scripted comedy in North America.” Determined to make Toronto a funnier place, the festival has been succeeding for as long as we can remember. If you’re new to TOsketchfest and wish you could catch up on what you’ve missed, it turns out you’re in luck. The festival’s Sketchrospective series brings back 12 acts from the festival’s first decade, including local faves like Falcon Powder and The Templeton Philharmonic, and a huge slate of reunion shows including The Dance Party of Newfoundland, The Williamson Playboys, Boiled Wieners, The Understudies, The Somethingorothers, Accidental Company and punchDRYSDALE. These acts and the 45 festival series offer reliable comic gold, but the main attraction is this stellar trio of headliners.

Kate McKinnon

What do Ellen DeGeneres, Penelope Cruz, Jane Lynch, and Justin Beiber have in common? They have all been expertly impersonated by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon. A veteran of Upright Citizens Brigade, McKinnon made a splash in the New York comedy scene with her memorable one-woman shows. Her latest take on the format is An Evening with Kate McKinnon, which promises to wow TOsketchfesters with characters, stand-up, and even some video. 

Pajama Men

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have been a comedy force for years, impressing critics all over the world with their surreal brand of comic storytelling. Following a recent performance in Sydney, Australia, a critic addressed negligent comedy fans: “Did you miss the Pajama Men? Then you f**ked up.” If you live in Toronto, there’s still time to not f**k up.

The Irrelevant Show

Want to hear your laugh on the radio? Five seasons into their successful run on CBC, this Alberta comedy troupe brings their show back to the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival for another live taping. If you have a passion for observational humour and pop culture parody, nothing could be more relevant than The Irrelevant Show.