From Press Release:
Awarding Winning Comedy Duo Debut New Revue About Time at Toronto Fringe
Toronto-based comedy duo The Templeton Philharmonic (voted “Best Duo” at the LA Comedy Festival) are set to launch their new sketch comedy revue at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. The show is entitled About Time and it’s well… about time. The sketch show serves as a loosely chronological journey through the ages and explores the existential nature of time itself. The show will run July 7 – 17, at the Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace.
All the sketches are written and performed by the duo, which consists of Briana Templeton (The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, and SyFy’s The Expanse) and Gwynne Phillips (PBS’s Odd Squad, and HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin). The pair made their debut at the Montreal Fringe in 2011, where their self titled show earned them a nomination for the “Just For Laughs Award for Best English Comedy”. Since then, they have honed their chops at the Chicago Sketch Comedy, the New York Sketch Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (where they picked up the award for “Producer’s Pick”). Last year, they performed at Massey Hall at Incubator, hosted by astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield. The duo are also contributing writers for The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio-Canada and co-creators of the CBC web series Womanish.
About Time is not The Templeton Philharmonic’s first foray into the Toronto Fringe Festival. In 2014, the pair wrote, produced, and starred in An Evening In July – a site specific piece performed at the cloisters at St. George The Martyr Anglican Church. The play was inspired by the cult documentary Grey Gardens and had many sold out performances, solid reviews and a remount at the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival. Soon after, they premiered the sketch revue Unbridled & Unstable at the 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival – which earned them an award for “Best Sketch Comedy Or Variety Show“ at the My Entertainment Awards.
The comediennes’ work often incorporates a dark sense of humour, stinging social commentary, and a distinct feminist bent. Their new show will be no exception. It will also take full advantage of their love for period pieces and playing a bevy of zany characters, ensuring that it’s not a production to be missed.
- About Time plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
- Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
- Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
- Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
- Content Warnings: Realistic Violence or Gore, Sexual Content, Fog, Mist or Haze Effects, Mature Language.
- This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.
- Friday July 7th, 10:30 pm
- Sunday July 9th, 06:30 pm
- Tuesday July 11th, 03:00 pm
- Wednesday July 12th, 05:15 pm
- Thursday July 13th, 08:00 pm
- Saturday July 15th, 05:45 pm
- Sunday July 16th, 12:00 pm
Photo of Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton by Shannon Laliberte.