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Bad Dog Theatre
Bad Dog Theatre is one of the most important hubs for comedy in Canada, and has been putting on shows, and offering improv and comedy classes since 1982 (in those days it was known as Toronto Theatresports). Over the years, it has featured such performers as Mike Myers, Colin Mochrie, and The Kids in the Hall, but remains remarkably open and welcoming to newcomers. The theatre hosts an extraordinary array of improv-based comedy. Check out Bad Dog’s new home on Bloor Street. It’s great!

The Making Box
The Making Box is a new labour of love from performer/teachers Hayley Kellett and Jay Reid. They focus on play and community – really a great gathering of people helping people put on all kinds of comedy shows in Guelph. From kids to adults, The Making Box has something for everybody. Just go see a show and find out!

Social Captal
The Social Capital is run by Ralph MacLeod, Carmine Lucarelli and Kerri Griffin. As well as hosting some of the hottest independent improv shows in Toronto (like Monkey Toast), Social Capital runs workshops with many of the best improv teachers in the Canada. It’s a great space for watching up and comers as well as learning from the best in the business in a smaller venue at a really great location (right at Broadview and Danforth on the subway line).

Oakville Improv Theatre Company
Oakville Improv has been been hosting both classes and shows for the past eight years, endeavouring to bring the best improv there is to be had in the GTA to the Oakville community. They hold classes for adults and children at QE Park and play Theatresports™ and other formats at the Black Box Theatre the second Friday of each month, a comedy jam at the Moonshine Cafe and a weekly drop-in at QEP on Mondays. Check us out in the fall of 2017.

Second City Toronto
Second City is internationally known as a springboard for comic genius, and has been for fifty or more years. Toronto’s stage has launched the careers of everyone from Dan Akroyd, Martin Short,  Colin Mochrie, Mike Myers, all the SCTV cast … too numerous to mention. Their MainStage show is always popular and they teach classes in improv and sketch comedy for budding comedians.

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