Canada’s impressive legacy of comedic talent led to the creation of enduring classics like SCTV, Kids in the Hall and Trailer Park Boys. Now, a new crop of talented voices have emerged on the Canadian television scene, reinvigorating the reputation of Canada’s comedic resonance at home and abroad. These cutting edge creators are here to discuss the serious business of being funny.
This session was designed for an industry professional audience.
Jared Keeso is an award-winning Canadian film and television actor. He had his television breakout role with Smallville (01–11), and also appeared in CBC’s Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story (10), for which he won a Gemini Award for Best Actor, and Bravo’s 19-2 (11–15). He has starred in the features Smokin’ Aces (07), Life as We Know It (10), A Beginner’s Guide to Endings (10), Elysium (13), and Godzilla (14). He also wrote, produced, and starred in the web series sensation Letterkenny Problems (13) on Funny or Die, and recently received a development deal to draft the show’s third season, which was reformatted as Letterkenny (16) for CraveTV and The Comedy Network.
Carolyn Taylor is a Toronto-based writer and actor. She has written multiple seasons of This Hour Has 22 Minutes (93– ), for which she earned a Canadian Comedy Award, a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and a Gemini nomination. Taylor has also written sketches and political commentary for CBC's The Hour (05–14) and YTV's That's So Weird (09–12). Her television acting credits include The Gavin Crawford Show (00–03), Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (02–05), Wild Card (03–05), and Queer as Folk (00–05), and she has also appeared in the features 19 Months (02) and Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (16). Taylor is the showrunner for the Baroness von Sketch Show (16), and she has written and acted in five original revues at The Second City.
Matt Johnson was born in Toronto and studied film at York University. His debut feature,The Dirties(13), won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. His other projects include Operation Avalanche (16) and nirvanna the band the show(16).
JAY MCCARROL is an accomplished Canadian musician, composer and actor. After co-creating and starring in the hit web series, Nirvana the Band the Show, he has composed music for over 50 film/theater/online projects. He served as the musical director at Second City in Toronto for several years and has written music for countless commercials including national spots for Bell Canada, Tylenol, Budweiser, and Coca-Cola. Brave Shores, a band started with Jay and Stefanie McCarrol, currently have national airplay on radio and television (Much Music). He is currently a co-creator, writer and actor on Nirvanna the Band the Show.
Geoff Macnaughton was born in Toronto, Ontario. He has a Master's degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University. He is the Senior Manager of TIFF's Industry team and co-host of the TIFF podcast Well, Nobody’s Perfect.