by Dena Jackson
Sage Tyrtle shared a beautiful story of the man she met online who later became her husband and the father to her children. Lisa Brooke displayed a great onstage presence while telling us about her one child (that she knows about) and Ruby Nichols had us laughing hysterically when she impersonated her Pakistani mother and father’s accents.
Martha closed the show with some final commentary and a big thanks to the festival attendees. Overall it was a fantastic show and I know which Momics I’ll be looking out for in the city and abroad.
by Cristina Markham
Honourable mention to Rhiannon Archer, whose story of having a 'non-affair affair' raised insightful questions about honesty and fidelity (and also let us in on the secret that she’s a numerical mind reader), and to Rhonda Riche, whose story of an all-consuming high school crush brought everyone in the audience back to our awkward teenage days.
by Dena Jackson
She SketchProv, SheFresh
by Lauren Mitchell
Even though I only saw four shows total, I had a really great time at SheDot. It is very heartwarming to be able to spend a weekend going to see what felt like a million great shows, all of them stacked with only women. My god, what a dream. (Not that I don't love male comics, y'all are great, but variety is the spice of life, etc, etc). Not only that, but the festival was well organized (I forgot my pass one night and it was no problem. In fact, the wonderful woman working the door at Comedy Bar recognized me AND remembered my name. Shoutout to that delightful lady), shows started on time (this is crazy if you know anything about comedy shows), and the general atmosphere was super friendly, so much mingling after the show, friendly attentive audiences, pretty much everything you could ask for.
My last night at SheDot I went to two shows: SheSktechProv and SheFresh. SheSketchProv was first, and I was really looking forward to it, as I almost never see sketch or improv. By far, the highlight of the show were actually the hosts, Jess Beaulieu and Laura Bailey, who together, make up Chicka Boom (full disclosure, they run a great show at Free Times Cafe, one Saturday every month, that I have definitely preformed on). They were so energetic and hilarious; it was really fun to watch them. They did two lip sync competitions that had the very packed audience going nuts. It was the most fun. I would be remiss not to mention my two favourite acts of the night: the sketch duo 2 Weird Ladies and the improv troupe One Night Stand.
My final show of the whole festival, SheFresh, was a packed house and was the only show I saw during the whole festival in the cabaret room, which is the smallest of the two performance spaces in Comedy Bar. This definitely gave the show a real nice intimate feel, which seemed appropriate since it was the up-and-comer show. This was a fun show for me, as I personally know at least half the line-up and since it was the last show I saw, there was overlap in the comics that I was seeing; I love watching people re-work sets for different venues and audiences, so this was especially interesting. The show was hosted by Toronto local and favourite Rhiannon Archer and kicked off by one of my personal fav’s (and anti-thigh gap activist) Catherine McCormick. I also love me some Hoodo Hersei, and I had yet to catch one of her sets at SheDot, so it was great to see her get up and WERK.
The Toronto (and North American) comedy scene has so many ladies ripping it up, it was great to be able to see a bunch of them in one spot. I imagine this is far from the last we’ll see of SheDot, I’m stoked to see what 2015 brings.