Between the four Baronesses – all of whom are in their 40s, some with kids, some married – they have around 80 years of experience performing and writing for comedy in Canada and abroad. When the women pitched the show in 2014, however, there were few Canadian female-fronted comedy series – let alone sketch shows, a genre dominated by men.
Throughout two seasons they’ve been on air, the foursome has deftly satirized everyday life: the way moms say hello, the politics of work husbands and work wives, being the last table called to the buffet at a wedding. Their sketches often start with a mundane scenario before evolving into the absurd. With razor-sharp wit and an outwardly feminist, queer-positive perspective, the second season was ground breaking TV.
Join us at the season premiere of the Women of Influence Evening Series as we sit down with two of the four creators and stars of the series - Aurora Browne and Jenn Whalen – as they riff on their breakthrough year and how they’ve helped bring CBC back to its comedy glory.