Baroness von Sketch Show: Meet the New Canadian Queens of Comedy
Star & Co-Creators, Aurora Browne & Jennifer Whalen
In the last year and a half, the Baroness Von Sketch Show has been called the “best thing to come out of Canada since Ryan Gosling,” “Canada’s answer to Amy Schumer” and the “funniest Canadian sketch show since Kids In The Hall.” Yet the Baronesses have created something wholly their own with a distinct cult following that includes teenage guys, young moms, millennial women and middle-aged men.
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.
Our Women of Influence Evening Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections.
6:30 – 7:00 pm Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 7:55pm Fireside Chat and Q&A
7:55 – 8:20pm Connecting Activity
8:20 – 8:30pm Door Prize
** Your ticket includes complimentary Wine and Hors d’Ouevres.
Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co-creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s new sketch comedy series, Baroness von Sketch Show. Browne graduated from York University’s theatre program with a BFA in Acting, and has been honing her sketch chops since 2000 when she was hired by Toronto’s Second City Troupe. Since then she has appeared on Comedy Inc, The Gavin Crawford Show, Comedy Now, The Ron James Show, InSecurity, Corner Gas and many others. She recently co-created and starred in Newborn Moms, a web series about new motherhood on ABC Digital. She is also currently in development for season 2 of The Writer’s Block with Frantic Films.
Browne has been nominated for numerous Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in Toronto’s red hot live sketch and improv scene, and in 2008 won the CCA for Best Female Improviser. She was also a nominee for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her son thinks she is hilarious.
An alumnus of Second City Toronto, Jennifer Whalen is a co-creator, executive producer, writer and star of Baroness von Sketch Show. She was head writer for the award-winning satirical comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes and developed long-running shows Little Mosque On the Prairie (CBC/Mind’s Eye) and Instant Star (CTV/Epitome). She has also worked on The Ron James Show (CBC), The Jon Dore Show (Comedy Network/IFC) and the critically acclaimed Gavin Crawford Show (Comedy Network/Shaftsbury). She originated the role of the Aviatrix in the Tony Award Winning Drowsy Chaperone.
Whalen won a CSA for Best Show and one for Best Writing for her work on Baroness von Sketch Show and has been nominated for three Geminis, four Canadian Comedy Awards and won both a WGC Award and a Canadian Comedy Award for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.