The days of the straight white male guy dominating the comedy scene are over - at least in Toronto. There are lots of all-female sketch troupes, plenty of stand-ups and improvisers, and nights devoted exclusively to women performers. And now comes SheDot, a new four-day festival celebrating laugh-inducing ladies. With shows devoted to every genre, panels and spots featuring everyone from family-friendly comics to LBT performers to raunchy types, as well as a star-studded gala Sunday night, there's something for everyone. See listings.
These days there are more women than ever in comedy. So why a special all-female festival?
Because there are more women in comedy than ever! And yet, women are still woefully under-represented on shows. It's time to let the ladies shine.
How'd you come up with the name? It's pretty hip-hop.
I honestly thought everyone knew that T-dot was a nickname for Toronto. So: SheDot. Turns out it's not as common as I thought and I'm way cooler than I thought. Plus, I'd already bought the domain name.
What would your hip-hop name be?
Unlike most festivals *wink wink*, you're covering pretty much every genre of comedy. Was that a no-brainer?
Absolutely. It's Toronto's Festival Of Funny Women, not Toronto's Festival Of Funny Women Stand-Up Comedians.
Categories that didn't make the cut?
Mimes and parade clowns.
On April 1, your PR reps sent out an April Fool's Day press release saying Tina Fey was headlining the festival. How'd that go over?
I was a little worried about blowback, but it turns out journalists have a great sense of humour. And Tina Fey doesn't care about us!
How'd you go about choosing the out-of-towners, the SheNotTDot comics?
Except for the gala performers and the show hosts, all the comics applied to be part of the festival. Without exception, comics were chosen by a jury based on how funny they were, not where they were from. We were just lucky enough to have a number of hilarious women submit from all over North America.
Besides my appearance at the Industry Panel (Saturday, May 3, 5 to 6 pm at the Baltic), what are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Ha! Second to you? Bums in seats. Lots of bums in lots of seats.
Is there a cap on Rob Ford jokes?
Can there ever be too many Rob Ford jokes? I think not.
Who from the SheDot Gala bill would be a good alternative to the current crop of late-night TV hosts?
They're all so funny, but I think Sandra Battaglini would shake things up well and good.
Same time next year?
For sure. Bought the domain name for three years.