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Toronto: The Third Annual Haroldfest runs October 14-20

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Toronto’s only longform improv festival, Haroldfest, will celebrate their third anniversary with some of North America’s top improvisers coming together in Toronto. The week-long festival will feature performances and workshops at Comedy Bar, The Social Capital Theatre, Sweet Action Theatre, and Bad Dog Theatre from October 14 – 20, 2019.

Haroldfest is excited to announce headliners for the Festival including The Stepfathers (credits from Broad City, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Orange is the New Black, The Chris Gethard Show), STRIKE (multi Canadian Comedy Award winners), Moonstruck (Fringe Favourites), S&P (credits from The Second City, Handmaid’s Tale, Baroness Von Sketch Show), Baker and Jan(credits from The Second City, Workin Moms, Mean Girls, Canadian Comedy Award winners), and a remount from the sold out run at the Next Stage Festival, The Harold Experience.

"We're so happy to have Haroldfest back in its third year! It's exciting to be able to highlight the best of Toronto longform improv, and bring NYC's best improvisers to perform and teach classes," said founder of Haroldfest, Martha Stortz.

Throughout the week, Haroldfest will feature Toronto’s best improv troupes including CBC’s newest comedy darlings, TallboyzIIMen, as well as Harrison Ford Focus, Sword Downie, Garfield of Dreams, Goldman Zacks Morris, Grieve Buscemi, Manic Yitzi Dream Gal, Brad Pittbull, Sandra OMG, Indiana Zeta-Jones, Lockouts, Darth Vader Ginsberg, Grim Diesel, S&P, Jibber Jabbar, Orson Whales, and more. The weekend will also include workshops by Alex Dickson, Connor Ratliff, Sebastian Conelli, and Shannon O’Neill.

The Assembly is a Toronto-based longform improv collective dedicated to making good improv and great improvisers. The Assembly created Haroldfest in 2017 to celebrate the best in longform improv.

October 14 – 20, 2019
Shows: October 14 – 19
Workshops: October 19 – 20
The full line-up and schedule:
Steam Whistle Brewing and Comedy Bar proudly sponsor Haroldfest.


Monday, October 14 at 9pm, $5 online/door
Sweet Action Theatre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 106
Brad Pitbull, Sandra OMG, Goldman Zacks Morris, and Baker & Jan 

Tuesday, October 15 at 9:30pm, Pay What You Can (
The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Avenue, 3rd floor
Sword Downie, Garfield of Dreams, Indiana Zeta Jones, Manic Yitzi Dream Gal, and S&P

Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30pm, $10 online / door
Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 A Bloor Street West
Harrison Ford Focus, Grieve Buscemi, Bad Dog Featured Players, Moonstruck

Thursday, October 17 at 9:30pm, $12 advance | $15 door
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Lockouts, Darth Vader Gingberg, Grim Diesel, Strike

Friday, October 18 at 10:30pm, $12 advance | $15 door
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Jibber Jabbar, Festival Ensemble – Remount of the Harold Experience

Saturday, October 19
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
9pm - TallboyzIIMen, Stepfathers, $15 advance | $20 door
11pm – Orson Whales, Stepfathers, $15 advance | $20 door


Saturday, October 19
2-5pm – CRASHGANICS with Shannon O’Neill, $100 + HST
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West

2-5pm – Games with Emotions with Sebastian Conelli, $100 +HST
The Loft, 77 Florence Street

Sunday, October 20
1-4pm – Don’t Let Your Scene Die Out with Connor Ratliff, $100 + HST
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West

1-4pm – Dramatic Improv with Alex Dickson, $100 + HST
 The Loft, 77 Florence Street / /