A Night with Baroness von Sketch
February 23, 2019
Doors open 7:30pm. Event at 8pm.
Club One (19+, Limited seats, general admission)
Tickets: $30 available only:
As a part of their Scene and Heard series, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival is thrilled to present a night of laughter with the women behind the best in Canadian comedy, Baroness von Sketch Show!
Hailed as "the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids in the Hall" the award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show is a subversive, all-female comedy series featuring some of Canada’s best sketch comedians as they take aim right down the barrel of contemporary social trends and office politics.
We are so thrilled to present a night with creators Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and directors Jordan Canning and Aleysa Young. Learn about their inspirations and best stories from behind-the-scenes of one of CBC’s best series.
Meredith MacNeill can currently be seen as co-creator, writer, producer, and star of CBC’s award-winning hit sketch comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show. The series and its all-female cast offer a satirical take on modern life’s everyday concerns. IFC announced its acquisition of the series, and it can also be seen on Netflix. Baroness von Sketch Show has received much critical acclaim during its existing run on CBC, culminating in five Canadian Screen Awards, an ACTRA Awards and a Canadian Comedy Award. MacNeill has also been featured in many film and TV projects both in Canada and the UK. Some of her work includes Your Money or Your Wife, Big News from Grand Rock, Peep Show, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Confetti, Man Stroke Woman and the satirical news program This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where she has been a writer and regular cast member. After graduating from a three-year acting program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London England, MacNeill began working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. MacNeill later went on to work with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Theatre de Complicite, Bush, and Arcola Theatre in London.
Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co-creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s award-winning Baroness Von Sketch Show. Aurora has been honing her sketch chops since 2000 when she was hired by Toronto’s Second City. Since then she has appeared on The Writer’s Block, Man Seeking Woman, Orphan Black, The Gavin Crawford Show, InSecurity, and Corner Gas among others. She was also a co-creator, co-writer, executive producer and co-star of the hit web series Newborn Moms, which appeared both on CBC’s and ABC’s digital channels.
Aurora has been nominated for many 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 a nominee for the 2000 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her son thinks she is hilarious.
Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films which have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Among them, Countdown won a number of awards including a Golden Sheaf for Best Director; Not Over Easy swept all three awards at the National Screen Institute Film Festival; Seconds won the 2012 TIFF RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award; and The Tunnel premiered at Cannes as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program. Jordan directed all twenty-three episodes of the CTV digital series Space Riders: Division Earth. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director.
Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature, Suck It Up, premiered at Slamdance 2017 and won Best Feature Film at the B3 Frankfurt Biennale. Her third feature, an omnibus film called Ordinary Days, won Best Director at the 2018 Canadian Film Festival.
She has directed on numerous television series, including hour-long dramas – Saving Hope (CTV), The Detail (CTV), Burden of Truth (The CW) – and half-hour comedies – This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC), Baroness Von Sketch Show (IFC), Little Dog (CBC) and Schitt’s Creek (CBC/PopTV).
Jordan is a 2010 graduate of the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab, TIFF Pitch This!, and Women in the Director’s Chair.
Aleysa spent her formative years between Vancouver, Montreal, Saskatoon, and Indonesia. Today, she is one of Toronto’s most sought-after television, music video, and commercial directors. On the television side, Aleysa directed the entire first season of the hit CBC sketch series, Baroness Von Sketch Show, which earned her a 2017 DGC Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Comedy Series. Aleysa has also directed episodes from the first two seasons of Workin’ Moms (CBC), season two of Kim’s Convenience (CBC), and an episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). Her work on Kim’s Convenience also earned her a 2018 CSA nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series.
On the commercial side, Aleysa has directed spots for Toshiba, Caramilk, Dempsters, Subway, and more.
Her work commercial and music video work has been recognized by her mom and a few others, including: Cannes Lions, Bessies, Marketing Awards, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Shark Awards, Boards Top 10 Emerging Talents in Toronto, and Shoot NewDirectors Showcase.
Most recently, Aleysa directed for the new CBC/Temple Street comedy, Cavendish, and she is currently directing season four of Baroness Von Sketch Show.
Moderator. Vicki Murphy is the voice behind MotherFumbler, a book (Breakwater Books, 2013) and award-winning website where she writes about having kids, a husband, a dog, and a panty hamster. Her work has appeared on CBC.ca and in Today’s Parent, the Huffington Post, The Overcast, A Woman’s Almanac, even high school textbooks. She has spoken at events for International Women’s Day, the St. John’s Status of Women Council, and thedesigners. Originally from Badger’s Quay, she is a creative director at m5 Marketing Communications and a member of the board of directors for the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. She is passionate about advertising, comedy, women’s issues, bubble baths, and macaroni and cheese. Her proudest moment is calling her vagina a “wookiee bush” during an interview on CBC radio.
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