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The Second City Toronto Tourco

Performed by:
Anders Yates
Chelsea Larkin
Shohana Sharmin Sicilia
Anthony Hall
Gavin Pounds
Ghazal Ghiami
Directed By: Tricia Black
Assistant Director: Nadine Djoury 
Music Director: Jordan Armstrong
Stage Manager: Seann Murray
Artistic Director: Etan Muskat
Lead Technical Director: John Kelly
Technical Supervisor: Connor Low
Producer: Susan Waycik
Production Coordinator: Emily Al-Jbouri

About the Artists

ANDERS YATES

ANDERS YATES (Ensemble) (He/Him) is an actor, writer and comedian originally from Montréal. His original solo sketch comedy has won him Best of the Fest at the Montréal Sketchfest as well as a Critic’s Pick award for Outstanding Solo Performance from My Entertainment World. Anders is a founding member of the legendary improv and sketch comedy troupe Uncalled For. He can be seen on screen in the films Indian Horse, Stockholm, and Through Black Spruce as well as TV shows including Nurses, Carter, Titans, Taken, Condor, Helix and Murdoch Mysteries. Recent stage credits include the Off-Mirvish production of Oslo, the Buddies in Bad Times production of Shove it Down My Throat and The Second City’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.

CHELSEA LARKIN

CHELSEA LARKIN (Ensemble) (She/Her) is an actress, comedian, writer, and singer. Comedy is what Chelsea loves doing best and where she shines most! Some of Chelsea’s favourite recent comedy credits include multiple performances with The Second City, Just For Laughs- New Faces: Characters, her multi-award-winning solo show at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Fest, ‘The Chels Stands Alone’, and CTV’s ‘Children Ruin Everything’. Chelsea performs improv and sketch regularly all over the city- seriously, like all the time. Go find her! When Chelsea was a child she met John Candy in an elevator and he told her to “follow her dreams”- well, she’s doing it!

SHOHANA SHARMIN SICILIA

SHOHANA SHARMIN SICILIA (Ensemble) (She/Her) is a Bangladeshi-born comedian, writer, and theatre artist, and now lives in Toronto with her adorable antisocial cat Ariel. Shohana is a proud Muslim queer woman of colour. She is a recipient of the 2020 Queer Emerging Artist Award at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Shohana is the creator and a cast member of the critically acclaimed award-winning dark sketch comedy revue Dead Parents Society. She presented her solo show Come Here Often? at the 2019 Queer Pride at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She has performed in comedy and theatre festivals across North America with her award-winning troupe Not Oasis (2017 The Toronto Fringe Patrons Pick, NOW Critic’s Pick). She wishes she could be more like her mother.

ANTONY HALL

ANTONY HALL (Ensemble) (He/Him) is a Toronto based Chinese-Canadian improviser/actor who originally hails for Lethbridge, Alberta. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan University. He can be seen performing on various improv shows in the city and is a member of the Sketch Comedy team $20Sandwich, which has amassed millions of views with their content on Instagram and TikTok. As an actor, Antony has appeared in many national commercial campaigns and has made appearances on shows like Run The Burbs and Law and Order Toronto. Antony is also a writer and co-creator of the short form digital series Ming’s Dynasty which is inspired by his life growing up in small town Alberta and incorporates his comedy rap persona, Young Riesling. Follow his work on Instagram @hallandjokes and @20dollarsandwich

GAVIN POUNDS

GAVIN POUNDS (Ensemble) (He/Him) is a comedian and actor originally from Barrie, Ontario. He can be found emerging from the sewer, or performing improv & sketch comedy in Toronto. As a longtime fan of Canadian comedy, Gavin is beyond excited to perform at The Second City with such a talented group.

GHAZAL GHIAMI

GHAZAL GHIAMI (Ensemble) (She/Her) is an Iranian-born comedian living in Toronto. She got her start at The Beaverton, where she formerly served as an editor. She is a graduate of Bad Dog’s Studio Series and now regularly performs with the company. She recently performed as a member of the Vancouver Improv Festival ensemble. You can follow her on Instagram @ghazalghiam

JORDAN ARMSTRONG

JORDAN ARMSTRONG (Music Director) (She/Her) is a composer, musical director, and performer known for her improvised accompaniment and band leading. Highlights include composing for and musical directing three critically-acclaimed Second City Mainstage reviews, Death Ray Cabaret (Best of the Fest, Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Production Toronto Fringe 2019), One Night Only (Dora nominee, Outstanding Musical Direction), The Adventures of Tom Shadow (Canadian Comedy Award winner), CBC Kids The Story Store and the spontaneous live music show Improv Karaoke. Her solo debut EP “Dual” is available on all streaming platforms.

SEANN MURRAY

SEANN MURRAY (Stage Manager) (He/Him) is an improviser and stage manager from Fredericton, N.B., where he got his start with Theatre Free Radical. Selected SM credits include Second City’s If I could #Throwback Time, Laura Ramoso’s Sit Up Straight, Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus‘ Scriptease, Ajahnis Charley’s Thots and Prayers and the Canadian Comedy Award winning The Adventures of Tom Shadow. Seann is also the head technician for Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, and a member of multi-award winning comedy company Sex T-Rex.

TRICIA BLACK

TRICIA BLACK (Director) (She/They) is an multi-award winning actor, comedian, writer and songwriter. They hold two Canadian Screen Award’s for their performances in the indie web series Band Ladies and the hit animation Summer Memories. Tricia is an alumna of The Second City, and the Creative Director for Tweed & Company Theatre. They hold two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Live Production, A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza and Best Ensemble, She The People. They have appeared in Baroness Von Sketch (CBC), What We Do In The Shadows (FX), Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3 (Disney) and Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias (Lifetime/Cineflix), Summer Memories (Aircraft Pictures), Dear David: The Haunting of Adam Ellis (Lionsgate/Buzzfeed) and Pretty Hard Cases (CBC).

NADINE DJOURY

NADINE DJOURY (Assistant Director) (She/Her) is an alumna of the Mainstage where she wrote and performed in three critically-acclaimed revues. She currently writes for CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show and co-created, wrote and starred in ABC.com/CBC Comedy’s web series, Newborn Moms, earning a CSA nomination for Best Performance. Recent television credits include What We Do in the Shadows (FX), Ghosts (CBS), Transplant (NBC) and Kim’s Convenience (CBC). Insta: @nadined


Tourco Understudies

BRIA BROWN (Understudy for Ghazal Ghiami)

RHYS NAYLOR (Understudy for Gavin Pounds)

BEN SOSA WRIGHT (Understudy for Anders Yates)

GILLIAN BARTOLUCCI (Understudy for Chelsea Larkin)

AP BAUTISTA (Understudy for Shohana Sharmin Sicilia)

SHAUN HUNTER (Understudy for Scott Yamamura)

DAVID SHARPE (Understudy Stage Manager)

JAMES ATIN-GODDEN (Understudy Music Director)

ATHENA SO (Understudy Music Director)

SOPHI MURIAS (Understudy Stage Manager)

PAUL MOODY (Understudy Music Director)

Andrea Miller (Understudy Stage Manager)


Special Thanks

 

Special thanks to all those who supported us on this production, including: Emily Al-Jbouri (Production Manager, Stages)  & The Second City Front-Of-House & Security Team.


This production is being performed by professional Artists who are members of Canadian
Actors’ Equity Association engaged under the Equity Second City Agreement.

 

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