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There is nothing like a Dame

by Paul Bellini

Despite the fact that broadcasters in Canada have no idea how to market it, sketch comedy is still big news on comedy stages around Toronto. One such troupe is Dame Judy Dench, who bring their show That’s Just 5 Kids in a Trench Coat to the Fringe next week.

Consisting of Second City alumni Claire Farmer, Jessica Greco, Shannon Lahaie, Chris Leveille and Gavin Pounds, Dame Judy Dench believe that real life can be hilarious. They tackle relationship issues, gender stereotypes, non-monogamy, and other topics of interest to today’s audiences. Plus they are cute. But what’s with that name?

“It’s true, there is some confusion,” admits Shannon. “We often get Twitter messages that say things like “Great job on Philomena.” Well, with any luck, they will eventually reach the same lofty career heights as their namesake.

That’s Just 5 Kids in a Trench Coat runs Thurs, July 2 to Sun, July 12th. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street

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