Two Weird Ladies is a female sketch duo comprised of Mandy Sellers (2011 Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Best Female Improviser) and Laura Salvas (good friend of a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Best Female Improviser). The Ladies joined forces in November, 2010, after gaining mutual comedic respect for each other whilst studying with The Second City Conservatory Program (Citizen Vain; Kerry Griffin). Since then, Two Weird Ladies has performed as part of Toronto Sketchfest, NXNE, Boston Improv Festival, Charleston Comedy Festival and the Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals. Their revue Two Weird Ladies Bomb The Fringe received four-star reviews from NOW Magazine and Torontoist and was named by Glenn Sumi (NOW) as one of the Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2012. That same year, Two Weird Ladies was nominated for Fresh Meat, an annual showcase of up-and-coming comedic talent presented by the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund at The Second City.
Meet the Ladies:
Laura Salvas is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program (Citizen Vain, Kerry Griffin), which is where she met her lovely sketch partner, Mandy. Pre-Two Weird Ladies, Laura was part of sketch troupe Warm Summer Hotness, which played the 2010 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and produced politically charged revues such as PROROGUED! and Rob Ford Unappreciation Night. As a standup comedian, Laura was a finalist and semifinalist in the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Comedy Brawls respectively, and those same years played fundraiser galas for Gilda’s Club of Toronto as part of the Standup Sisters. Laura performs regularly as part of her improv troupe Jenkins Syndrome (Del Close Marathon 2010 & 2011) and is a former cast member of Kingston’s The Improv Show and Saturday Night at The Improv. She was part of the Canadian Improv Games for more than a decade as a player, trainer and judge, and ran the improv society at Ryerson University where she earned her journalism degree. Laura has trained in Chicago with The Annoyance Theatre and at home with The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre and Impatient Theatre Co. When not trying desperately to be funny, Laura enjoys travelling to foreign lands, referencing episodes of Saved By the Bell and being spiteful. Laura lives with her cat, Sketchy, in a dumpy walk-up in Toronto, where she continues to be totally awesome. And by “she” I mean “I” because I am writing this bio in third person. Thank my $40,000.00 journalism degree for the impeccable grammar.
Mandy Sellers is a Canadian Comedy Award-nominated improviser who has been performing for over eight years. She is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and has studied with Upright Citizens Brigade, iO Chicago and Annoyance Theater, to name a few. She started improvising in Toronto in 2005 and is one of the co-founders of Calgary improv troupe The Kinkonauts. She currently performs with the globetrotting trio We’re From Here, duo Steak Dinner, and was a member of The Second City National Touring Company and the all-female juggernaut troupe WDWMKR. Mandy has performed in comedy festivals across North America, and was recently featured in “Giving You The Business” on The Food Network, where she tricked unsuspecting employees into winning their own restaurant franchise, much like she has tricked an unsuspecting Laura into being her sketch partner. When she is not performing, Mandy is probably doing some complicated US banking.
Meet the Two Weird Ladies Bomb The Fringe crew!
Professional director Kirsten Gallagher brings a wealth of experience in improv, sketch comedy and dance to “Two Weird Ladies Bomb the Fringe”. Kirsten is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program and was a featured writer and performer in Naked Fridays this year. As part of Revel Theatre Collective, she produces a weekly improv showcase, Piece of Garbage Sex Dungeon: A Night of Sophisticated Comedy (returning Sundays after a summer hiatus). Working against her natural attention-seeking only child tendencies, “Two Weird Ladies Bomb the Fringe” is her first foray into directing. She’s pleased as punch to be working with two friends who she greatly admires and trust her enough to put their writing in her tiny hands. In addition to being a Professional Director, Kirsten runs a pug-sitting business as a sideline, marrying her love of pugs with her love of making money doing things that are easy for her. If you have a pug and are planning a vacation, let Kirsten know.
Meg Maguire‘s selected credits include member of the lighting team for The Second City’s Facebook of Revelations and Tazed and Confused, Stage Manager and Technical Director for 2009 Canadian Comedy Award winner One Woman Show and Assistant Stage Manager for Twist of Fate, The Globe and Mail’s Most Heartfelt Dance Award winner, 2009. In 2010, Meg ran away and found herself in New Zealand, where she was given the amazing opportunity to work as Stage Manager for Ben Hur, an Epic, Best Comedy winner at the 2010 New Zealand International Fringe Festival. Lots of other things happened on that trip, but she will not mention them in this program for fear of her mum finding out (and there is nothing more embarrassing than being in your late twenties and having your mum ground you). Meg also spent many wonderful years as Stage Manager for The Second City’s EdCo. As a side note, Meg likes to rub it in Mandy’s face that she is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner wherever the opportunity presents itself. And she thinks that Laura should try harder.
Jesse Morrison works at The Second City as the National Touring Company’s Stage Manager, as a Technical Director at Comedy Bar and for The Bad Dog Theatre Company. He started his lighting and sound career at age 15 at small venues in the Grimsby/Lincoln area as a part time job. After moving to Toronto for school and to pursue his comedy and music habits, Jesse happened upon the possibility of doing tech for comedy shows and loved it. Now producing “Adult Contemporary,” a monthly show at Comedy Bar, and performing as much as possible Jesse is very excited to be a part of Fringe.