The Power of the Friendship (And A Shameless Plug For Our Upcoming Show)

It is the Saturday of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and I am currently in a car en route to see my parents.  My sister is driving — good thing, or what I would be doing would be considered not only dangerous but highly illegal — and I have my laptop tethered to my phone in order to accomplish a few to dos before I fall into a food and beer coma for the rest of the weekend.

This has been my MO lately.  When Laura and I conceived of doing a new variety-style show (The Everything Show with Two Weird Ladies, debuting Tuesday, October 15 at Measure, 296 Brunswick Ave), I was unaware of how much traveling I would be doing for work over the past six weeks.  (Yes, I am a busy business woman who does many business things when I am not writing sketches about said business things and performing them on stage).  Since Labour Day weekend, I have been in New York, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York (again), Montreal, Ottawa and Chicago.  And although some of these trips may be considered more personal travel than business travel, my ability to perform most of the tasks related to preparing for this show was greatly diminished.

Luckily, Laura is the most organized person I know, and without all of her work behind the scenes, this show would not be happening.  It is also a testament to how great a friend she is that she hasn’t severed all ties with me, threatening to kill me, or, at the very least, punch me in the face on a city bus.

So, this Tuesday (at 8:30 pm at Measure, 296 Brunswick Ave), why don’t you come and check out the fruits of her labour?  Not only will Two Weird Ladies be doing a short set, but we have insane variety of acts ready to blow you away, including spoken word, improv, sketch comedy, a play and some amazing musicians!  And you can watch me ply Laura with cider, because the way to a person’s heart is through alcohol.  Fact.  I heard it once in a training session.

Or, all else failing, I will play her this:

See you at the show!


Fringe-ness OR The Fringe Festival Guide for Busy Business Women

One year ago today, we opened our first full-length sketch revue, Two Weird Ladies Bomb The Fringe, at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival.  Not only did we develop the skills required to put a full show together, but we also learned some real tricks for how to enjoy the Fringe Festival.  As busy business women who are also responsible for last year’s Fringe sleeper hit*, we wanted to share some tips on how a busy business woman (or, in some cases, business MAN) can Fringe to its full potential.

  1. Book a lot of “doctor” appointments | If you work downtown and have a sympathetic boss, this is the best option outside of using precious vacation days or quitting your job in order to see shows.  With most Fringe shows clocking in at a cool 50-55 minutes, it’s easy as pie to slip out for a “specialist” appointment and get back in time to send thirty acronym-filled emails before quitting time.  Your boss may think you have a fatal disease, but most HR policies preclude them from asking outright.
  2. Take conference calls while in line for a show | A lot of business these days is conducted via employees who telecommute (formal definition: commuting through your telephone), so you can conduct business and make bags of money for your organization from virtually anywhere!  Take advantage of the long and boring lines at the Fringe venues to broker that deal, launch that new product or have a one-on-one with your boss.  If they ask about the background noise, plead ignorance and say there must be an issue with the phone line.
  3. Wear a silky blouse and impressive slacks to every show | Banana Republic and Jacob exist for one reason, and that’s to get you noticed.  Whether it’s walking down Bay Street or into the Tarragon Main Space to see Radio :30 (it’s really good, read the review and get tickets here) a crisply ironed blouse says “I’m a business woman.  I am busy and important so get out of my way unless you are planning on buying me a drink.”  Take advantage of your hotness and sit in a reserved seat, or scream “I have business to attend to!” once the show has finished in order to exit the venue first and get back to what you do best, BUSINESS. Also do this on the weekends when you aren’t working (although let’s be honest, when AREN’T you working?).
  4. Schedule a team outing to catch a must-see play | Most of your co-workers are probably middle-aged divorcees who hang off your every word, given that you are likely the coolest person they know.  Use this to your advantage, and suggest a team event to that 5-star show.  They get to tell their square friends how hip they are, and you get to leave work early and put that round of drinks at the pub afterwards on your company credit card.
  5. When out and about, reply to emails using your trusty Blackberry | …JUST KIDDING!  Who has a Blackberry anymore?!?  Seriously, if people ask why it took you so long to reply tell them there was a network issue that seemed to affect only your computer.

Happy Fringing and see you at the Fringe Club!


* Only Mandy says this.

Toronto Fringe Has Started! And We Didn’t Die!

Two Weird Ladies

Laura Salvas (left) and Mandy Sellers. Photo by Kevin Thom Photography. Edited by Nigel Downer.

We’re very happy to say that yesterday was the world universe black hole debut of Two Weird Ladies Bomb The Fringe!  And we’re still alive to tell the tale!

It all started on a balmy July afternoon at 1:15 pm.  By 2:09 pm, it was over, like a blur or some sort of superhero who blurs… like The Blur.  I think.

That said, we received a delightful review from our friends at Mooney on Theatre, which you can read in its entirety here, or just read the selected quotes we pulled out to make us look really good:

“… a show that is irreverent, hilarious, unafraid to pull punches…and drop bombs.”

“Laura and Mandy perform in true form, high energy, well thought-out segments of comedic gold, perfectly executed like a synchronized swim team.”

“Two Weird Ladies Bomb the Fringe is enough to keep you on your toes while bursting at the seams from laughter.”

Thank you to Samantha Wu for the amazing review and remember we have SIX shows left!

Saturday July 7th – 9:15pm
Monday July 9th – 10:45pm
Tuesday July 10th – 4:45pm
Thursday July 12th – 9:30pm
Friday July 13th – 5:15pm
Saturday July 14th – 1:45pm

We hope to see you there!