The Follies, the University of Toronto’s nicest (and oldest) sketch troupe, showcases brave teens trying their best. Our show is a musical, theatrical collection of stories that matter to us. We channel our frustrations to yell, sing, and dance in response to the world's many weird white guy fetishes, buttholes, classrooms and other racial and gendered injustices. The Follies can be seen regularly on U of T campus and at shows throughout the city! Our comedy is a lot of talking back to those that make us angry (Jordan Peterson) and we’ve been told what we have to say is important. Our sketches are the deeply personal made profoundly public, loud, and verbose–which we find makes audiences and our school's frat boys very comfortable.
The Follies were founded by Wayne and Shuster, produced by Lorne Michaels, and its new members are trying very hard not to mess it all up. The troupe was revived from the ashes in 2014, when the head writers at the time developed a writing process, audition stages, and what we like to call a very “Follies” style of humor. A lot of work has gone into the last three years; over which we’ve become well known not just across our campus but, increasingly, across the city. Our brand of wordy, racial, and gendered humour has been written about by every university publication that comes to mind. The Follies 2017/2018 can be seen on stages throughout the city: The Cat’s Eye, The U of T Drama Festical, Hart House Theatre, Aki Studio, The Sketchersons, and more. We love performing regularly on campus and on shows across Toronto–in particular in last year’s Toronto Sketchfest – and we prioritize diversity, which is rare for student productions. No more than one white male is allowed on or near the troupe per season.
The Follies 2017/2018 are:
Lauren Medeiros Cox