History

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SEX T-REX has been performing in Toronto since a fateful Cage Match free-for-all improv competition in 2008. After winning the $1000 Grand Prize they hooked up with Runner Up team The Jeremy Birrell Show (headed up by long-time friend of the group Matt Folliott) and created Sex with Jeremy; a monthly show at Comedy Bar that ran for three seasons.  These sold-out shows attracted acclaimed opening guests like Uncalled For, Picnicface, The Bitter End, Venezuela, Kerry Griffin, and more.

In February 2011 Sex T-Rex premiered Callaghan! a live, improvised action movie produced at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. Created as a way to showcase our physical theatre and stage combat training, Callaghan evolved from improv to a fully scripted 60 minute show (first produced at Montreal’s Mainline Theatre where it was invited back for a weekend run in April 2012) and went on to rave reviews and award nominations in the Montreal Fringe of 2012 and the Toronto Fringe in 2013, and Pick of the Fringe in 2016 when it was remounted as part of World Tour II.

In 2012, Sex T-Rex starred in a Puppet Sitcom, because those were all the rage in 2012.  Bendysign Coffee went on to win Insight Productions’ Pilot Week competition at Comedy Bar, netting a purse of 5000$- the first time Sex T-Rex had earned pay for a show that could not logically be spent on drinks that night.

Our next scripted show, a sci-fi comedy called Leviathan, premiered at Toronto’s up-and-coming Storefront Theatre in 2013 and went on to raves and award nominations of its own in the Montreal Fringe.  In Leviathan, Sex T-Rex collaborated with comedy powerhouse Chris Wilson (Peter N’ Chris, The Irrelevant Show) and drama powerhouse Hannah Miller (Soulpepper Theatre).

In 2014, due to being put on the spot in a radio interview, Sex T-Rex shifted its genre lens toward the western, producing a critically acclaimed run of improvised western movies in association with Bad Dog Theatre; Sundown, and scripting our third Action-Comedy: “Watch Out Wildkat!” (Yer Dealin’ With the Devil).  WildKat was our was our most ambitious tour to date (World Tour I- Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg), garnering five star reviews, selling out 200 seat theatres, and even winning Best of Fest at the 2014 Atlantic Fringe Festival.

In 2015, Sex T-Rex returned to the Fringe with floppy hats and foam swords at the ready for our swashbuckling fantasy SwordPlay: A Play of Swords.  SwordPlay was fringe hit- winning the Just For Laughs Best Comedy award in Montreal and selling out the latter half of its run at Toronto’s Al Green Theatre.  SwordPlay was remounted in the East Coast during World Tour II in 2016 and won Best Comedy at the Atlantic Fringe.

In 2016, Sex T-Rex produced SwordPlay and WildKat in repertory at the Storefront theatre in a night of blockbuster comedy we called “Sex T-Rep”.

In the 2016 Fringe, after having seen Mad Max: Fury Road at the movie theatre no less than twice AND sunk a number of hours into Fallout 4, we were beholden to tackle the Post Apocalyptic genre with the foam-tube-filled, radioaction-packed Wasteland.  Wasteland won Second City’s Most Outstanding Comedy award leading to a mainstage remount and a burgeoning relationship with Toronto’s premier comedy destination.

Meanwhile, our monthly variety show called Sex T-Rex & Friends and produced in association with the Free Times Cafe, ran for five occasionally interrupted years.  It was an opportunity to showcase some of our favourite acts and to give new performers and struggling family members a warm crowd to play for in shows known for their intimacy and wide variety of acts.

Between Sex T-Rex and Friendses, in 2012 we produced T-Rex Tonight in partnership with our good friends at Bad Dog Theatre (Then based in the Comedy Bar Cabaret), which took a new form at the newly formed Bad Dog Comedy Theatre on Bloor West as A Night at the Drive-In.  Alumni from these shows include John Hastings, The Templeton Philharmonic, Tony Ho, 2 Man No Show, Kris Siddiqui, and the ubiquitous Matt Folliott.

As of 2017, Sex T-Rex are Artists in Residence at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (now a Rock-Hot venue in its own right!) and have run a pair of monthly Improv shows there: Any Given Thursday, which continues our tradition of showcasing our favourite acts; and D&D Live!  an unscripted parody of Dungeons and Dragons.

 

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