Ashley Comeau is a Queer, award-winning actor, producer, director and writer with over 15 years of professional experience. As a Second City mainstage alumna she wrote and starred in three theatrical revues which garnered her both a Dora and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination.
She was named ‘Best Female Improviser’ from NOW Magazine’s “Best Of Awards” and most recently won a Canadian Comedy Award for Second City’s first all female-identifying revue, She The People. Her comedy troupe The Lusty Mannequins were named ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, and won the ‘Best Comedy Characters of the Year’ Award from Phoenix Remix, UK for their original show Uncommonwealth in their debut year at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Select theatre acting credits include: She The People (Mirvish/Just For Laughs), Uncommonwealth (Edinburgh Fringe), Little Black Dress The Musical, People Suck, Songbuster: An Improvised Musical, Noises Off, Girls Night Out!
Selected TV/Film credits include: The Boys (Amazon Prime), Transplant (NBC/CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) Odd Squad Mobile Unit (PBS/TVO), Tallboyz (CBC), Degrassi: The Next Class (Family/DHX).
Two shows that she was an associate producer and a creative consultant on (It’s My Party, and Tallboyz) have been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards.
Selected TV producing credits include: Paranormal 911 (T+E), It’s My Party (TVO), Haunted Hospitals (T+E), The Zone (YTV). She had the privilege and honour of working as Consulting producer on Tallboyz season three during lockdown.
Selected Live Production credits include: BANFF World Media Program Competition Awards Luncheon and Gala (Achilles/Brunico) Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TSCF), Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF),and the Mama City Improv Festival, Africa’s first International Improv Festival which she co-founded and co-produces.
Ashley also directs! She directed the international award-winning comedy duo Flo & Joan’s first two shows, Victory Flaps, and The Kindness of Stranglers. She directed the Toronto Fringe hit musical It Girls! (written by Emily Richardson), directed the weekly improvised soap opera Calm Springs at Comedy Bar and the all-female sketch troupe Cherry Beach Comedy for their International Women’s Day Spectacular.
She has travelled the world both performing and facilitating improv and corporate communications. She even co-founded Africa’s first international improv festival the Mama City Improv Festival in Cape Town, where she goes every year to celebrate the best and the brightest improv talent from around the globe.
She has worked with such notable talent as: Colin Mochrie & Debra McGrath (Girls Night In), Bruce McCulloch (TallBoyz), John Cleese and Robin Duke (Just for Laughs 2009), Jack McBreyer (Second City Improv), Joe Flaherty (Humber College), and Jayne Eastwood (Best Friends Forever/CBC) to name a few.
She graduated simultaneously from Humber College's Comedy Writing and Performance Programme and Second City's Conservatory Programme in 2008 and this launched her into her professional comedy career. She graduated with honours and won the Carl Leonard Award for Integrity.
Ashley has written editorial contributions for The Women's Post, CBC's Punchline, The Walrus Laughs and Today's Parent Magazine.
Follow Her on Twitter @ashleycomeau and @lustymannequins. She keeps busy with her husband Connor Thompson and their rescue dog #LilToby.
Be sure to check out her Twitter if you'd like more info on how/where to see her perform live. Comeau is a woman with a dark, comedic mind. She explores her politik, her identity and her nightmares through humour and the macabre.
In short: She acts, writes and produces for TV and stage now, used to be a tour guide, and almost became a funeral director. That pretty much sums her up.
Photo Credit: Dahlia Katz Photography