Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Ashley can be described as a "real card." She is an actor, improviser, producer, writer, political activist, and singer who loves tea, gin and rescue dogs.
Ashley is chuffed to be performing at the CAA Theatre as part of Second City’s first all-female identifying sketch revue (the Canadian Comedy Award winning) She The People, this February. She is an alumna of Second City Toronto’s Mainstage where she wrote and starred in three hit revues (Dreams Really Do Come True...And Other Lies, Live Wrong and Prosper, and We've Totally (Probably) Got This!).
She is also a founding member of sketch and improv troupe The Lusty Mannequins with Connor Thompson, Karen Parker and Alastair Forbes. They are recently back from their successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their hit show Uncommonwealth. They have headlined comedy festivals in North America, Europe and Africa. They are billed as the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Ashley is a producer of both television and live events. Her experiences range from producing television (YTV's The Zone, Food Network Canada's Chef in Your Ear), to live events such as comedy shows at Bad Dog Theatre and the 2016/2017 Banff World Media Festival Gala and Program Competition Awards Luncheon). She was recently an Associate Producer with Bristow Global Media working on such hit shows as: It's My Party!, Paranormal 9-1-1, and Haunted Hospitals.
Selected Film and Television Credit Include:
The Boys (Amazon Studios), Christmas Jars (Muse Entertainment), Tallboyz (CBC), Degrassi: Next Class (DHX Media), Odd Squad (Sinking Ship Entertainment), The Real M*A*S*H (Storyline Entertainment), Cold Blood (Cineflix/Discovery), and Curious and Unusual Deaths (Newroad Media/Discovery).
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. She keeps busy with her husband and sketch partner Connor Thompson and their dog #LilToby.
Follow Her on Twitter @ashleycomeau and @lustymannequins.
Be sure to check out her Twitter if you'd like more info on how/where to see her perform live.
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