Ashley is performing in She The People: The Resistance Continues
May 3 - September 15, 2019 at The Second City
Ashley Comeau is an actor, producer, and writer hailing from Brampton, Ontario. Ashley is a Second City alumna who wrote and starred in three revues which garnered her a Dora nomination and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. She was named Best Female Improviser from NOW Magazine’s “Best Of Awards 2015” and her comedy troupe The Lusty Mannequins were just named ‘Best of the Fest’ at the 2018 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. The Lustys have toured Europe, North America and have been to South Africa twice for the Mama City Improv Festival (which Ashley co-founded!). Select theatre credits include: Little Black Dress The Musical, People Suck, Songbuster: An Improvised Musical, Noises Off & Girls Night Out! She writes, acts 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. She’s very grateful to you for coming and to everyone who made this happen.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
When I tried several times to not be an artist and became so miserable that I came back to it. (Also when I was 9 and in a fury of emotions collaged my entire bedroom). I'm a moth to this fire, I've got things to say and mischief to share!
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
Every person I've ever worked with. We all push or pull for each other, helping each other grow. Special shout outs to Carly Heffernan, Lynne Cormack, Penelope Park, Chris Earle, Connor Thompson, Dahlia Katz, Flo & Joan, Diana Frances, Karen Parker, Daniel Shehori, Sam Roulston, Aimee McKay, Paloma Nunez, Forbes, Lanrick, The Snepsts, Kevin Vidal, Boomer and my little brother David for challenging and inspiring me to always take steps forward. I am constantly full of gratitude for so many humans. My heart could burst at any given moment.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
I am part of a sketch troupe called The Lusty Mannequins (with Karen Parker, Alastair Forbes and my husband Connor Thompson), and we were lucky enough to perform in Port Elgin this past weekend. Our friend Natalie Robitaille is the Artistic Director of the Bruce County Playhouse and we got to go up and perform there and see the strong love for theatre there. It was a great space with a wonderful energy and a lively audience. It was inspiring to see one of our friends creating a beautiful theatre hub in Southhampton with her community. It was an honour to be a part of that!
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
Pantheon Restaurant on the Danforth. The best saganaki in the city AND a man named Yanni who sings Happy Birthday like no other.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
Comedians. There are two drama masks and yet a common misconception is that comedians can only act funny, and yet traditional actors get cast on both sides of the mask. I implore the theatre community to see comedic actors as actors and the comedy community to see theatre actors as funny. We are the same community after all!