The Boom is a Toronto based sketch comedy troupe that was formed in 2008. They perform a live monthly show the first Thursday of the month at The Drake Underground. Special guests include Colin Monchrie (Drew Carey Show), Scott Thompson, (Kids in the Hall) Don Ferguson, (Canadian Air Farce) Nikki Payne, (Last Comic Standing) and opened for WWE Legend Mick Foley. The Boom has performed in the Toronto and Montreal Sketch Festival, NXNE, The Women in Comedy Boston Festival, Upright Citizens Brigade New York and LA. Ten members strong, their high-energy, raunchy, and unapologetic playful style has consistently kept sold-out crowds in non-stop hysterics.
A graduate of Humber Comedy Writing and Performing program, Tim Dorsch started performing when he was 7 years old. Since then he had appeared in countless commercials, TV shows, movies and stage productions – most notably as the Zamboni driver in a series of MasterCard ads. He also trained at The Second City, The Impatient Theatre Company, Sponk Improv NYC, Kitchener School of the Performing Arts and Playing on the Moon. Tim has been performing with THE BOOM since it formed in 2006.
Garrett Jamieson has been performing with THE BOOM since 2006. Originally from Winnipeg, Garrett moved to Toronto to take comedy writing and performing at Humber College, which was completed with honours. Garrett attributes his smart, soulless and smutty satire style from working at a funeral home, a dirt factory, and an adult video store. Garrett has performed in NYC, LA and across Canada. He has also written and performed on XM Satellite Radio. When he’s not doing comedy Garrett is drawing, drinking, or playing the banjo.
Desiree Lavoy has been performing both sketch and stand-up for the past five years. She has appeared on Comedy Network’s, Cream of Comedy, as well as Toronto Sketch Fest and Montreal Sketch Fest. Although witty and eccentric her comedy is also so vulgar and offensive that it makes a guy with a half litter of dead kittens stapled to the back of his head, cringe. This sense of humour has earned her a permanent place in THE BOOM.
One of the founding members of THE BOOM, Eytan Millstone has been writing and performing since well before his voice cracked. He was a runner up in the Toronto Star short story contest in 2004, and the 2011 Toronto Poetry Slam grand champion. He loves breaking things, but only when it doesn’t get him into trouble.
Keith Pedro’s sharp mind and quick tongue has made him a favourite to watch all over the North America. He is a stand-up headliner and produces the popular Toronto based show, Saved-by-the Grind at The Second City. He has appeared as a drug dealer on Degrassi: Next Generation, is a regular on XM Satellite Radio’s Laugh Attack, as well as a featured member of Much Music’s Video on Trial. As one of THE BOOM’s founding members, you can catch him selling fake drugs to fake kids on fake Degrassi Street.
Deborah Etta Robinson grew up in Kelowna British Columbia. Her mellow west coast vibe and her love of arts made her pack-up her bags and move to New York City. There, she studied acting at Terry Schreiber Studios and hit the comedy scene hard. Frequenting her stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy and Stand-Up New York. She also had an internship at People Improv Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade NYC. Most recently she performed at the Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She is also a writer for SexyNerdGirl.com, is a founding member of the Toronto based video collective, The Wrong Box and wants to be your best friend.
If you were wondering whom that loud, half-naked guy in a women’s thong was, it would probably be your old pal Jay Wells. As one of THE BOOM’s founding members, Jay Wells knew from the beginning that he wants to shock you as much as he wants to make you laugh. His alter ego, Ricky Ridicky, would have you believe he’s a 13-year-old gangster rapper in a Catholic School-boy uniform. Deep down, Jay is just a good ol’ fashioned sketch comedian with a wide array of insane characters like Snakebite, the 80’s Metal God with daddy issues, or ‘The Go F*@% Yourself Guy’, a fun-loving sit-com hero with a memorable catch phrase.
Hannan Younis somehow managed to graduate from Humber Comedy Writing and Performing program top in her class. That, and her stellar acting skills made her an obvious choice to be a member of THE BOOM. Even though she doesn’t do improv, prop comedy or stand-up, she has amazing comedic timing and is a natural on stage. Recently she has teamed up with Bryn Pottie to create comedy duo, Definition of Knowledge, which pokes fun of the Def Poetry and themselves. Hannan has been a member of THE BOOM since 2010.
Robyn Palmer has studied Writing For TV Comedy at Ryerson University and was invited to participate in a Master Class with Kenn Scott. Robyn’s work has received critical acclaim in The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life and the Torontoist. Robyn has been performing on stage since the age of 11 and has since been in a myriad of embarrassing commercials and TV shows. A graduate of The Vancouver Film School, Robyn has been working steadily in TV and Film for over a decade as an actress alongside talents such as Sophia Loren and Kim Cattrall.
Michelle Mohan is a recent graduate of Humber’s Comedy Writing & Performance program as well as Second City’s Conservatory, THE BOOM found Michelle performing her “act” on an old boxcar. They took her on as an intern, letting her write with them and contribute to their Tumblr blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, all the while teaching her to live like a lady, not a hobo.