COMEDY BIO & CV

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“Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes.” – (Four stars) * * * * TheWeeReview.com

“Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny.” – The Scene Magazine 

“Polished Canadian comic” – Chortle

Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns is relentlessly funny with her confessional and brutally honest storytelling style of comedy. With seemingly sweet and innocent charm, Katharine finds dark comedy in her observations on relationships, family, mental illness, feminism and her past misadventures.

In 2012, Katharine was a finalist in the Toronto’s Funniest Comedian Contest at Just For Laughs (JFL42). She has also opened for Big Jay Oakerson, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Tom Segura, Sam Tripoli, Baron Vaughn, Brian Redban from Deathsquad and Brendon Walsh. Katharine was nominated for the 2013 Fresh Meat Competition for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund sponsored by The Second City, Toronto.

Katharine was featured on the ichannel (Canada’s political and social issues network) in the stand-up series No Kidding and as a panelist on Inside Joke in 2014. She also appeared in an episode of MTV’s Losing It and several theatrical productions with the PineTree Players in Alberta. Katharine also hosted a monthly show COMEDY INFERNO and was the weekly headliner at the Hot Box in Toronto.

In 2014 Katharine moved to the UK to continue her career in her family’s home country. That year she was a finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act Competition and in 2015, Katharine brought her 4 star debut solo show Conscious, Incompetent to the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

At the 2016 Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Katharine raised money for www.refuge.org.uk and www.health-in-mind.org.uk with her shows Katharine Ferns is Faking It and from her split hour of stand-up with Evelyn Mok.

In 2017 Katharine brought her new show to the Leicester Comedy Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival and will be at the Manchester Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Vancouver Fringe Festival. This show Katharine Ferns is in Stitches is a comedic storytelling journey about domestic violence, mental illness with some feminism for comic relief.

You can follow her on twitter @katharineferns for updates on upcoming shows.

Bookings: katharineferns@gmail.com

 

COMPETITION:

2016 
Regional Finalist, Funny Women Stage Award, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014 
Finalist, Laughing Horse New Act Competition, London, UK
Semi-Finalist, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, London, UK
2013
Semi-Finalist, Fresh Meat, Tim Sims Encouragement Fund, The Second City, Toronto, ON
2012
Finalist, Toronto’s Funniest Comedian, Just for Laughs (JFL42), Toronto, ON

LIVE SHOWS:

2017   
Katharine Ferns is In Stitches, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
Full International Brexit, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches, Manchester Fringe Festival, Manchester
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches, Leicester Comedy Festival, Leicester
Katharine Ferns is in Stitches, (Preview), Monkey Barrel Comedy, Edinburgh
XS Malarkey, Manchester
The Comedy Store Manchester

2016
Evelyn Mok and Katharine Ferns: Trigger Warning, August 4-28, The Free Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Work in Progress, solo show, August 4-28, The Free Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Work in Progress, solo show, May 16-22, Laughing Horse, Brighton Fringe
The Stand, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle
The Beehive, Edinburgh
Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
Bromley Comedy Club, Bromley
Hippodrome Casino, London
Comedy Curry, Lincoln Showground, Lincoln
Backyard Comedy Club, London
Soho Comedy Club, London

2015
Opening Act, Sean Hughes, Mostly Comedy, Hitchin
Conscious Incompetent, solo show, The Free Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
Conscious Incompetent, solo show, Laughing Horse, Brighton Fringe
Komedia, Krater, Brighton, UK
Comedy Cafe, London, UK
Backyard Comedy Club, London, UK

2014
Top Secret Comedy Club, London, UK
Soho Comedy Club, London, UK
Co-headliner, Matt Henry and Friends, Edinburgh Fringe
NORTH BY NORTHEAST FESTIVAL (NXNE), Comedy Bar, Toronto, ON
Opening Act, Sam Tripoli, Hamilton, ON
Opening Act, Tom Segura, London and Hamilton, ON
The Comedy Quarry Club, Windsor, ON

2013
Opening Act, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Underground Comedy Club, Toronto, ON
Opening Act, Brendon Walsh, Dark Comedy Festival, Comedy Bar, Toronto, ON
Opening Act, Dark Comedy Festival Tour, London Music Hall, London, ON
Opening Act, Baron Vaughn, Underground Comedy Club, Toronto, ON
Opening Act, Brian Redban, Underground Comedy Club, Toronto, ON
Yuk Yuks, Kitchener and Toronto, ON
Absolute Comedy Club, Kingston and Toronto, ON
ALTdot Comedy Lounge, Rivoli, Toronto, ON

2012
Opening Act, Big Jay Oakerson, Underground Comedy Club, Toronto, ON
Absolute Comedy Club, Ottawa and Toronto, ON
Yuk Yuks, Vancouver, Toronto and Hamilton
Comedy Mix, Vancouver, BC
Lafflines, New Westminster, BC

TELEVISION:

2014
Inside Joke, Panelist, iChannel, Toronto, ON
No Kidding, iChannel, Toronto, ON
2013
Losing It, Episode 4, MTV, Toronto, ON
Commercial, What? Board Game, Riley Lake Productions
Commercial, Canadian Trivia Board Game, Riley Lake Productions

PRODUCER:

2013-14  COMEDY INFERNO (monthly), Crown and Tiger, Toronto, ON
2012-13  TACOmedy (weekly), La Revolucion, Toronto, ON

PODCAST:

2014
Episode 187: Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank, London, UK
2013
Episode 16, Bitshop, Toronto, ON
Episode 33, Laughmatic, Montreal, ON
The Comic Call #8, High on Trees, Toronto, ON

THEATER:

2007    Actor, Sinners by Norm Foster, PineTree Players, Canmore, AB
2006    Actor, Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand, PineTree Players
2006    Actor, Sunday on the Rocks by Theresa Rebeck, Apples & Eve Theatre Co.
2005    Actor, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley, PineTree Players

 

 

 

 

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