From left: Connor Thompson, Ashley Comeau, STING, Karen Parker, Alastair Forbes
Photo by: Dahlia Katz Photography
THE LUSTY MANNEQUINS
The Lusty Mannequins are Ashley Comeau, Alastair Forbes, Karen Parker, and Connor Thompson: the Four Horsemen of the Comedy Apocalypse!*
All four are alumni of the Second City Mainstage in Toronto, combining for over 60 years of comedy experience.
They have taught and performed the world over, from Bratislava to Barcelona, from London to the Gulf of Mexico (aboard a cruise ship). In 2016 they co-founded the Mama City Improv Festival in Cape Town, helping to create the first ever international improv festival on the African Continent. They have appeared in commercials and TV shows and films and have sung with symphonies and written plays and podcasts, alongside folks like John Cleese, Robin Duke, Martin Short, Colin Mochrie, and the Kids in the Hall.
They have gathered many accolades including Canadian Comedy Awards, Dora Award nominations and most recently the ‘Best of the Fest’ from the 2018 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival last March. Most recently, they just got back from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their hit show Uncommonwealth.
All four are on the faculty of the Second City Training Centre in Toronto, where they teach improv to people of all ages and skill levels.
They continue to tour the world teaching, promoting and performing comedy. Follow their exploits on Twitter and Instagram @lustymannequins
*Alastair stepped on a bird once, so he would be Death probably.
Follow them on Twitter @hahaforbes, @ashleycomeau, @cpethompson @thekarenparker1.
"The Lusty Mannequins are incredibly talented...they can truly do it all." Sofia Matias, The List UK
Alastair Forbes has been a professional improvisor for over a decade. He’s taught, and performed for Second City Toronto including 4 years in their National Touring Company and writing three mainstage shows for them. He’s a three time nominee for Best Male Improviser at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
He’s performed and taught at numerous Improv festivals around the world including Vancouver, Montreal and Cape Town. He was voted best International Ensemble performer at VIIF.
Alastair also writes and performs for television in Canada and, most importantly, is an incredibly passionate disc golf player. He really enjoys the use of the hashtag #LilForbes.
Ashley Comeau is an improviser, producer, actor and writer hailing from Toronto, Canada. Ashley is a Second City alumna who wrote and starred in three revues at The Second City Toronto which garnered her a Dora nomination and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. She was named Best Female Improviser in Toronto from NOW Magazine’s “Best Of Awards 2015” and just won a Canadian Comedy Award for 'Best Live Ensemble' in Second City's first all female-identifying revue, She The People.
She performs all over the world with the Lustys. They’ve toured Europe, North America and have been to South Africa twice for the Mama City Improv Festival (which Ashley co-founded!).
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. You can follow her on Twitter here: @ashleycomeau
"Expect lots of smart comedy with an impeccable sense of drama and surprise." Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
Karen is a 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning/Dora nominated actor and an alumna of the Second City Toronto Mainstage (Facebook of Revelations, Tazed and Confused, Barack to the Future). Most recently she was the director for the Second City House Company and Assistant Director for their Mainstage productions: The Hotline Always Blings
Twice and Party Today, Panic Tomorrow!
She has performed with theatre companies across Canada. Selected film and television credits include: People of Earth, Baroness Von Sketch Show,
Hemlock Grove, Beauty & The Beast, The Firm, Saving Hope, Being Erica, The Jon Dore Show and Instant Star.
When not performing she is an acting and improv instructor at the Second City Training Centre, Making Box Theatre and Social Capital Theatre. Karen also travels the world teaching and performing with the Lusty Mannequins. The Lustys recently took home the 'Best of the Fest' award at the 2018 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.
Connor Thompson is an award-winning actor, writer, and improvisor. At Second City Toronto he wrote and performed in three main-stage revues. Currently he is the Director of the National Touring Company at Second City.
With the Lusty Mannequins he has taught and performed improv around the world, including festivals in Barcelona, Dublin, Hamburg, London, and Cape Town.
He is also the co-creator of The Playcast, a playwriting and podcast series available on iTunes. He’s a member of the musical improv troupe Songbuster: An Improvised Musical, even though he doesn’t think he’s that great of a singer.
Currently Connor teaches on the faculty at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto. He lives with his partner Ashley and their dog, Toby.