Second City current show features grads moving up in comedy world

(left to right) Connor Thompson, Kevin Whalen, Allison Price, Sarah Hillier, Ashley Bottling and Etan Muskat are starring Second City's current show Rebel without a Cosmos. Courtesy of Second City (left to right) Connor Thompson, Kevin Whalen, Allison Price, Sarah Hillier, Ashley Bottling and Etan Muskat are starring Second City's current show Rebel without a Cosmos. Courtesy of Second City

Persis Abraham
A&E Reporter

Former Humber grads are currently on stage for Second City’s Rebel without a Cosmos.
Directed by Reid James the comedy looks at how people today seem to be wrapped up in their own problems and forget more important issues in the world, relying on technology and not remembering how to properly socialize.

Actors Ashley Botting, Sarah Hillier, Etan Muskat, Allison Price, Connor Thompson, and Kevin Whalen all co-wrote a show filled with comedy sketch, improv, and music.

Connor Thompson is a Humber graduate and this is his third year at Mainstage revue. He graduated from the Creative Writing Correspondent program which is also known as the Humber School for Writer’s in 2012. Thompson has been in the cast with Second City for about a year and a half after going through an audition process.

From his experiences with the show, Thompson says, “the process is long and intense. It took us 11 weeks to write the show but the best part about it is working with the cast and the gang.”

Thompson’s comedic career has him traveling to far off places such as Belize, Honduras, and Milwaukee. Thompson starred in the Fringe Festival show Dale Beaner and the Turtle Boy and the Canadian comedy Award nominated improvised parody Throne of Games.

Along with these achievements, Thompson also has some TV credentials under his belt which include, Paranormal Witness, Cracked, and Odd Squad.

Humber graduate Sarah Hillier from the ensemble cast was named Best Female Improviser in NOW Magazine’s 2013 Best of Toronto Awards. She also won the same award in 2011 at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Second City had a hit show called Sixteen Scandals in which Hillier performed and co-wrote.

Humber web design student Lauren D’Souza said, “The show was hilarious. This is my first Second City show I’m going to make it out to more Second City shows whenever I can. It’s something new and exciting to do in Toronto and the price wasn’t bad at all.”

Rebel without a Cosmos is on stage every Tuesday to Thursday 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 to 10 p.m. The tickets are on sale for $25 each. The show will continue until January 2015.

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