This Hyped New Comedy Series Is the Hottest Thing to Come Out of Canada Since Justin Trudeau
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Ah, Canada: land of the best vacays, the most creative population, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (and all his glorious photo ops). There’s a lot to love about America’s neighbors to the north, not least of which is one of the best comedy shows going right now (at a time when we need it more than ever, to boot): the Baroness von Sketch Show.
Baroness von Sketch Show was created by, and stars, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, and Jennifer Whalen, four comedy veterans who had an immediate cult hit when the show debuted on the CBC in Canada last year. This summer, the fast-moving, quick-witted single-camera sketch comedy show has arrived in the US on IFC, and it’s bound to resonate with a whole new audience.
The sketch comedy show intelligently skewers some of the more narcissistic and self-serious parts of contemporary culture, and it all feels WAY too familiar — from beauty and technology to friendships and feminism and more.
The show features an often-lacking diversity of perspectives, and the insight — not to mention literal LOL-worthy performances in every sketch — will make you a fan on the first watch.
The Baroness-es are currently busy getting ready for a third season of the show in Toronto, but they took some time to answer a few questions via email to help us get to know them a little better.
“I want it all. I want the vagina jokes, I want the art criticism, I want the action heroes, I want the historical dramas and I want silly cartoons that have absolutely nothing to say about being a woman. You need a larger sample size to get a meaningful result.” – Aurora Browne, Baroness von Sketch Show
B+C: Your sketches are spot-on without ever feeling like parody. What’s the secret to keeping it really real?
Jennifer Whalen: Tell the truth and don’t wear too many wigs.
B+C: What do Americans need to know about Canadian humor?
Carolyn Taylor: That it’s spelled with a “u.”
B+C: What other parts of a complex female perspective would you like to see more represented in TV/movies?
Aurora Browne: I don’t even want to suggest what women should write about — the only thing I want to see is more of them making art. No one asks, “Hey, are we getting a full and complex view of the male perspective?” each time a man makes a movie because of course there are so many, many movies and TV shows made by men. I get to just enjoy each one on its own merits, and if I learn something about being a dude, great. I want the same plethora of expression for women, which is to say, I want it all. I want the vagina jokes, I want the art criticism, I want the action heroes, I want the historical dramas and I want silly cartoons that have absolutely nothing to say about being a woman. You need a larger sample size to get a meaningful result.
B+C: Who are your comedy idols?
Carolyn Taylor: Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Lili Tomlin, Carol Burnett, and Bernadette Peters.
B+C: What do your daily social media habits look like?
Jennifer Whalen: Go to work. Avoid work by looking at Facebook. Feel guilty about looking at Facebook. Consider tweeting. Get shy and weirded out. Get off Twitter. Get on Instagram, the palate cleansing sorbet of social media! Look at dog pics. Put the phone down and start work. Repeat as needed every three hours.
B+C: Is there anything off-limits in the show?
Carolyn Taylor: There is very little that is off-limits on the show, except maybe unexamined female stereotypes.
B+C: Aging is the best (usually). What would you tell young women now in their 20s about turning 30 or 40 that they might not know or believe?
Aurora Browne: The things you think you will never ever wear or do or like, you will absolutely do, wear, and LOVE. Also, invest in a good set of tweezers and a magnifying mirror now. ALSO, STOP BEING GROSSED OUT BY THE IDEA OF ANYONE OVER 40 HAVING SEX. YOU WILL HIT THAT AGE WAY SOONER THAN YOU THINK, AND YOU BETTER HOPE TO GOD YOU’RE STILL GETTING SOME WHEN YOU DO.
Watch Baroness von Sketch Show Wednesdays at 10pm or online on IFC.
What’s your favorite Baroness von Sketch Show clip? Let us know @BritandCo!
(Photos via CBC)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)