Jane Luk is a Toronto-based actor, writer, comedian, improvisor, producer and director.


OCTOBER 2006

BAD DOG THEATRE (Formerly Theatresports)
PRESENTS
ALUMNI NIGHT GALA

October 14
Alumni Night Gala of Grand Improvisors of the Past (No, they're not dead just improvising together again after a decade!)

Hosted by me, Jane Luk
To start the evening we have an amazing lineup of improvisors.


Alumni Cast: Jenny Parsons (Second City), Bruce Hunter (Puppets Who Kill) , Linda Kash (Top Angel for Philly Cream Cheese), Kevin Frank (Pet Project), Michael Williams-Stark (Making Faces), Paul de la Rosa (Suspect), Sam Agro (Canadian Space Opera Company.

Then we have....

THE CHUMPS
Long time improv troupe, The Chumps, entertained with their style of long form and sketch back in the early nineties at the legendary BIG CITY IMPROV, a space devoted entirely to the art of improv. It is now the quaint Amato Pizza on Queen West but all those memories of improvised sandal epics, Star Trek parodies, movie parodies and Wed Aids still linger among the anchovies and oranciata. They also had their own CBC radio segment!

Come and see the reunion of Moira Dunphy (Second City), Lisa Merchant (Train 48), Jerry Shaefer (Red Green), Garry Campbell (Mad TV), Gary Pearson, (This Hour has 22 Min.) Warren Wilson as the Beaver and fresh from his honeymoon, David R. Healey all on the same stage!

What a fantastic lineup. All the performers started out at Theatresports and have gone on to much bigger things like...television, film, houses and kids! They have generously donated their time and talent for this special night.

Lend us your bums and we'll make you laugh them off that night. How's that for a selling feature? All proceeds go to the Bad Dog Theatre, a not for profit theatre company who could really use your generousity and support.

Then celebrate with us after the show with some nibblies and refreshments.

Hope to see you there! Reserve online now and save yourself added aggravation on the night.

Saturday October 14, 2006
8pm - Show time
10pm - Gala
Tickets: $20
Bad Dog Theatre Co.
138 Danforth Ave. (just east of Broadview)
Toronto, ON
M4K 1N1
(416) 491-3115
To reserve online: http://www.baddogtheatre.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=227






BOOBY Benefit
October 5,6,7
Wild and crazy gals bring you a fun-filled night of girl on girl improv. I'll be onstage with Jenny Parsons, Jan Caruana, Lisa Merchant, Aurora Browne, Lindsay Leese among others and host, Rochelle Wilson.
I'm only performing on October 5, but go and support this worthy cause! The purpose of the show is to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. The charity we are performing for is called Rethink Breast Cancer and you can go to their website for more info:
http://www.rethinkbreastcancer.com

Thursday October 5, 6, 7 8:00 p.m.
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office
Tickets: only $15!

For more ticket info: http://www.baddogtheatre.com/modules/news/



SEPTEMBER 2006

September 8
COMEDY ON THE DANFORTH
I'm back from summer vacation and can't wait to improvise for you in our 7th year! Come on out to the FIRST SHOW back with The Wrecking Crew. Always a blast. Always good, clean family fun in a relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious coffee and dessert.
Fridays at 9pm from September to June,
Timothy's World News Cafe
320 Danforth Ave. between Broadview and Chester
(416) 461-2668
PWYC($5 suggested minimum)

September 15, 22
NOT FOUND!
That hilarious parody of LOST! is back and I'm playing Inga again (parody character of Sun). The last season, Inga and Incredibly Fast Growing Man-Baby (Paul Bates) manage to get off the island along with the mystery chest. They finally break into the locked chest to find the one thing that the woman, one of the "OTHERS" warned about. The one crucial item that would change the world irreparably...an accordian, of course.
Reserve now by calling the Bad Dog Theatre.
http://www.baddogtheatre.com

Friday Sep 15 10:00 p.m.
Friday Sep 22 10:00 p.m.

Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office

Tickets: only $10!

For more info: http://www.baddogtheatre.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=181

**THIS EVENT POSTPONED TIL FURTHER NOTICE**
September 26
CANADIAN COMIC PROTECTION PROGRAM
Produced by Rick Wharton

Where: The Laugh Resort
370 King Street West
The Holiday Inn, Concourse Level
8:00 p.m.
Donation minimum of $12.00 to support
FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS
Come and enjoy a night of multi-talented comedians and help out a great cause. Also on the bill will be Rick Wharton, the man himself, Bruce Hunter (Puppets Who Kill), Brigitte Gall (Me,My House and I), Albert Howell (Comedy Inc.), Jack Mosshammer (Train 48), Frank McAnulty (Cream of Comedy), Harry Doupe (Standup Extraordinaire-that's my description!) and Rob McLean will be our brilliant Musical Director. Making a special appearance will be legendary song writer, Blair Packham.

For more info: http://eventureentertainment.com/home.htm
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AUGUST 2006

August 12
TASTE OF THE DANFORTH
Bad Dog Theatre will open its doors again for this event and I will be performing in two of the early slots on Saturday August 12. So if you're in the mood this weekend to Taste the Danforth (where else can you get cheap souvlaki and sushi within steps of each other and then get a massage for $10??) and laugh and guffaw in an air conditioned theatre then I hope to see you!
I'll be on 1:00pm and 2:30pm

For more info go to http://www.baddogtheatre.com

August 13
Monkey Toast @ The Drake Hotel
Join Jane and a dozen other top improvisors at the swanky and hip Drake Hotel. The show is a "Pay What You Think the Show Was Worth", so you pay at the end. All-improvised format with guest celebrities giving monologues based on their real life. Always fun.
1150 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416. 531.5042
PAY WHAT YOU THINK THE SHOW WAS WORTH

JULY 2006

July 23, 27 - BE PACIFIC
Back by popular demand, I'm directing the remount of the all Asian sketch group, Asiansploitation for 2 more shows! The last show was sold out 3 weeks in advance. Some of the cast couldn't even invite their own families! So reserve now by calling the Bad Dog Theatre.
http://www.baddogtheatre.com

Sunday July 23 8:00 p.m.
Thursday July 27 8:00 p.m.
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office

Tickets: only $8!

For more info on the May 30, 2006 show click on this link: http://asiancomedy.blogspot.com/

July 21 - ROFL 2006

An evening of comedy produced by Pradeep Nair with me doing a set of standup. Rolling On the Floor Laughing
Tickets go on sale June 30 and not before!

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto
Tickets: $20 (Come on you love me. I'm worth it.)

Many other cool cats of diverse cultures making with the funny. Check out the link below for more info!

http://www.rofl2006.com/info.php


June 2006

June 25 - Monkey Toast
All improv format known as the Armando.
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street W
8:00 p.m.
Cover: Pay What You Can!


March 2006

MARK THESE DATES!
April 5, 16, 19 2006


Wednesday April 5
Potluck Festival
Featuring ... (Excerpts from my first play!)
"Girl Out Standing In Her Field" by Jane Luk
7:30 pm @ Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst (@ Adelaide)

All tickets are Pay What You Can but reserve because it's almost sold out already! Call (416)496-5726 to reserve.

Sunday April 16, Wednesday April 19
BILLABLE HOURS 9:30 pm on Showcase, right after Trailer Park Boys.
Starring Fab Fillipo, Brandon Firla, Jennifer Baxter, Dov Tiefenbach, Aaron Tager and ME, JANE LUK as Cam Belter!

If you miss it you can catch it again on Wednesday April 19 at 9:30 on Showcase.

Also watch the airwaves for two upcoming commercials:
PC Banking as the Cashier
Fallsview Casino as the Black Jack player



January 2006

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

GET READY FOR A ROCK'EM SOCK'EM 2006!




December 2005
DEC 2, DEC 10, DEC 12, DEC 17 ONLY!!

A Twisted Christmas Carol ... not exactly by Dickens
Jane is reprising her role as Mrs. Cratchit in the hilarious Bad Dog Theatre Production of "A Twisted Christmas Carol". Come and see Jane work her improv magic in a traditional tale twisted with modern suggestions. Done in full costume mostly provided by Value Village. Check out our great reviews. The Eye gave it a rating of four out of five!

Click on the links below and see for your self!

http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_11.10.05/arts/onstage.html

http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-12-08/stage_comedyfeature.php

Also,
CHRISTINE CUSHING
, supreme chef of the Food Network airwaves, will be the celebrity guest on the Dec. 2 show only! (Check out Jane's appearance on Christine's show, "Cook with me" in January. More details later!)
Every show in November has been selling out so book your tickets now!
A Twisted Christmas Carol
December 2, 10
8:00 p.m.
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office

Tickets: only $12!

For more info go to http://www.baddogtheatre.com

FRIDAY DEC 16 LAST SHOW OF 2005!
Comedy on the Danforth
with her improv troupe, The Wrecking Crew. Join Gord Oxley, Rob Hawke and Jane on their final Friday night of the year. Always a blast. Always good, clean family fun in a relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious coffee and dessert. After that we'll see you in January!
Fridays at 9pm from January to June, September to December
PWYC($5 suggested minimum)
Timothy's World News Cafe
320 Danforth Ave. between Broadview and Chester
(416) 461-2668

October and November 2005
Jane is just ecstatic to be shooting a new series for Showcase! She plays Cam Belter, the office manager of a prestigious law firm on the new half hour comedy, Billable Hours. Also starring is co-creator Fab Filippo, Brandon Firla, Jennifer Baxter, Dov Tiefenbach and Aaron Tager. Shooting is going smoothly and the airdates will be in April 2006!

You'd think being a regular on a series doesn't allow much time for anything else, but you'd be sadly mistaken!

Look out for Jane on super chef Christine Cushing's new show, "Christine Cushing : Cook with me" in January on the Food Network. Also appearing with Jane is uber writer for the Globe and Mail, Jan Wong and also hip restauranteur Leslie Ng of "Kubo Radio". You'll love Christine. She's fun, free spirit who really knows how to cook! You have two chances to tune in.
January 10, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00pm on the Food Network.
So ... come on out NOVEMBER 7 to the Bad Dog Theatre where Jane and a large bevy of funny women improvisors get together to perform a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. Affectionately known as "The Booby Benefit", all proceeds will go toward the "rethink breast cancer".

November 7 and 9 (Jane is only appearing on November 7)
8:00 p.m.
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office

Tickets: only $12!


For more info go to http://www.baddogtheatre.com



September 2005

Jane will hosting the First Annual Bad Dog Theatre Alumni weekend of shows. Join Jane this September 16 and 17 and see Theatresports Toronto members of yesteryear both on stage and in the audience reminiscing.

Remember Tiger Ted or Dangerous Poultry or the lovely and talented Linda Kash? How about the innovative comic genius of Bruce Hunter? What about the raw talents of Six Flying Hamsters? And who can forget the unstoppable team of the Urchins of Menace who reigned supreme during those Theatresports Toronto days at Harbourfront for weeks on end? There are too many members to mention here, so why not come on out and see some of these legends as well as supporting the Bad Dog Theatre, a not-for-profit improv theatre which still operates through the generous support of volunteers and sponsors.
September 16, 17, 2005
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto
(416)491-3115 Box Office
For more info go to http://www.baddogtheatre.com

Jane will be improvising once again in September 2005 at Comedy on the Danforth with her improv troupe, The Wrecking Crew. Always a blast. Always good, clean family fun in a relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious coffee and dessert.
Fridays at 9pm from September to June,
PWYC($5 suggested minimum)
Timothy's World News Cafe
320 Danforth Ave. between Broadview and Chester
(416) 461-2668

August 2005

Taste of the Danforth - August 5 to 7
Jane will be performing on Saturday August 6 at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00pm at the Bad Dog Theatre. These shows are free!!

Also on Sunday August 7 at 3:00 p.m. only,, Jane will be in a special 1 hour presentation of
"Hairy Patter and the Improvisors' Stone" $5.00 SPECIAL PRICE!!
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto (416)491-3115 Box Office http://www.baddogtheatre.com

July 2005
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
In Partnership with
fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company

Jane will be leading an Improv Workshop and Demonstration as part of
Dim Sum – Sampling Contemporary Chinese Culture Festival
Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24, 2005


Part 1 – The Workshop* (Saturday July 23, 2005; 11:00 am–2:00 pm)
In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, learn the basic skills of improvisation (spontaneity, trust and acceptance of ideas, etc.) through exercises and games. Learn about effective speaking and listening and the first steps to get over stage fright.

Part 2 – The Demonstration (Saturday July 23, 2005; 3:00 pm–4:00 pm)
The Workshop participants will present a public demonstration based on Part 1's session. The demonstration will be led by Jane.

Simply copy and paste the form below, fill it out and send it through one of the following methods. As for the cost? Nothing. It's all FREE!!! So take advantage of this rare opportunity. Sign up right away today!

Here's the info:

Send an e-mail: info@fu-gen.org
A phone call: 416-496-5726 (simply leave a short message and we'll call you back)
Or mail: 410 Queens Quay West
            Suite 401
            Toronto, ON
            M5V 3T1 (no drop-offs please)
* Note: Part 1 – The Improv Workshop, is limited to persons between the ages of 17–50 years of age. Auditors for the workshop are welcome, but space is limited. Please specify on your form whether you wish to audit or participate.

Dim Sum Festival – Improv Workshop and Demonstration
Registration Form


Name: ________________________________

Age: ______ Sex: ______

Any experience? ______ How much? ______

Address: __________________________

              __________________________

City: __________________________

Province: __________________________

Postal Code: __________________________

E-mail: __________________________

Phone: __________________________

Please check one of the following:
_____ Participant
_____ Auditor

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June 2005

**Posey's Wig**
Saturday June 18
I'll be assisting Ms. Helen Donnelly with this amazing one woman tour de force in the Hamilton Fridge Comedy Festival (You heard it right ;o) )
Helen is an amazing artist as well as a hilarious performer. Her endearing characters are so charming, even my big old manly boyfriend was quoting the show! I rave because I love. And I love because I know....anyway...I love this show and so will you! Directed by Michael Kennard.
At the Staircase Theatre.
27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton ON
One night only: June 18th, 7:30pm
Tickets: $15
General seating. Cash only.
Tickets may be reserved by email by going to Helen's site: http://www.helendonnelly.com/current_show/

Jane will be doing a Comedy Reading with Jan Caruana and others for Girls Night Out, a fundraiser for Gilda's Club.
Great lineup of funny gals doing sketch, juggling, character monologues and even dance!
Come on out and support a good cause.
Friday June 10, 2005 at 8pm, $8
Bad Dog Theatre
138 Danforth, Toronto (416)491-3115 Box Office http://www.baddogtheatre.com

May 2005
The incredibly successful run of Hongbu, Nolbu and The Tale of the Magic Pumpkins written by Jean Yoon came to a close on May 9 as the final sold-out school show came to an end. One of the best projects that I have ever been involved in, I cannot commend enough each and every person that I came into contact with at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Fantastic people there. I highly reccommend it!
Rehearsals began in early March where the mighty ensemble of four actors (Insurp Choi as Nolbu, Richard Lee as Hongbu, Nina Lee Aquino as Mira and yours truly as Myung-Mi) excitedly worked under the patient, watchful eye of director, Allen MacInnis. Between the four of us, an action-packed hour of multiple roles (at least four per person!) lightning fast changes and great low tech special effects delighted both adult and young audiences alike.

The level of talent that I worked with was only surpassed by everyone's incredible professionalism. Richard Lee not only played Hongbu, but was also the Fight Director. I shared a dressing room with the lovely, spunky Nina Lee Aquino and couldn't believe how many projects she was juggling as well as the demanding role she had in this production. As well as working for Native Earth Theatre, she's also an incredible dramaturge and director for Fu-Gen Theatre. They are currently touring Banana Boys by Leon Aureus in Ottawa. Check it out! As for Insurp, who is a very talented and funny, funny guy...he's one of the Banana Boys. I'm going to be working with these new found talent pals again in July for the Dim Sum Festival at Harbourfront.
All the actors had to learn new skills like puppetting a bird on a stick, speaking and drumming in traditional Korean while sweating buckets and dealing with unique audience interaction every show. (Photos coming to Gallery soon!)
http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-04-21/stage_theatrereviews.php

April saw the closing of The Tim Sims Playhouse of the Second City Stage in Toronto. The many acts to perform for the last time ranged from Urban Myth (from the beginnings of the Tim Sims Playhouse) to the more recent avant garde clown stylings of Burnt Marshmallows leaving many "momentoes" behind for generations to come. I, myself, decided to take pictures of the last audience from the stage and then I asked the lovely Aurora Browne to take a picture of me on the Tim Sims for the last time. Photos coming to the Gallery soon.

January 2005
The New Year has started off with a bang! In the first two weeks of January, Jane was whisked away to balmy Winnipeg to work with the very funny, the very clever Al Rae of CBC radio. Then she returned to Toronto to write and perform with CBC Radio, applying all her new-learned craft from Al. You can hear some of Jane's sketches on Metro Morning (Usually between the hours of 7 to 8 a.m.) and Here and Now (Starts from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) both on CBC Radio 1 (FM 99.1).
In February she was very thrilled to be reprising her role as Agnes yet again for Train 48! This has been her most evil performance to date although it was also her best hair day on the show.
On Saturday February 12, Jane will be featured as one of Claudio Garcia de la Huerta's interviews on Big City Small World, CBC Radio 1 FM 99.1. Check http://www.cbc.ca/bigcitysmallworld for more details.
Then in mid March, Jane will be starting rehearsals for the world premiere of Jean Yoon's Hongbu, Nolbu and the Magic Pumpkins at the lovely Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. http://www.lktyp.ca/stage.html
Hope you can make it out to the shows running from April 9 to May 18 2005. (More on that later!)

December 2004
With the Christmas season in full swing, you can see Jane as Nurse Carr in Stolen Miracle, a made for TV movie showing on Dec. 24, 2004 at 9pm on CFTO (Channel 8 in the Rogers Area. Check local listings!) and Dec. 25, 2004 at 4pm. (Same station.)

Also, Jane is appearing as Mrs. Cratchit in A Twisted Christmas Carol at the Bad Dog Theatre (http://www.baddogtheatre.com 138 Danforth, Toronto 416.491.3115 Box Office). This is a limited run (Dec. 19 - 23, 2004) so call and reserve before this hilariously improvised version is gone! Tickets are only $12 for an hour and half of great family entertainment. This brings us to the end of the year of Jane's activities.

Summer 2004

She had a killer summer this year appearing as Rob Lowe's secretary, Deedee in Perfect Strangers, as a dirty cop in Missing, a reporter in Our Fathers and the non-singing pharmacist for Shoppers Drug Mart. Other selected television and film appearances include Gemini award winning Interrogation of Michael Crowe, 2001 World Improv Championships-Just for Laughs, Elvira Kurt's Adventures in Comedy (Standup), Queer As Folk, Must Be Santa, Lonesome Dove, Kids in the Hall, Dead Ringers and It's always something: The Gilda Radner Story. She is also thrilled to bits to be reprising her role as evil domineering Agnes on Train 48 this October 5, 2004.

As an improvisor, Jane has performed at Second City Toronto, Loose Moose Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Theatresports, Theatresports Toronto, as well as the Comedy Network's Improv Heaven and Hell with the Devil's Advocates. Jane co-created the original Star Trek parodies at Big City Improv playing Sulu and Saavik. Jane is also a senior instructor with The Second City Training Centre and Theatresports Toronto. Jane is a four-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards for Funniest Female Improvisor and will be heading down to London this October 2004 to take in the festivities.

Jane's live stage work includes Betty Quan's Mother Tongue playing Mother (Cahoots Theatre Projects), The Fabulous Smokey Topaz Multimedia Extravaganza as Smokey Topaz Lounge Lizardesse, live variety talk show host. (Toronto Fringe, Producer), Once upon a time in the Park as Anji (Cahoots Theatre Projects), The Arabian Nights as Shahrazade (Tarragon Extra Space and CBC Radio Drama) and the Dora and Chalmers award winner i.d. She will also be part of an improv ensemble in Hairy Patter and the Improvisors Stone at the Bad Dog Theatre starting this October 1, 2004.

Jane wrote, produced and directed her video short How To Be More Chinese which received critical acclaim from film festivals both nationally and internationally and won Best Comedy at the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival. How To Be More Chinese also enjoyed a two-year run on the Comedy Network.

© Jane Luk 2004