Life’s a Betch – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Excerpt from Press Release:

Miguel Gauthier, Katharine O’Brien, Nora Saliken and Eitan Shalmon are funny people approaching humour from some dark and unexpected places. Would you think about holding a funeral for someone who hasn’t died?  “She has it coming,” according to Saliken, who plays the victim’s daughter and possible murderer.

The dynamic is fired up as the four, members of Sketch Betch, rehearse for their show Life’s a Betch, opening July 6 at Toronto’s Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse as part of the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. 

The title refers to the quirks of day to day stuff. “Be it work, relationships or that weird rash we can’t seem to cure, we cope by betching!” Shalmon says dryly. “Let’s face it, everyone can use a juicy little betch sesh!” adds Gauthier. Voila:Life’s a Betch, a show written and acted by the Sketch Betch Troupe. The members have honed their acting and comedy chops in everything from sketch comedy, theatre, TV and film, to stand-up. Awards are piling up too, including an Audience Choice Award for O’Brien’s short film  Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny.

Life’s a Betch is a collaboration with each member writing, critiquing and performing, and working alongside Second City Mainstage alum Leigh Cameron as director, who manages to be encouraging even when saying “back up and try again.”


  • Life’s a Betch plays at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse. (79 St. George St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible.


  • Thursday July 6th, 08:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 12:00 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 04:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 05:45 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 07:30 pm

Nora Saliken, Miguel Gauthier, Eitan Shalmon, Katharine
O’Brien. Photo Credit: Kevin Maheux