The Templeton Philharmonic

Delectably surreal sketch comedy.

The Templeton Philharmonic ("Best Duo", L.A. Comedy Festival) are a sketch comedy duo comprised of Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton. Together, they write and perform original, surreal sketch comedy that is often peppered with stinging social commentary, and dead-pan interpretive dance. They have appeared at the New York, Chicago, and Toronto Sketch Comedy Festivals, and won the "Steam Whistle Producer's Pick Award" at Toronto Sketchfest. In 2014, they were nominated for "Best Sketch Troupe" at the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Check out their new web series, "Womanish", on CBC Punchline.





Gwynne Phillips is an actor, writer and comedian currently residing in Toronto. She attended the University of Toronto where she was coached by theatre veterans Ken Gass and Berliner director, Johanna Schall. Since then, Phillips has appeared in several self-produced productions around Toronto.

Select acting credits include: June in An Evening in July (The Templeton Philharmonic); Barbra in Night of the Living Dead Live!   (Christopher Bond/Nictophobia Films); Marie in Nutcracker Storytime (The National Ballet of Canada); Various in the Canadian Comedy Award nominated RAPP BATTLEZ; Frudel Henri Faberge’s Heligoland Follies; Emily in Thaiing the Knot (Beacon Theatre Company); Various in Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (The Pheasant Plucker’s Mates); I <3 Future (Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano).

Technical credits include: Set design and stage management (Les Azuriales Opera Festival, France) and sound technician of A Dream Play (UCDP) in Toronto. 

Gwynne is currently represented by Oldfield Talent Management in Toronto. 



Like Phillips, Templeton is a graduate of the University of Toronto. Some of her stage credits include: May in An Evening in July (The Templeton Philharmonic); Sister Felicity in Suddenly Last Summer (The Tennessee Project); Biederman in Fire Raisers (the redlight district); Various in RAPP BATTLEZ; Lady Templeton in Henri Faberge's Heligoland Follies; Ivona in Princess Ivona of Burgundia (the redlight district); Envia in ENVIA! (The New Works Festival); The Strange Girl in I <3 Future (Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano). She also co-produced Politically Correct Bedtime Stories for the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival (winner of “Patron’s Pick” and “Best of the Fest").

Recently, she co-wrote and starred in the award winning short film Slow Burn (The InsideOut Film Festival). Behind the scenes, she's worked for companies such as Serendipity Point Films, 20th Century Fox Films Canada, and Cineplex Entertainment.                                                                                                     

Briana is currently represented by Baxter Agency in Toronto.