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.




The Templeton Philharmonic are a comedy duo based in Toronto, Canada. Comedians Gwynne Phillips (CBC's Kim's Convenience and HBO's Sensitive Skin) and Briana Templeton (SyFy's The Expanse and CTV's The Beaverton) are known for their sketch comedy that blends period pieces, surrealism, and biting social commentary with a feminist bent. The pair have performed on stages across North America - including the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, The People’s Improv Theater and UCB in New York, and Toronto’s Massey Hall. Their work has picked up awards such as “Best Duo” at the LA Comedy Festival, and “Producer’s Pick” at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

Templeton and Phillips are the co-hosts of Audible's None of Our Business - an original audio series that's all about eavesdropping. 

The Templeton Philharmonic also co-starred in the digital series Womanish for CBC Comedy, and have worked as contributing writers for The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio-Canada. Their short film Dinette premiered at the Canadian Film Festival in March 2018.

In addition to their sketch comedy, Templeton and Phillips have created several immersive plays - including the surrealist 1970’s-inspired show An Evening In July (staged at the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival), and the darkly funny 1920’s piece Sockdolager (staged at the Campbell House in 2012). They also staged a chronological sketch revue inspired by world history called About Time, which was awarded “Patron’s Pick” at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival.