Funny Women Invade From Canada

baroness-von-sketch-show-3From out of Canada comes the quartet of women who pick up the quirks of lives for suburban moms, office workers and other women and translate them into fast comedy scenes in the all female  “Baroness Von Sketch Show” (IFC, 10 p.m.).

Part of what’s refreshing about Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, and Jennifer Whalen — mostly alums of Second City Toronto — is that they aren’t overly familiar to stateside audiences, and have the ability to surprise with their characters and their ideas.

Unlike “Saturday Night Live,” they don’t do impressions or comment on recent topical events.

“It’s more of a small ‘p,’ political,” Taylor told reporters last week at the TV Critics Association summer press tour. “We are really interested in showing the truths of our lives and of, you know, the life of being a person.”

“A woman moving through this world,” says MacNeill.

“At a time when there is a lot of disagreement, perhaps, about what is real and what is fake,” Browne says. “It seems like it is almost a political act for us to just show our imperfection.

“We don’t do any impressions or anything like that,” she says. “But I hope that you’ll see yourself represented somewhere in there.”

“We do impressions of your family members,” Taylor says. “And your coworkers.”

“And your best friend,” MacNeill says.

“Or the person you want to be,” Browne says. “Or maybe have regretted that you ever were.”

“Or the person you don’t want to be,” MacNeill says.

“That annoying person in the meeting who has the problem with whatever you’ve suggested.”

The four women write, create and star in the series, which has 13 episodes in its initial season.

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