The End of the World (As We Know It)
the end of the world
(as we know it)
prodUced by potato potato PRESENTS
Part political satire, part sketch show, and with a generous dose of dread about our planet’s future, in The End of the World as We Know It the hilarious members of Potato Potato Presents take the issues facing Canadians today and present them with a comedic spin. This is a platform for the problems that terrify us, an opportunity to discuss the things that get you in trouble at thanksgiving dinner, and a space to laugh at the things that make you cry.
Nominated for Best of the Fest in the 2022 Toronto Sketch Fest, Potato Potato Presents is back with more bad impressions of politicians, heated debates and maybe even a song or two!
History of Potato Potato PRESENTS
First established for the 2019 Fringe Festival, with It’s Getting Hot in Here! (My Entertainment World Favourable Review, Chosen for Second City’s JCB Series), Potato Potato Presents forayed into the digital world for no particular reason in 2020 with You Can Do It (Put Your MASK Into It!) (2021 Toronto Digital Fringe Festival, Parton and Pearl favourable review), Potato Potato Presents: Potato Potato (Nominated for The Best of Fest,TO Sketchfest 2022), and returned to (mostly) real-life performances with Potato Potato Presents: Potato Potato (TO Sketchfest 2023) and the upcoming Urban ARTeries Augmented Reality Project with Theatre Gargantua.
meet the team
Daniel Bagg is a writer, composer, producer and director. Daniel is a graduate of the York Theatre program specializing in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. As a writer/director: Bill (Filament Incubator) Rage Against the Complacent (Filament Incubator) as a writer/performer: You Can Do It Put Your Mask into It! (Potato Potato), It’s Getting Hot in Here (Potato Potato), Invisible City (Who’s there Theatre) as a composer: NOISE (Randolph Academy), Peer Gynt (Randolph Academy), Tenth Muse (Filament Incubator), Bill (Filament Incubator), Invisible City (Who’s there Theatre), Knight of the Burning Pestle (Theatre @ York). With Filament Incubator Daniel has helped produce fifteen plays and has given the chance for over 100 young artists to engage in the Toronto theatre scene.
Ashlyn Kusch is a Performer, Scenographer and Devised Theatre Maker based in Toronto, and co-founder of the political sketch comedy troupe Potato Potato. She holds an MA with Distinction in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a BA in Theatre from York University, specializing in Devised Theatre. A small-town girl living in the big city, she’s passionate about performing and creating new work, especially politically-charged comedy!
Recent credits include Performer/Creator for You Can Do It, Put Your MASK into It! and It’s Getting Hot in Here! (Potato Potato Presents), Rage Against: The Complacent (Filament Incubator), and That’s So 90’s (Slap Engine), Artistic Intern for A Tonic For Desperate Times (Theatre Gargantua) Lighting Design for The Oresteia, NOISE, and King Stag (Randolph College).
Sam Mercury is an actor/writer/aspiring producer, with a passion for stories that make the world a better place. A graduate of University of Waterloo’s Theatre and Performance program with Distinction, her recent credits include You Can Do it, Put Your MASK into It! (Potato Potato Presents), we could be with Green Light Arts, and PLAY THIS: Hamilton with Tottering Biped Theatre. When she’s not having the best time being a part of Potato Potato,, Sam has been working on creating her own work: an autobiographical show called mixed(er) (co-written with Alten Wilmot) inspired by her experiences growing up bi-racial in the Waterloo Region.
Lizzie Song (she/they/ze) is a second-generation Taiwanese-Indigenous, queer, multi-disciplinary performer, creator and administrator based in Tkaronto. They are a proud quarter of Songs of Hope, recently directed Playhouse Collective’s production of Ride the Cyclone and recently produced Dead Name Theatre’s first production, Into the Woods. Lizzie is a graduate of the MA Musical Theatre program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and of Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Lizzie is an original member of Potato Potato and has performed/created shows including You Can Do It Put Your Mask Into It, It’s Getting Hot in Here and the Urban Arteries (with Theatre Gargantua).
Performance credits include: Cell Block Tango: Reimagined (EveryBODY on Stage), Throwback Tears (music video for Valley), Songs of Hope (for Musical Stage Co’s Musical Moments), Black Flags (MT Space) Twist (music video for Dizzy)
Rami Khan is a Pakistani-Canadian, multidisciplinary artist and a graduate from Randolph College for the Performing Arts. He is BEYOND excited to be joining Potato Potato again for yet another crazy funny show!! He can’t wait for you all to see ALL the hilarity this show has to offer as well as some keen insight in the world we live in! Theatre Credits: Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (Starvox Entertainment), You Can Do it, Put Your MASK into It! (Potato POtato Presents), It’s Getting Hot in Here (Potato Potato Presents/Second City’s JCB Series), Jungle Book (WYRD Productions). Film Credits: 1Up (Buzzfeed/Lionsgate), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix) Strays (CBC Gem).