Women are hilarious. That’s not exactly a hot take, but no show offers greater evidence of that observation than IFC’s newly acquired comedy Baroness von Sketch Show. Think Key & Peele meets Portlandia, except it’s written by an almost all female staff, and there’s no underlying narrative or interspersed monologues. The four creators, executive producers, and stars of the Canadian-borne BVSS are Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, and their brand of rapid-fire sketch comedy is as side-splitting as it is relatable and honest. (My editor tells me they took the Television Critics Association by storm last weekend when they appeared at the group’s Summer 2017 tour -- see images above and below.) These female aficionados cover every aspect of feminism from lipstick to post-structural, and everything in-between, but the cherry on top is their collective aptitude for touching on everyday stuff like the workplace (birthdays, and bosses), social situations (drinking, and vacationing with friends), and social issues (motherhood, and being a lesbian).
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