Birth place: Ottawa
Birthday: November 28
Penelope is originally from Ottawa and graduated from Canterbury Arts High School. She continued her education in Vancouver and is a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting program. She is a Vancouver Theatre Sports League alumnus, singer, writer, director and sometimes “funniest woman in Vancouver” (Terminal City Weekly, September 2003). She produced her original one-woman rock opera, Plugged, at The Beaumont Studios, and toured it through Fringe Festivals in Montreal, Ottawa and New York, 2006. She was a lead writer/performer in Double Exposure’s comedy revue The Snides of March, directed the short play Flawless as part of the Walking Fish Festival, and was nominated for a CTC award for her direction of The Book of Liz with I’m a Little Pickled Theatre Co. Nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award with Vancouver’s renowned Urban Improv: Canadian Content, she has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Vancouver Fringe Festivals, and the Canwest Comedy Festival. TV credits include The Collector, The L-Word, Masters of Horror, and recurring roles on Kingdom Hospital, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis. She's thrilled to be a full-time Farceur this season!
Your reaction to joining Air Farce?
Like I said, “thrilled!” Plus, Mumsie and Pops couldn’t be prouder.
What did you want to be when you were in school?
I always wanted to be a ‘Famous Movie Star’, and a member of The Jackson Five. There was one day in grade six I thought it would be more practical to be a Marine Biologist. But that was one day.
What makes you laugh?
My family is an endless source of hilarity – but perhaps not on purpose.
Why is comedy so important to you?
It’s just the way I see the world. The lighter side of life is always worth looking into. It’s also important to me because it’s currently paying the bills.