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Actor Biography

Jan Caruana‘s career has been interesting and varied. She is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award winner and has performed across North America in a variety of comedy shows. A mainstay of many Toronto stages, Jan co-wrote and performed in the Second City Toronto’s critically and audience acclaimed revues The Meme-ing of Life and We Can Be Heroes (named one of NOW Magazines Top Ten Shows of 2013). Jan was a member of the cast of “One Night Only”, a fully improvised two-act musical at Factory Theatre and was part of the Off-Broadway workshop production in 2018. She was also the winner of a Dora Award as part of the ensemble for “The Wonder Pageant”. She has appeared in films and television shows including Baroness Von Sketch (where she is also a writer), Rookie Blue, Odd Squad, Mean Girls, Pretty Hard Cases and Kim’s Convenience.

Jan is a Canadian Screen Award nominated writer for her work on City TV's Sunnyside and the YTV youth sketch show That’s So Weird, creating some of the series most memorable and colourful characters. She is also very proud to have written for The Baroness Von Sketch Show, The Happy House of Frightenstein and the international sensation The Next Step on BBCKids.

Currently, Jan is a writer (and panelist) for CBC's Because News with Gavin Crawford.

2019 - Winner of The Dora Mavor Moore Award - Best Ensemble (The Wonderpageant - Coalmine Theatre)


2016 - Winner of The Mary Haynes Award (Bad Dog Theatre)

2016 - One Night Only - Winner of the Audience Choice Award (Dora Awards)

2015 - Nominated Canadian Screen Award (Best Writing in a Variety/Sketch Show - Sunnyside)


2014 - Nominated Now Toronto Reader's Choice Award (Best Female Improviser)


2013 - Winner Canadian Comedy Award (Best Female Improviser)


2013 - Named one of Toronto's Funniest Women (


2013 - Nominated Canadian Screen Award (Best Writing in a Variety/Sketch Show - That's So Weird)


2012 - Became a member of Toronto's Second City Mainstage


2010 - Nominated Gemini Award (Best Writing in a Variety/Sketch Show - That's So Weird)


2009 - Winner Canadian Comedy Award (Best Female Improviser)


2009 - Best of the Toronto Fringe (About an Hour)


2008 - Hired as a web writer on youth program That's So Weird and returned for Seasons 2 & 3 as a Staff Writer after getting numerous pieces meant for web content aired on television


2008 - Winner Canadian Comedy Award (Best Improv Troupe - Show Stopping Number)


2005 - Appeared on the cover of NOW Magazine (Toronto)


2004 - Appeared in Mean Girls with Tina Fey & Lindsay Lohan


2003 - Nominated Canadian Comedy Award (Best Improv Troupe - Lambchops)

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