Sean Browning is a writer/performer, humourist/fantasist, father/husband, LGBTQ+ ally, sci-fi addict, 80’s New Wave enthusiast, amateur naturalist, tree lover and mostly ridiculous.
Born May 5th, 1973 in Belleville, Ontario, he grew up in the small nearby village of Madoc. He has been writing and performing in Toronto since 1992. He has written for and/or performed in theatre, television, video games, live music (90’s indie bands Snidely Whiplash and Schroeder) and comedy – the latter earning him two Canadian Comedy Award nominations (’02 and ’05) for best sketch comedy troupe (for his duo Reid Along With Browning with comedy partner, composer and former Second City musical director Matthew Reid.)
He taught improv for many years with the Bad Dog Theatre Co. and has been the improv teacher/program director for Hart House at the University of Toronto. He has studied screenwriting in the film program at York University, improv with Second City Chicago’s Mick Napier, Andrew Currie (television’s The Devil’s Advocates) and acting with screen legend Alan Arkin (Catch 22, The In-Laws, Little Miss Sunshine) and is a Second City conservatory program graduate. He was also creator/producer/host of The Bad Dog’s silly The Late Late Horror Show during its six-year run.
Acting credits include a lot of theatre, too many commercials to list, Murdoch Mysteries and several voices (and motion capture) in Ubisoft’s hit videogame Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. He is a union member with ACTRA Toronto.
He has been writing fiction since he was nine-years-old (a guesstimate…he has a very poor memory). After writing countless comedy sketches, scripts, songs (including co-writing a musical parody of the film Fargo), and short stories over the years, he finally completed his first full-length sci-fi comedy novel “I Don’t Seem So Bright in a Well-Lit Room”, which is available from Story Well Publishing. Current projects include its sequel “My Imagination Gets the Best of Me, My Reality Gets the Worst” (and a third untitled conclusion), his fictional memoirs “Winged Migration of the Flightless Bird”, the book/lyrics for an original musical called “Bigger Than Space”, and a new album of music with Chris Miles under the name “Spoil The View”.
Some of his biggest influences are Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, James Morrow, Andy Partridge, Leonora Carrington, Robyn Hitchcock, Jarvis Cocker, Tim Booth, Terry Gilliam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Clive Barker, Lewis Carroll, and Stephen Fry.
He lives in Toronto with his wife Kim, three kids, and various anxiety issues.