Ann Pornel is a Canadian sketch comedian, actress, and television host based in Toronto.
Pornel was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. She grew up in the High Park area of Toronto.
Pornel got into sketch comedy as an undergraduate student in the sciences at the University of Toronto and seeking an outlet non-academic outlet. She is a former member of The Sketchersons and performed in the troupe's weekly sketch show Sunday Night Live. She later joined The Second City and starred in the all-woman production She the People featuring Second City sketches written by and about women. In a review of the show for NOW Glenn Sumi called Pornel a "force of nature." She was named the 2017 Performer of the Year by My Entertainment World.
In 2021 she debuted as one of the co-hosts of the fourth season of the The Great Canadian Baking Show. A fashion enthusiast, Pornel collaborated with designer Vanessa Magic to come up with her wardrobe for the show. Prior to her co-hosting duties on the Baking Show, Pornel appeared in guest roles on the Baroness von Sketch Show and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
This week Tricia sits down with comedian, star & new Host of The Great Canadian Baking Show, Ann Pornel. These two dear pals chat everything from the recent domestic terrorism on the Capital, BTS, Garth Brooks, Butts, and more!