This Week in Comedy: Don't Get Bored Of Us And Leave, Jason Laurans, Chris Molineux, Laugh Sabbath, and Touch My Stereotype's Roast Of Dan Ramos
Light rail, subway...whatever man. Let's put our differences aside and have fun! And by fun I mean watch a slew of comedians roast their friend who's just trying to make his dreams come true.
TUES FEB 21 / DON'T GET BORED OF US AND LEAVE / THE OSSINGTON / 61 OSSINGTON AVE / 9PM / FREE
Sara Hennessy (Much Music), Adam Christie (Yuk Yuk's), Mark Little (PicnicFace on Comedy Network)...wowzers. I adore this tight-knit group because they're not your typical premise-punchline-tag comedians. Sara Hennessy's energy is infectious. Adam Christie isn't himself until he turns his back on the crowd mid-performance. Mark Little's digressions will kill you everytime. Look, if you aren't captivated by Kathleen Philip's subtle facial quirks (see above clip), we can't be friends anymore.
WED FEB 14 - SUN FEB 19 / JASON LAURANS feat. MARTHA O'NEILL / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE STREET / 8PM / $6-15
Jason Laurans owns the Absolute Comedy bar in Ottawa. The club has gotten so popular that up and coming Toronto comedians have been visiting Ottawa on a regular basis to do open mic spots - that's saying something considering four and a half out of every five comedians in Toronto don't drive. Opening for Jason is Martha O'Neill, who's been everywhere from Q107's, 'Funniest Comedian With A Day Job' to Slice Network, CBC, and even BBC.
WED FEB 15 - SUN FEB 19 / CHRISTOPHER MOLINEUX / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11.50-20
Let's change gears here a bit. And by change gears, I mean take a look at a show that doesn't involve comedians coughing to start their set, troupes that make viral videos spoofing The Human Centipede, or making fun of a guy as he's about to pursue his dreams. Chris Molineux has seemingly done it all, from sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld to appearing on Just for Laughs.
THURS FEB 16 / CBC'S LOL: GILSON LUBIN AND DAVE MERHEJE feat. ALI HASSAN / GLENN GOULD STUDIO / $250 Front W / 8pm / $25
CBC's LOL has a powerhouse line-up for us. Gilson Lubin has opened for Dave freakin' Chappelle. Dave Merheje was 2011's Just For Laugh's Homegrown Winner. Ali Hassan's no slouch either, having graced the stage in Canada, the US, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Each comedian on this bill has a style and story of their own. Gilson chauffeurs his dates on the TTC. Dave Merheje's staccato style leaves you breathless. Heck, Ali's a chef with stepkids. What more do you want?
SAT FEB 18 / THE ROAST OF DAN RAMOS / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 10:30PM / $10
I dare you to watch the entire clip. This is a special show for the featured comedy troupe, 'Touch My Stereotype.' Dan Ramos, an original member, is leaving for New York to pursue his dreams of making it big in stand-up comedy. So how do they send him off? A roast, naturally. Believe me when I say this: there's NOTHING more entertaining for an audience than seeing comedians roast their friends. They've seen each other's acts, know each other's tendencies, and that makes the roasting atmosphere electric.
About the Author: This is Michael Jagdeo, and I refuse to write about myself in the third-person. I blog regularly about trials and tribulations of passing the just noticeable difference threshold in Toronto's comedy scene.