This Week in Comedy: Bobcat Goldthwait, Brody Stevens, David Hemstad, and One Hour Fun Hour
What a line-up! From a comic's comic, to a guy that set fire to Jay Leno's chair. This edition, I also pay homage to a couple of producers that are working their tails off to attract and retain a great crowd. Follow me as I walk you through This Week in Comedy...
THURS JUNE 7 / BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM & 10PM / $20
I'm 29, so the first time I remember seeing Bobcat was in Police Academy 2, 3, or 4 (I can't remember which one). What I failed to realize at the time was that he had two stand-up comedy specials on television which aired three years before I was even born. Wowzers. He chased Arsenio Hall off stage as they cut to commercial. He set Jay Leno's chair on fire, but he took it a bit easier on Conan's chair. I guess what I'm trying to say that even diehard Bobcat fans have no freakin' clue what he's going to do when the show starts...which is exactly what Bobcat wants.
FRI JUNE 8 / BRODY STEVENS / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM & 10PM / $15
Brody's act has taken him far and wide, performing on shows like Tosh.0 and the NFL on Fox. Watch one of his videos and you'll see why he's known as a comic's comic. His act is addicting, because while his material gives off the bravado of a battle rapper from New York, his appearance reminds me of Raffi from Sharon, Lois, and Bram. This is by far the best show you can see this week.
WED JUNE 6 - SUN JUNE 10 / DOM PARE / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20
If you're not a comedian, you might not be as familiar with the name Dom Pare. But ask any comedian around, and they'll tell you he's a powerhouse on stage. I love the way he casually approaches the mic, taking his time to find a place for his beer, and folding his arms and turning his head up and to the side when he's hashing out a particularly sharp observation. You'll know that he's really getting into his set when the anger starts creeping into his tone, and it's this genuine frustration--making his entire body shake onstage--which makes his act so endearing and memorable.
SAT JUNE 9 / ONE HOUR FUN HOUR / CROWN & TIGER / 414 COLLEGE / 10PM / PWYC
What a stacked show. Mark Little? A monster right now. Craig Fay? Opening for acts like Myq Kaplan. K Trev Wilson? Every sentence is a punchline with that guy. But I want to spend some time talking about the work that Jacob Duarte and Alexander Saxon put into the show. Anyone that has tried to produce an evening of comedy knows how tough it is to earn a following and keep them coming back every month. Jacob and Alex have quietly put together one of the best audiences in Toronto comedy, granting them with a slew of comics eager to come and perform. If you want to make sure you get a seat, come early. Oh yeah, and all of the sets are available to download in podcast form!
About the Author: This is Michael Jagdeo, and I refuse to write about myself in the third-person. My blog, Diary of a Stand-up Comedian, teaches you how to be - and how not to be - a comedian in Toronto.