This Week in Comedy: Rory Scovel with Casey Corbin, Brian Scolaro with Dave Merheje, Johnny Gardhouse, Ghouls Gone Wild, and No Kidding
One comic climbed scaffolding during his set in Texas. Another pretended to be a dad who slept with the babysitter on Jerry Springer. I'll tell you which one did which on This Week In Comedy.
MON OCT 22 / RORY SCOVEL feat. CASEY CORBIN / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 9PM & 11PM / $15
I first heard about Rory Scovel from a fellow comedian who fell in love with his video about the Batman reboot. Since then, I've been rifling through his clips on YouTube like an addict. After watching one of his sets entitled, 'The Climb' you'll see why he's been featured on Ferguson, Fallon, and Conan. Opening for Rory is Casey Corbin, who is a favourite of many Toronto comics.
WED OCT 24 - SUN OCT 28 / BRIAN SCOLARO feat. DAVE MERHEJE / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE / 8PM / $6-11
Brian's an out of towner that's definitely worth seeing. His TV credits are extensive to say the least, including Dexter, Mad Men, and Grey's Anatomy (don't hold the last one against him). On stage, I love his the way he weaves voice work into well-written material. I've seen some comedians stumble haphazardly into voice work with contrived premises that simply serve as an excuse to get into character. Brian, on the other hand, has spent the time it takes to create good material that becomes great when he adds a soundtrack. Oh yeah, and some guy named Dave Merheje is opening for him, but he headlines next week, so I'll sacrifice a goat in honour of his greatness in the following edition.
WED OCT 24 - SUN OCT 28 / JOHNNY GARDHOUSE / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20
Johnny's facial expression makes it seem like he's always holding in a joke. That funny visage has landed him numerous TV appearances, including a special for Comedy Now. He made it big when his sketch troupe, 'The Blockheads' pretended to be a troubled family on Jerry Springer. To this day, I have no idea how he kept a straight face through it all.
THURS OCT 25 / GHOULS GONE WILD / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 730PM / $20 $15 WITH COSTUME
GGW is an all-girl stand up comedy fundraiser for the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto. Your headliner is Martha Chaves and the event will be hosted by Allison Dore (featured). I'd pay special attention to Christi Olson, who brought the house down at the Tim Sims Fresh Meat Competition with her dirty material last month. Her blue jokes killed in front of a crowd dominated by 35 to 60-year old's, which is why I believe that she's going to make huge strides in the next few months.
FRI OCT 26 - SAT OCT 27 / NO KIDDING / THE LOT / 100 OSSINGTON / 730PM AND 930PM / FREE
ichannel (television by Rastafarians, for Rastafarians) is having a group of Toronto's favourite comics display their best social and political material for their show, No Kidding.
- Fri Oct 26 730pm: Mark DeBonis, Monty Scott, Tim Nasiopoulos
- Fri Oct 26 930pm: Clifford Myers, Darryl Orr, Rhiannon Archer
- Sat Oct 27 730pm: Eman El-Husseini, Andrew Searles, Jeff Schouela
- Sat Oct 27 930pm: Craig Fay, Lianne Mauladin, Danny Polischuk
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.