This Week In Comedy: Quinnspector Gadget, Rob Delaney, Robin Williams, Pat Thornton's 24-hour Stand-up Special, and Gilda's Club It's Always Something
Once again, we're lucky ducks! The next seven days features everyone from Russell Peters to the man Comedy Central named "Funniest Person on Twitter." Come with me as we waddle through This Week In Comedy...
SUN NOV 11 / QUINNSPECTOR GADGET / HARD ROCK CAFE / 279 YONGE / 830PM / $20
Things are really starting to heat up for Quinn C. Martin. This will be his sixth show at the Hard Rock Cafe, a performance that will feature all-new material, which is nothing short of amazing. It really is; I don't know anyone even coming close to doing that in comedy right now. And while he's not affiliated with the major comedic brands like Yuk's and Absolute, les Canadiens are starting to notice him, too. 2013 is going to be a breakout year for Quinn, so catch him at $20/seat while you still can. Disclaimer: Quinn's a close friend of mine.
SUN NOV 11 / ROB DELANEY / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL THEATRE / 147 DANFORTH / 7PM / $20-35
Earlier this year, Rob was named 'Funniest Person on Twitter' by Comedy Central. Wowzers. The reason I like Rob...ah, let's just get to the tweets!
- You've really got to hand it to short people. Because they often can't reach it.
- The story of the Titanic speaks to me because I once tripped over a bag of ice at a party & then killed over 1,500 people.
- You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy, because countries can't fit in boys to begin with.
TUES NOV 13 / AN EVENING WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS / SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS / 1 FRONT E / 8PM / $116 - $146
Two Emmys, four Globes, five Grammys, and a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Alas, when I was a kid, I didn't understand Robin Williams. His act was too random for my wee little mind. Now that I've gotten into stand-up, I have a completely different take on the guy. My friend once told me that "you never run out of material on stage, you only run out of thought." Robin Williams happens when you combine a top student from Juilliard with a brilliant comedic mind. I should mention, however, that this show is not Robin Williams performing stand-up. Rather, he talks about his life and is accompanied by an interviewer, David Steinberg.
FRI NOV 16 / PAT THORNTON'S 24-HOUR STAND-UP SET / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM / $10
He's serious. Twenty-four (24) hours of non-stop stand-up by Pat Thornton, a comedian with a background that also includes sketch and improv. Proceeds from the event will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with 300 community-based organizations in Africa to do everything from providing preventative education surrounding HIV/AIDS, to caring for children that have been orphaned due to the deadly disease.
SAT NOV 17 / GILDA'S CLUB IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING / SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS / 1 FRONT E / 730PM / $57-309
Gilda's Club was named after Gilda Radner, a comedian who passed away due to cancer. The club provides support for those suffering from the deadly disease, including workshops, lectures, and social events -- free of charge. This year's fundraiser is absolutely stacked, featuring Russell Peters as your host and performances by Nelly Furtado, Eric McCormack, Ron James, Louise Pitre, Lindi Ortega, and Cirque Sublime.
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.