This Week In Comedy: The Juice Cup, Laughable at Unlovable, Nathan Macintosh feat. Mike Storck, and Toronto Comedy Revue
African Kings of Comedy? What about the Jamaican Kings of Comedy? A man with a lesbian haircut that shared the stage with Dave Chappelle? Follow me as I wade through the talented line-up in This Week In Comedy...
SUN NOV 18 / THE JUICE CUP / DANFORTH MUSIC HALL / 147 DANFORTH / 830PM / $38.50
They're calling the competition between the African Kings of Comedy and the Jamaican Kings of Comedy, "The Juice Cup." They should have called it "Carrot Juice & Guinness"...I've said too much. Anyhoo, representing the seat of mankind is Michael Blackson, the guy who wore a dashiki on BET's ComicView back in the day. Holdin' it down will be Blakka Ellis, who's performed at Sunsplash. Hold on... Sunsplash? Double Wowzers. Anyone who can perform stand-up in front of a crowd that rowdy has to have some serious chops. Oh, and this might be one of your last chances to catch Trixx before he starts taking over Los Angeles!
MON NOV 19 / ALTdot COMEDY LOUNGE / RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN W / 9PM / $5
We're truly lucky to have shows like ALTdot every week. There's no place in Toronto where you can see 5-10 acts that would usually headline and/or host Yuk's or Absolute, one after the other. This week, one of my favourites--Graham Kay--hosts. When I first started out, he was the guy that made me laugh in awe, struggling to understand the magic he was wielding. I still haven't figured it out.
MON NOV 19 / LAUGHABLE AT UNLOVABLE / UNLOVABLE / 1415-B DUNDAS W / 930PM / FREE
Damn! Gilson Lubin (Def Comedy Jam), Matt O'Brien (Best Stand-up at LA Comedy Fest), Fraser Young (Comedy Now), Steve Patrick Adams (Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-up), Sarah Donaldson (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)...there's more, but I think you get the idea. Nick Flanagan and Steph Tolev, producers of Laughable, know how to put it down.
WED NOV 21 - SUN NOV 25 / NATHAN MACINTOSH feat. MIKE STORCK / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE / 8PM / $6-15
You have to give credit where credit is due: Nathan Macintosh, a Caucasian comedian with orange hair boldly took the stage at Kenny Robinson's All Black Comedy Show and had the crowd on his side all night, which is no easy feat. What impressed me the most was that he took that particular stage and did HIS act, not the act that he thought they wanted to see. He's gathered up accolades accordingly, including the 2009 Canadian comedy Award for Best Newcomer, semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, and winning the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award.
SAT NOV 24 / TORONTO COMEDY REVUE / DOMINION ON QUEEN / 500 QUEEN E / 830PM / $20
Continuing our theme of absolutely stacked shows, we have the Toronto Comedy Revue, which always brings the heat. In this edition, powerhouses like Mark Little (PicnicFace, Mr. D) and Darrin Rose (Last Comic Standing) light up the stage. Also headlining this edition is Laurie Elliott, whose CV includes The Red Green Show, three Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female Stand-up, and Just For Laughs.
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.