This Week In Comedy: Canadian Comedy Awards Taping, Gerry Dee Cast Live, Yuk Yuk's New Year's Eve, and Nerd Year's Eve
If you're like me, you've got a lot of new cologne to try out this time of year. And you know who finds new cologne sexy? Drunk people at a New Year's Eve show. Follow me as I try to help you kick 2013 off with a bang in This Week In Comedy...
SUN DEC 30 / CANADIAN COMEDY AWARD TAPING / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 4PM & 8PM / $10 (one show)
In order to be considered for a Canadian Comedy Award, you have to submit a video of your performance. Alas, most comics videotape their sets with an iPhone propped up between a glass of beer and a plate of wings. To ensure proper consideration by the CCA pantheon, a collection of Toronto's best are banding together to have their best stuff professionally filmed. Whatever you do, do not interrupt Jeff Elliott. I saw a wide-eyed university freshman try to use her inebriation as an excuse to shoehorn herself into the show, and Jeff had no problem reminding her who's boss...for the next 15 minutes straight. Your line-up is as follows:
- 4PM: Pat Thornton, K. Trevor Wilson, 2 Man No Show, Brie Watson, Dean Young, Cash Grab, The Weaker Vessels, British Teeth, Jeff Elliott
- 8PM: Laurie Elliott, Hayley Kellett & Kris Bowman, The Whiskey Dicks, Two Weird Ladies, Chris Roberts, Jack Dani, Cash Grab, Jeff Estrela, Clifford Myers
MON DEC 31 / GERRY DEE CAST LIVE / TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS / 5040 YONGE / 730PM / $65
Now, I've never seen the Mr. D show, but I am quite familiar with the all-star cast that joins him on this night: Bette MacDonald, Darrin Rose, Jonathan Torrens, Mark Forward, Mark Little, and Naomi Snieckus. Pay special attention to Mark Little and Mark Forward, two comics that are at the height of their game right now.
MON DEC 31 / 10PM / NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND / 10PM / $44
Yuk Yuk's is reknowned for their New Year's Eve show, and their roster of comedians clamour for a spot. This edition includes Pete Zedlacher, Martha Chaves, and Jean Paul. Pay special attention to Alex Pavone, who's been making huge strides as a killer comic in the past year. The last time I saw him destroy at a taping of Late Night with Matty D, my friends couldn't stop talking about him for days after the show.
MON DEC 31 / NERD YEAR'S EVE / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 830PM & 10PM / $10
Nerds of Toronto unite! Producer and nerd comic curator Ian Atlas brings you a New Year's show featuring many of Toronto's best, including the always hilarious Craig Fay and Darryl Orr. Check out Diana Bailey, who many comedians have picked as the best new comic to step onto the scene in the past year. If she starts talking about why she's not the best at giving you know whats, put down your drink.
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, walks you through the ups and downs (they're mostly downs, really) in my quest to become a killer comic in Toronto.