This Week in Comedy: Let's Get Hot, Laughing at the Office, Kristeen and Laurie TGIF, and Wong Tze Wah
You've got to be a special kind of character to charge $190/head. Wowzers. Follow me as I walk you through This Week In Comedy...
SUN JAN 20 / LET'S GET HOT / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11.50
I have a hard time gauging whether the casual comedy fan is familiar with the talent of Chris Locke, Aaron Eves, James Hartnett, Kathleen Phillips, Tim Gilbert, David Dineen-Porter, Brian Barlow, Sara Hennessey, Jon McCurley, and Tom Henry...ugh, they're so good. I'm guessing that Chris Locke's headlining performances to close out 2012 convinced the pantheon at Yuk's to open the doors to the rest of the Laugh Sabbath cast, and it makes my heart happy to know that the public at large will finally get to see what I've been yelling about for the past year.
MON JAN 21 / LAUGHING AT THE OFFICE / THE OFFICE PUB / 117 JOHN / 8PM / FREE
Cheese 'n Rice what a lineup! Jeff Leeson, Christophe Davidson, Eddie Della Siepe, Alex Pavone, Guy Montgomery...I could go on. If you don't know by now, Jeff Leeson is a KILLER. He's quite literally one of the most talented comedians in Toronto right now. Pay very, very, very special attention when Guy Montgomery takes the stage. He's quickly becoming one of the most sought after comics in Toronto. Caution: if he starts talking about swagger, put down your drink.
FRI JAN 25 / KRISTEEN AND LAURIE TGIF / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM & 945PM / $20
Both Kristeen and Laurie are headliners in their own rights, but this time around they've decided to combine forces for one night only at the Comedy Bar. Kristeen has done just about everything, from appearing on the Just For Laughs gala to featuring on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Not to be outdone, Laurie is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner for best Female Stand-up. Wowzers.
SAT JAN 26 / WONG TZE WAH / SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS / 1 FRONT E / 8PM / $50-190
When trying to write this preview, I felt like Chris Farley in the SNL Japanese game show sketch. Something's funny, but I can't understand a word he's saying. But hey, when a guy can charge almost $200 a head, you don't need to convince me that you got something special. From what I can gather, he's Hong Kong's best stand-up comedian.
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 up's and down's (they're mostly down's, really) in my quest to become a killer comic in Toronto.