This Week in Comedy: Comedy Uncovered, Russell Brand, and Adam Christie
When one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic followers of the Toronto comedy scene hand selects a few comedians for a show, you know it's gonna be something special. Where? When? Follow me as I walk you through This Week In Comedy...
SAT AUG 17 / COMEDY UNCOVERED / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM / $12
You won't find someone more knowledgeable about the Toronto comedy scene than this production's curator, Taylor Erwin. Accordingly, this show's line-up isn't merely a collection of some of Toronto's brightest, but rather a ensemble cast of some of the best comedians in Toronto from both the established and alternative comedy scenes. Case in point, you'll see a Yuk Yuk's headliner (Alex Pavone), a CBC veteran (Tyler Morrison), and a Canadian Comedy Award Winner/Laugh Sabbath Alumnus (James Hartnett). Pay special, special attention to Mantown. They're one of the best improv troupes that I've ever seen.
THURS AUG 22 / RUSSELL BRAND / SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS / 1 FRONT E / 8PM / $67-80
Russell Brand made quite the stir when he turned his appearance on Fox News to promote his world tour into an opportunity to poke fun at the predicament the shows' hosts were in. Some might find him a bit all over the place, and rightfully so, given his Attention Deficit Hyperactive & Bipolar Disorder. Personally, I like him. His comedy is like a biting, comedic stream of consciousness, and there are a select few in the world that have that talent. Oh yeah, and he won a British Comedy Award for Best Stand-up, so don't take my word for it.
WED AUG 21 - SAT AUG 24 / ADAM CHRISTIE / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20
Just when I thought that I'd wore out my mentions of the Laugh Sabbath family, Adam Christie decides to headline Yuk's! His stand-up is great, so great that he can turn his back on the crowd and still keep them laughing. Over the past year or so, he decided to lend his talents to YTV as host for the show ZOINK'd. It really makes my heart happy to see a hardworking, genuinely funny dude get everything he has coming to him. Oh yeah, and he rap battles.
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.