This Week In Comedy: Laugh Sabbath, Fan Fiction Horror Films Edition, and The Nubian Show
Just because JFL42 is wrapping up, that doesn't mean Toronto's comedy scene goes into hibernation. Follow me as I walk you through This Week In Comedy.
SUN SEPT 29 / NUBIAN SHOW / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 830PM / $20
Every time I see Nick Reynoldson, your headliner, he's better. Case in point, he tore it up at the NXNE Dead Wid Laugh show this past summer, no easy feat considering he was sharing the stage with well-established crowd favourites like Dave Merheje, Trixx, Jay Martin, and Donnell 'Ashy Larry' Rawlings. What really impressed me on that night was Nick's ability to slightly adjust his style to compensate for the way that the audience's laughter slowly billowed in from the back towards the stage. It's a weird phenomenon that performers encounter when playing a theatre, and he handled it like a pro.
THURS OCT 3 / LAUGH SABBATH / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 930PM / $5
Ahh, finally Tim Gilbert is getting the recognition he deserves! His character work is tearing it up on MTV and The Comedy Network, and tonight he's your host. Pay special attention to Steph Kaliner. She quietly put on a memorable performance at the Laugh Sabbath NXNE show; no easy task considering the bohemoths she was sharing the stage with. Steph was so sincere and vulnerable that it was hard to look away. I honestly couldn't tell if she was doing a character or not, but I heard her voice outside and she sounded the same as she did on stage, so I don't know what to believe - and perhaps that's what makes her so intriguing. Note: I know the people in the clip aren't laughing, but I don't care, it's my hot post, I'm laughing, and I'll share I waunt! (Cartman out of control teenager voice)
SAT OCT 5 / FAN FICTION THE SHOW - HORROR FILMS / BLACK SWAN 2nd FLOOR / 154 DANFORTH / 730PM / $10
Fan Fiction's gotten press from just about everyone in Toronto, and this edition will definitely live up to the hype. David Dineen-Porter, one of the funniest and smartest comedians we have, will be your host. In the words of Jeremy Woodcock of the sketch troupe Rulers of the Universe, "We find the best/worst fan fiction. We'll read it once to know that it's perfectly bad at the start, and then find out how horrible it is on stage together with the audience." The clip above is from the Sailor Moon edition.
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.