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This Week In Comedy: Sketch Com-Ageddon, Don't Get Bored Of Us And Leave, Doctor Whom

One of the most talent-stacked shows of the year just happens to be free. Where? When? Follow me as I walk you through This Week In Comedy...

TUES NOV 19 - SAT NOV 23 / SKETCH COM-AGEDDON / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM & 930PM / $8 PER SHOW OR $12 FOR BOTH

42 sketch troupes enter; only one will remain standing. You get the idea. It's a real shame that most comedy fans in Toronto don't realize what an awesome sketch and improv scene we have. I've laughed harder at sketch shows than I have at stand-up shows, word up! My choice to come out on top this year is Rulers of the Universe. I first saw them destroy at the 2012 Tim Sims Competition. Jeremy Woodcock, one of their writers, was recently selected by the giant comedic duo of Mark Little and Kyle Dooley to help them write the plays they'll be delivering weekly at Comedy Bar. So yeah, they're gonna be hard to beat!

TUES NOV 19 / DON'T GET BORED OF US AND LEAVE / THE OSSINGTON / 61 OSSINGTON / 9PM / FREE

Your two hosts, Tom Henry and David Dineen-Porter, have been getting their due attention recently. A recent Now Magazine poll rated David as the best stand-up in Toronto, and last year Tom won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Newcomer. Personally, if I could only see three more comedy shows in my lifetime in the city, this would be one of them. David's one of the most well-read comedians in the city, but what sets him apart is that he has the stage presence and acting chops to let his IQ shine through. Not to be outdone, the more reserved Tom has one of the most efficient words to laugh ratios in the game right now, and I'm always glued to his sets. Oh yeah, and you'll also see Mark Little, Chris Locke, Kathleen Phillips, James Harnett... holy moly, you won't find a more stacked show this year.

SAT NOV 23 / DOCTOR WHOM - 50TH ANNIVERSARY / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 930PM & 11PM / $15

Truly, this is a show worthy of one of my childhood favourites. Improv monsters like Anand Rajaram, Matt Baram, and Alastair Forbes, who've done everything from Second City to Straftord, will lead us through an episode that is sure to bring the ruckus. Just thinking about the theme music in my head takes me back! If I was good, my mom would buy me a Kit Kat and I'd run to the basement to watch the show in the dark. Well, not complete dark - I'd leave the stairway light on, you know, just to be safe.

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.


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