This Week in Comedy: All Black Comedy Show, ALTdot Comedy Lounge, Josh Infald's Slice of Comedy, Dave Shumka & Graham Clark
We have a mix of shows this week featuring podcast duo's, improv specialists, masters of misdirection, and an all black show that's...kind of not all black. You'll see what I mean. Follow along for This Week in Comedy.
SUN FEB 26 / ALL BLACK COMEDY SHOW / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8pm / $20
It's the last Sunday of the month, and that means the, "All Black Comedy Show" hosted by Kenny Robinson is back at Yuk Yuk's, and it doesn't get much blacker than Azfar Ali [insert deadpan stare here]. I was talking to a fellow comedian the other day who said, "Man, I LOVE Azfar...why doesn't he do material??' You see, Azfar's improvisational skills on stage are so strong that it's not uncommon for him to ramajay for two to three minutes before settling into his prepared fare. He's a talented guy, and I'm sure the demanding crowd on Sunday will bring out the best in him.
MON FEB 27 / ALTdot COMEDY LOUNGE / RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN W / 9PM / PWYC
I usually feature shows at Yuk Yuk's, Absolute Comedy, and Comedy Bar every week. If Morgan Flood keeps delivering stacked line-ups, his ALTdot show is going to join that group. Mark Forward is hosting on Monday. Who's he? Just a guy from Oakville who killed it on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a couple weeks ago. I've seen clips of him playing the role of hosting, and his improv is just as good as his rehearsed bits.
THURS MAR 1 / JOSH INFALD'S SLICE OF COMEDY / ZION LOUNGE / 191 PARLIAMENT / 830PM / $10 ($5 STUDENTS)
The first time that I saw Josh Infald was at an open mic called, "Spillin' The Beans" at Full of Beans Coffee House on Dundas West. He walked up to the front of the room wearing a baggy hoody and turned to face the crowd. Fidgeting with his shirt sleeve and shuffling through his mangled notes, he began his set. Given his casual ensemble and seemingly nervous delivery, I wasn't expecting much. He had me fooled. Once he started delivering his one-liners, he had the crowd hanging on his every word, and that's saying a lot considering that he was performing for a crowd full of comedians. WARNING: his material can get a bit subversive, but it's not the groan subversive, if you know what I mean. Did I mention that they're giving out pizza?
SAT MAR 3 / DAVE SHUMKA AND GRAHAM CLARK / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM / $10
Dave and Graham have gained a strong following with their, "Stop Podcasting Yourself" show. In fact, it's the top comedy podcast in Vancouver. "That must be easy given the excellent w..." Stop it. Their live podcast at the Comedy Bar is going to be absolutely...sold out in three days, sorry. Luckily, they are going to be doing a stand-up show at 8 p.m. before the live podcast at 10 p.m. What's all the fuss about? Graham Clark's been on HBO and Dave Shumka has opened for some guy named, Louis CK. Long story short, if you want to go to the stand-up show, I'd call ahead first. By the way, I listened to their recent podcast with Katie Crown, and she says the funniest thing I've heard this week between 9:34 -10:15.
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, documents the trials and tribulations I go through as I try to past the just noticeable difference threshold in Toronto's comedy scene.
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