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This Week in Comedy: Strip Comedy, iLove, Never Too Young for Profanity, Jon Fisch feat. Dan Shaki, and Darcy Michael

There's a show called, "Strip Comedy" this week. If that doesn't catch your eye, nothing will. So bring your ID and check out what's going to be a diverse week in the Toronto comedy scene.

SUN FEB 5 / STRIP COMEDY / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 9PM / $5

That's right, you guessed it: If your joke doesn't get a laugh, take it off baby. Instead of reviewing the show itself, I'm going to give you the preview you really want. Girls on the show: Christina Walkinshaw, Kayla Lorette, Steph Tolev, and Georgea Brooks-Hancocks.

Oh, right...guys on the show: Dave Martin, Evan Desmarais, and Jy Harris.

MON FEB 6 / ILOVE - A ROMANTIC COMEDY / SECOND CITY / 51 MERCER / 8PM / $20

No, it's not a Jamaican love story, nor is it a lover's rock concert. Still reading? It's actually a show about the way that we relate to our special someone in the information age. Will they discuss those texts from the ex you get at 2:37AM on Sunday morning? How about the decision-making tree used to decide whether it's time to change your relationship status on Facebook? There's only one way to find out.

TUES FEB 7 / NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR PROFANITY / THE CENTRAL / 603 MARKHAM ST / 7:30PM / $5

What can I say about a collection of comedians that could each headline their own show? Evan Desmarais, Sandra Battaglini, Alan Park...the list goes on and on. Dom Pare's one of my favourites on this line-up. You really never know what to expect when he walks to the mic, which is one of the things that I look for in a comedian (not that I'm interested, Dom). One occasion, he roasted me because, as he put it, 'I'm your nemesis now'. Another time, he yelled at the crowd to warm them up. Whatever he does, one thing's for sure: you'll remember him afterwards.

WED FEB 8 - SUN FEB 12 / JON FISCH FEAT. DAN SHAKI / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE / 8PM / $6-15

New York is in the house! John Fisch is on fire right now. David Letterman? Check. Celebrity Apprentice? Check. Getting selected to open for Jerry Seinfeld? Wowzers. But don't overlook Dan Shaki. Not only has he held his own on the NYC scene, he has a degree in electrical engineering. As a nerd, I feel compelled to support him. As a comedian, I have a lot of respect for anyone that's shared the stage with the incomparable Paul Mooney.

THURS FEB 9 - SUN FEB 12 / DARCY MICHAEL / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20

Appearances can be deceiving, don't judge a book by it's cover, etc. All of the above apply when you first regard Darcy Michael. His credits already include Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and CBC Radio's 'The Debaters.' He's a refreshing change from the norm in Toronto. I'm not saying the norm is bad in Toronto. It's just nice to see an act that isn't...angry. I've also never seen a, 'Sneaky gay' (his words, not mine).

FRI FEB 10 - SAT FEB 11 / CHRIS HARDWICK / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM AND 10PM / $20

Nerds...unite! Chris Hardwick is the creator of the immensely popular Nerdist podcast. Time Magazine calls him one of the 140 most influential people on Twitter. Books, television, late night shows (he'll be on Jimmy Fallon soon). As a nerd myself, he's created a safe-haven for keyboard warriors everywhere, and for that, on behalf of the nerderati, we're not worthy.

About the Author: This is Michael Jagdeo, and I refuse to write about myself in the third-person. I blog regularly about trials and tribulations of passing the just noticeable difference threshold in Toronto's comedy scene.


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