Toronto Comedy

This Week in Comedy: Winston Spear, Matt Falk, Nathan Macintosh, Danny Bhoy, and the Skinny Jean Comedy Show

White guy dancing in the middle of his act? Check. Lebanese comedian warming up the crowd with a ten-minute Lil' Wayne rant? Check. Skinny Jeans? Check (grudgingly). Follow along for This Week in Comedy.

WED MAR 14 - SUN MAR 18 / WINSTON SPEAR / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20

Marketing guru Seth Godin once said that in order for a product/service to sell, it would have to be remarkable (unique enough for people to talk about, share, etc.). Winston Spear has this, 'purple cow' appeal. The risk that he takes? He's the whitest guy you'll ever meet that dances on stage as if nobody's watching (shit gets real at 4:14 of the above clip). Now I'm no great dancer myself, but I find that his caucasian-infused choreography is both hilarious and well-coordinated. In comedy 101, they'll teach you that taking risks is integral to your growth, and I applaud Winston Spears for doing just that.

WED MAR 14 - SUN MAR 18 / NATHAN MACINTOSH feat. MATT FALK / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE / 8PM / $6-10

You have to give credit where credit is due: Nathan Macintosh, a caucasian comedian with orange hair boldly took the stage at Kenny Robinson's All Black Comedy Show and had the crowd on his side all night, which is no small feat. What impressed me the most was that he took that particular stage and did HIS act, not the act that he thought they wanted to see. He's piled up accolades accordingly, including the 2009 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, and winning the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. All that said, the clip above features Matt Falk's appearance on 100 Huntley Street. Although it wasn't intended to be funny, I LMAO'd at 2:32 - 3:07. Let me know if you did too!

THURS MAR 15 / THE SKINNY JEAN COMEDY SHOW / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / $10 ($15 AT DOOR)

As a native of Malvern, even a title alluding to tight jeans makes me squirm a bit. That said, I'll go to this show for one reason: Dave Merheje. Simply put, he's a beast on stage. I recently saw him open his set with a 10-minute rant about rappers that had the crowd crying. Even my girlfriend was laughing, and she hardly knows who Lil' Wayne is. The great thing about his act is just when you think he's done a rant, he takes a breath, pauses, and goes back into the premise for more gold. If you see five comedians this year, make Dave one of them.

FRI MAR 16 / DANNY BHOY / MASSEY HALL / 178 VICTORIA / 8PM / $37

Seeing Danny Bhoy for the first time can be a visually confusing experience, as he's half-Indian and half-Scottish. Once you get over that, you'll recognize that he's a charismatic, seasoned comedian, not afraid to open up major venues with improv off the top. Danny's credits reads like a comedian's wishlist, including Just For Laughs, David Letterman, Comedy Network, and a show at the Apollo.

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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