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This Week In Comedy: Roller Town, Laugh Sabbath, East End Comedy Revue, and Superstars of Comedy

Just For Laughs may have left the building, but the Toronto comedians that opened for the best headliners in the world are here to stay...for now, anyway. Catch them while you can!

ALL WEEK / ROLLER TOWN / CINEPLEX ODEON / YONGE & DUNDAS / 10 DUNDAS E

Fans of Picnicface were heartbroken when their show on The Comedy Network was cancelled. But if Family Guy has taught us anything, it's that when enough people want something, their yearning congeals into the sweetest ambrosia, compelling the programming gods to be merciful. Regardless of what happens with their television prospects, Picnicface has created Roller Town, a movie best described by the tagline, "Disco didn't die, it was murdered."

THURS OCT 4 / LAUGH SABBATH / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 9PM / $5

When I started out in comedy, I didn't know what alternative comedy was, and I still don't. In fact, I could care less about putting comedy in categories like we do with music and film. If something is funny, I laugh. A part of me feels like I take for granted that I get to see acts like Chris Locke, David Dineen-Porter, Tom Henly (sorry, Henry), Kathleen Phillips, Mark Little, James Hartnett, and Nick Flanagan on an almost weekly basis for less than the cost of a beer--but with Laugh Sabbath, so do you.

SAT OCT 6 / EAST END COMEDY REVUE / DOMINION ON QUEEN / 500 QUEEN E / 830PM / $20

How do I say this...Ron James (CBC), Frank Spadone (Winnipeg Comedy Festival), Dave Merheje (MTV), Alex Nussbaum (Comedy Now), Dave Martin (XM Radio), and Rebecca Kohler (Just For Laughs). 'Nuff said.

SAT OCT 6 / SUPERSTARS OF COMEDY / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 930PM / $10 ADV $12 DOOR

Headlining this edition of Superstars is Ron Josol, who's a staccato powerhouse on stage. When he made an impromptu visit to Crack Me Up Comedy at The Pickled Onions in Brampton ($4.52 for a pound of wings and fries on Wednesday night), he had the audience dying from bell to bell. He's recently been touring the world, doing shows in Denmark, Copenhagen, and even Dubai. Look out for Tim Golden, who's one of my favourite comedians in the world. Just one piece of advice though: if he starts talking about the time he saw a homeless guy, put down your beer.

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, teaches you how to be - and how not to be - a comedian in Toronto.


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