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This Week In Comedy featuring Richard Lett, Joe Bronzi ft. Mike Takacs, Johng Wing, and Big Jay Oakerson

Joe Rogan has often said that there's a huge difference between those who headline and those who are legitimate headliners. Follow me as I show you why we are privy to the latter in This Week In Comedy...

WED DEC 19 - SUN DEC 23 / RICHARD LETT / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / 8PM / $11-20

Richard's done everything from work with Robin freakin' Williams to Chris freakin' Rock. Wowzers. What makes him stand out is that his talents also include playwrighting, TV, and even slam poetry. So, even though his appearance might be gruff in nature, his material oftens ascends to the heights of political and social commentary.

WED DEC 29 - SUN DEC 23 / JOE BRONZI ft. MIKE TAKACS / ABSOLUTE COMEDY / 2335 YONGE / 8PM / $6-15

Joe's opened for Seinfeld, Gottfriend, Regan, Irrera...damn, son, now that's what I call a CV! It doesn't take a genius to figure out why: he works clean and is hilarious. His acting background gives him that special range of facial expressions and casual act out's to keep his performance consistently interesting, which is one of the hardest things to accomplish over the course of 45 minutes.

THURS DEC 20 / JOHN WING / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM & 10PM / $20

I remember John from watching his specials on TV when I was a kid with my family. In my mind, what made him stand out was his passive-aggressive delivery. He has a look that makes you think he's about to get swept up into a fit of rage. John's very accomplished, having six Leno appearances and nine Just For Laugh's notches. I've watched his recent work at places like the Ice House in Pasadena and after all these years, he's still got it.

SAT DEC 22 / BIG JAY OAKERSON / UNDERGROUND COMEDY CLUB | CLANDESTINY / 9PM / $20

From what I heard, Big Jay did an awesome job when he was here for Just For Laughs 42 in the fall. Sadly, just a few months later, he had his home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. So he's coming back to the city that loves him for a final show before the new year. Big Jay's resume is impressive, having done everything from Puff Daddy's Bad Boys of Comedy to opening for Korn. Now that's what I call versatility.

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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