Ari Shaffir

This Week In Comedy: Chicka Boom, Ari Shaffir, Kyle and Mark Do A New Play, Gerry Dee, and Doug Benson

This edition features The Amazing Racist and Christina Walkinshaw. Can you guess which one got banned from Casino Niagara?

SUN MAY 26 / CHICKA BOOM / FREE TIMES CAFE / 320 COLLEGE / 8PM / PWYC

On this edition of Chicka Boom, your headliner is none other than Christina Walkinshaw, who made waves recently by announcing that she was banned from doing shows at Casino Niagara because of an incident that transpired the last time she was there. What happened?

"About five minutes into my act, they [8-10 drunk men] started to chant: 'Show us your tits! Show us your tits! Show us your tits!' Under normal circumstances, I would shoot them a sassy line, and tell them to shut up. But this club sends us all memos, telling us NOT to talk to the crowd, or engage the staff in our acts. So basically, I have two choices. Keep going, or show them my tits. I decide to just keep going. A few minutes later, they started chanting again: "Show us your bush! Show us your bush! Show us your bush!'"

For the full story, Click here. It's a sad day when comics can lose a gig over circumstances like these, so come out and show your support!

THURS MAY 30 / ARI SHAFFIR / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM / $20

Ari was my favourite comedian at JFL42 last summer. Why? He was able to extract twenty minutes of material from a shit joke involving MadTV's Bobby Lee. Maybe that's the comedian in me talking, but it finally made me realize what Joe Rogan meant when he called Ari a legitimate headliner. Ari got more than a few London Ontarians upset when it was announced he'd be doing a show out there. In fact, the protesters were so fierce that they got the venue to cancel the show! Civil action works! Well, kind of. They've moved the show to an even bigger venue. PS - I hate to go back to his Amazing Racist work, but the joke at 0:55 is ausome!

WED MAY 29 / KYLE AND MARK DO A NEW PLAY / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 8PM / $5

On the Facebook page, the description ends with the location of the event: Comedy Bar Cabaret Space. Toronto. Ontario. Canada. Earth. Milky Way. Gem on a dog's collar.

It's these kinds of hilariously quirky antics that thousands grew to love during Mark & Kyle's run on PicnicFace, and it's exactly why the show sells out every week. Click play and revel in all of their glory. PS - clip doesn't include Dooley, but trust me, dude's a monster.

FRI MAY 31 / GERRY DEE / YUK YUK'S / 224 RICHMOND W / FRI 8PM SAT 8PM & 1030PM / $39

There's a difference between comedians that only have strong material and comedians that are genuinely funny no matter what scenario you put them in. Watch Gerry Dee long enough, and you'll realize that he's a sincerely hilarious individual. In 2008, he was recognized with a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up. His show on CBC, Mr. D, garnered 1.23M viewers in its first episode. But what I find most impressive is that he held his own in an interview with Charles Barkley, even to the point of cutting him off on a few occasions, which is no simple feat.

SAT JUNE 1 / DOUG BENSON / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 420PM / $20

Remember Super High Me? This is the dude. He's done everything from play an extra in Blade Runner to have bit parts in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Wowzers. A few Canucks might remember his Red Eye incident where he made a joke about the Canadian military during the a month where casualties hit a peak. (Insert Louis CK's Of Course But Maybe bit here). Anyhoo, dude's been mad consistent over the past few years, recording a comedy album every 4/20 and placing sixth on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Make note of the time!

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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