John Hastings

This Week in Comedy: Sik Comedy for SickKids, ALTdot Comedy Lounge, and Kenny Zimlingaus

Hey guys! Just because NXNE is gone, it doesn't mean that comedy has shut down! Follow me as I walk you through the gems on This Week In Comedy...

MON JUNE 24 / ALTdot COMEDY LOUNGE / RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN W / 9PM / $5

Yeah yeah yeah there are a lot of great comedians on the bill, but I'm really glad John Hastings is back in town from the UK. The last time I saw him was at his Edinburgh Fringe Fest preview show, where he killed from bell to bell. I'm always impressed by guys that are able to have the daily discipline to write enough material to come up with a new hour on a consistent basis. It shows a respect and commitment for the craft that rarely gets acknowledged.

SAT JUNE 29 / KENNY ZIMLINGHAUS / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 9PM / $15

Kenny, like Bill Burr, cut his teeth on the radio in Boston. In my opinion, if you can perform comedy in Boston, you can do just about anything you want to. It's like the Army Ranger training program for stand-up. He now performs stand-up in NYC and hosts a radio show on SiriusXM.

SAT JUNE 29 / SIK COMEDY FOR SICKKIDS / TRANZAC / 292 BRUNSWICK / 9PM / $15

Comedy? Good. Comedy for SickKids? Very good. I don't think enough people realize that our hospitals live and die on the charity of private individuals. Your producer and headliner, Todd Downey, himself a former patient, is putting on a fundraiser featuring some of the best that Toronto has to offer. Your MC, Mike Rita, might be the most sought-after host in the city. Ryan Horwood had me laughing so hard the first time I saw him that I couldn't even hear his tags. Come out and support!

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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