Toronto Comedy

This Week In Comedy: West End Girls, Choose Your Own Adventure, and Dawn Patrol

Do you guys remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Well, a collection of some of Toronto's best improvisers do, and they're bringing you a new format that's making the nerd in me all hot and bothered. Where? When? Follow me as I walk you through This Week In Comedy...

SAT SEPT 14 / WEST END GIRLS / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / $10 ADV $15 DOOR

You've got an awesome line-up of heavy hitters tonight, including Yuk's headliners like Christina Walkinshaw and Martha Chaves. That said, I'd pay special attention to Christi Olson, who won the Tim Sim's Fresh Meat competition last year. What was truly remarkable was that her thoroughly blue jokes killed in front of a crowd dominated by 35-60 year old's, and it's the reason why I believe that she's going to make huge strides in the next 12-18 months.

SAT SEPT 14 / CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / $5 W/PASSWORD

Shout out to all my homies who recognize names like Ian Livingston and Steve Jackson! CYOAs became a favourite of mine when I was in the Extended French program in school because I was able to make up my book reports without actually reading the novel. Anyhoo, this concept sounds like a winner to me. First of all, you have players from reknowned troupes like Bad Dog and Mantown. Second, I can imagine what it'll be like when the characters are sent down the wrong path, die, and then are revived when the audience flips them back to the previous page so that they can try portcullis number 2. Man I sound like a huge nerd. Password: I'd like a ticket to see Choose Your Own Adventure Live, I hear it'll be really funny!

MON SEPT 9 / DAWN PATROL / COMEDY BAR / 945 BLOOR W / 830PM / $7

Damn, son. I'm shaking my head with my dunk face on even as I'm writing this. Tim Gilbert, Stephanie Kaliner, Kathleen Phillips, Sara Hennessey, DeAnne Smith, Nile Seguin, Christophe Davidson, Bob Kerr, and Carolyn Taylor??? On any given night, these comedians are hosting, if not headlining, major shows at Absolute, Yuk's, and Comedy Bar. Somehow, Dawn Whitwell, your producer, has wrangled all of these stars on one show. All Hail Dawn! PS - 0:29 is murder!!!

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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