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Comedy nights in Toronto by day of the week

Live comedy in Toronto can be found every day of the week. Below is a list of regular weekly events where you can find stand-up, sketch and improv. Safe bets are highlighted for each day. There are the usual spots like Comedy Bar, Yuk Yuk's, and Second City, but there are stages all across the city that make it easy to find some funny no matter where you are.

From the Danforth to the Junction, Mimico to Midtown, north of Bloor, east of Yonge, or either side of the Don River, get yourself some of the best medicine and have a good laugh. The good folks at Comedy Uncovered have an exhaustive list of these and other bi-weekly and monthly events on their website.

These are my picks for the top comedy nights in Toronto by day of the week.

Monday

Dawn Patrol / Comedy Bar (Cabaret) 945b Bloor St. West
Host Dawn Whitwell brings together a great mix of emerging talent and stand-up veterans for her weekly showcase.

Also on Mondays

Tuesday

Cagematch / Comedy Bar (Mainstage) 945b Bloor St. West
Anybody quick-of-wit and smart-of-whip is welcome to put their name in a lottery where, if drawn-of-name they will be selected to test their skills against veteran improvisers. The winning team gets invited to defend their title the following week.

Also on Tuesdays

Wednesday

Dope N' Mic Comedy with Jeff Paul / Underground Comedy Club 668 Queen St. East
Laughter is literally in the air as Jeff Paul hosts some of the city's very best stand-ups every Wednesday. The atmosphere at this east-end hang-out is very friendly.

Also on Wednesdays

Thursday

Stoned Up Comedy / Hot Box Puff Lounge 204 Augusta Ave.
Laughter is literally in the air as Amanda Day presents a weekly stand-up showcase. The atmosphere in this Kensington hang-out is very friendly. Someone's catching the drift out there, right?

Also on Thursdays

Friday

Catch 23 / Comedy Bar (MainStage) 945b Bloor St. West
Known as a no-holds-barred, free-for-all, take-no-prisoners, action-movie-clichĂŠ improv-battle-royale, Catch 23 features a rotating cast of Toronto's best sketch and improv comics at their best (and worst).

Also on Fridays

Saturday

Comedy at The Red Rocket / Red Rocket Coffee 1364 Danforth Ave.
Hosted by Joel West, Comedy at The Red Rocket features a new line-up each week and there's no cover.

Also on Saturdays

Sunday

Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons / Comedy Bar (Mainstage) 945b Bloor St. West
Veteran sketch troupe, The Sketchersons produce Sunday Night Live at Comedy Bar. Modeled closely after its network TV inspiration, S(unday)NL features live music, a news-desk segment, and fresh sketches every week.

Also on Sundays

What did I miss? Add your picks for Toronto comedy nights in the comments.

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