Social Capital Toronto

Social Capital Theatre

Social Capital is one of Toronto’s most active improv clubs and best comedy venues with nightly events, hidden in plain sight on the second and third floor above Black Swan pub.

Improv is just the tip of the iceberg at SoCap, as it’s lovingly known. They also host stand-up, sketch comedy, cabaret, poetry readings and workshops of all stripes, and rooms are available for rent.

Apparently this was formerly a blues bar, and musicians sought out the spaces for performances or recordings due to its unique acoustics.

Social Capital TorontoA second floor pub area has the main bar, seating mostly worn leather armchairs and swiveling wooden chairs. Audience members flood this area during breaks in performances, rushing out again just as quickly.

Social Capital Toronto

On this same floor there’s a relatively large performance space with chairs clustered around roughly 16 low tables, some higher chairs at the back.

Social Capital Toronto

On the third floor there’s a slightly smaller, more intimate room without any tables.

Social Capital Toronto

To say events are “nightly” at SoCap is an understatement. Due to the two stages on separate floors, there are typically multiple events each day, including regularly recurring Friday night comedy shows like That Friday Show and the $15 Beer Beer Comedy Show ($15 for admission plus two drink tickets).

Many other events, workshops and drop-in classes are PWYC or free.

Social Capital Toronto

I happen to visit during The Toronto Celebration of Improv, which has even more shows here than normal, if you can believe it. Improv troupes of varying sizes with names like Hot Doggies, Trophy Husbands, and Curious George Washington perform throughout the day starting around noon all week long.

Social Capital Toronto

Draught beer isn’t super diverse with an Amsterdam monopoly, but a pint of Boneshaker for $8.50 will get the creative juices flowing or possibly make your friend’s act seem just that much funnier.

Social Capital Toronto

The Social Capital feels like one of those nerd havens where you can find “your people” if amateur improv, comedy and theatre of all stripes is your thing.

social capital torontoWhether you’re an amateur or a pro when it comes to improv, this is a good place to get your feet wet or flex your chops in Toronto.

Social Capital Toronto

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Hector Vasquez


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  • September 17

    Comedy Nuggets presents Bring It!. This show is a new talent comedy competition ensuring that some of the Toronto upcoming comedians bring their best material to out laugh their competition.

    Join us on The Danforth at the Social Capital Theatre's cozy 3rd floor. This is one of the best rooms for comedy in the city.

    The show will be comprised of 10 new comedians (performing for 24 months o...

  • September 21

    Comedy Nuggets brings you a professional line up of women comedians seen on JUST FOR LAUGHS, COMEDY NETWORK, ABSOLUTE COMEDY, YUK YUKS, HALIFAX COMEDY FESTIVAL +MORE.

    Live from The Danforth. The show is at The Social Capital Theatre (154 Danforth Ave.).

    Here is a little about each of the performers in the show.

    JENNIFER HSIUNG

    Jennifer is a Canadian television presenter and journali...

  • September 27

    Comedy Nuggets presents the Best Damn Stand-Up Comedy Show for an amazing night of laughs!

    Every month Luke Lynndale assembles an amazing lineup by inviting three headliners. The show is always hilarious, thought provoking, and silly.

    Luke is a Toronto-based, comedian performing stand-up, improv and sketch. He has performed in Comedy Brawl (2017, 2018), Comedian of the North (2019), the B...

  • September 28

    Comedy Nuggets presents The Funniest Show on The Danforth which is is THE MOST UNIQUELY ENTERTAINING comedy/variety show ON EARTH.

    THIS MONTH's show includes Danish Anwar, DUO DAD, Anesti Daniels, Thurka Gunaratnam, and Chris Sandiford - hosted by Luke Lynndale. Join us on The Danforth at the Social Capital Theatre's cozy 2nd floor.

    Here is a little about each of the performers in the sho...

  • October 19

    Comedy Nuggets brings you a professional line up of women comedians seen on JUST FOR LAUGHS, COMEDY NETWORK, ABSOLUTE COMEDY, YUK YUKS, HALIFAX COMEDY FESTIVAL +MORE.

    Live from The Danforth. The show is at The Social Capital Theatre (154 Danforth Ave.).

    Here is a little about each of the performers in the show.

    SARAH ASHBY

    What do you get when you put Regina George’s mean spirit int...

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