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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    COMEDY THEATRE - IMPROV + GAGS.

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    CASH! $5 or 4% of your income.

  • July 25

    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...

  • July 25

    It's the Fun Fun Happy Time Cabaret show!

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

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