The only thing you can do is laugh

Look­ing for some big chuck­les this fall sea­son? — check out these shows

Bayview Post - - Fall Stage Guide - by Mark Bres­lin

CHRIS ROCK, AIR CANADA CEN­TRE, NOV. 11

Granted, the venue is cav­ernous and not the best place to see a comic, but there will be big screens and Rock’s even big­ger per­son­al­ity to fill the room. Since tour­ing here last, Rock’s gone through a bit­ter di­vorce, and his home coun­try has been racked with racial in­ci­dents. Can’t wait to hear what he’ll say on both per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal is­sues.

CAROL BUR­NETT, SONY CEN­TRE, OCT. 30

If you’re a fan, you’re go­ing to love this show, which isn’t a per­for­mance as much as a ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive. The au­di­ence is promised lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to pose ques­tions to the com­edy diva, as she rem­i­nis­cences and shows clips from her bril­liant sketch show.

SUGAR SAMMY, MASSEY HALL, OCT. 26

JFL 42 may be over, but Just For Laughs brings two no­table shows to the city this au­tumn. The JFL com­edy tour stars Sugar Sammy and is at Massey Hall on Oct. 26. Sammy (or do I call him Sugar?), is a huge star in his na­tive Que­bec who ag­gra­vated the lan­guage po­lice last year by run­ning ads sat­i­riz­ing Que­bec’s French lan­guage poli­cies. He’s a also a wor­thy en­try in the South Asian com­edy clique that in­cludes Rus­sell Peters, Shawn Ma­jumder, Aziz An­sari and Mindy Kal­ing.

JFL AL­TER­NA­TIVE COM­EDY TOUR, SONY CEN­TRE, NOV 4.

This night of standup fea­tures one of Hol­ly­wood’s hottest funny guys T. J. Miller, one of the stars of

Sil­i­con Val­ley and the voice of “Meh” in The Emoji Movie. His one-man con­cert on HBO is a big hit. I thought he was great on the Pete Holmes se­ries Crash­ing.

JOE WHITE, COM­EDY BAR, OCT. 22

This show, billed as Ethiopian &

Still Not Hun­gry at the Com­edy Bar in­trigues me. Dubbed Aus­tralia’s an­swer to Trevor Noah, White has won a pas­sel of awards all over the world and is de­scribed as be­ing “on the tamer side of edgy.”

JA­SON ROUSE AND TERRY CLEMENT, YUK YUKS

Rouse (Oct. 4–8) has been shock­ing au­di­ences from Hol­ly­wood to Es­to­nia with his skate punk es­thetic. Pierced, tat­tooed, filthy, yet strangely lov­able, Rouse pushes the crowd to its lim­its and be­yond, but no­body walks out. Clement is qui­eter, an un­earthly blend of Bur­roughs and Poe, but his twisted songs may re­mind you more of an early Jonathan Rich­man. Clement is call­ing this his Halloween show, so ex­pect some­thing spooky (Oct. 25-28).

T. J. Miller’s HBO com­edy spe­cial was a hit; catch him live at the Sony Cen­tre

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