Festivals of fun
The World’s Biggest Improv Tournament and TOsketchfest hit the city this month, bringing world-class entertainers and tasteful fart jokes to the Hogtown stage. Who gets the last laugh?
When I was in Grade 2, my teacher showed a picture of a cattail plant in class, which spurred a reaction in me where I jumped out of my chair, pointed and screamed, “Those look like hot dogs!” and did a little dance to thunderous laughter. So maybe then? I realized at a young age I’d do anything for a laugh. When I was nine, my friends and I were tobogganing. I found a frozen piece of dog crap and, without thinking, picked it up and pretended to smoke it like a big cigar through my scarf. I know it’s gross. But it got a laugh! I grew up on Chicken Lady was a household favourite of me and my siblings. But I also saw reruns of and fell in love with it. So I’ll say both? When I worked at Second City Mainstage Toronto, we had Andrea Martin, Shania Twain, Laverne Cox, Sir Ian McKellen, Jack McBrayer and more.