BEST COM­EDY HOST

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Stage -

GRA­HAM WAG­NER A good com­edy host has to whet your ap­petite for the acts to come yet also hold his own (un­for­tu­nately, most of the best hosts are guys) with­out mak­ing you wish he’d just get on with it. Some of the best in­clude

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Re­sort hosts Simon Rakoff and Ted Bissal­lion and Yuk Yuk’s sta­ples like

Steve Pat­ter­son and Kenny Robin­son. Mar­cel St. Pierre over at Bad Dog Theatre is a pretty de­cent MC, too – self-ef­fac­ing but sharp. This year, how­ever, I caught Gra­ham Wag­ner – of the im­prov troupe Iron Co­bra – host­ing a show, and he knocked ev­ery­one else out of the ring. The young im­prov ace (whose mug is on those Vir­gin cell­phone “Catch” ads) makes it look easy, and seems to be hav­ing as much fun as – if not more than – ev­ery­one else.

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