COM­EDY

Trey an­thony con­tin­ues her hot streak

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - By GLENN SUMI

Dat girl sho is on a roll

Trey an­thony’s had a ter­rific year. Not only did her play ’Da Kink In My Hair get an ex­tended run at the Princess of Wales – the first Canadian play ever per­formed there – but it’s be­ing mounted in Cal­i­for­nia this fall. She’s hold­ing a VIP fun­der June 9 at the Opal Lounge (472 Queen West) for the LaLa­Land pro­duc­tion. The busy, mul­ti­tal­ented an­thony’s also co­host­ing Dat Girl ’Sho Is Funny, the an­nual Ur­ban Womyn’s Com­edy Fest. Get your tix early for this year’s women-of-colour blowout, which in­cludes Sab­rina Jalees,

Jamil­lah Ross, Anita Ma­jum­dar, the Rag­ing Asians and co­host Rachael Lea Rickards, cuz the show al­ways sells out.

June 11 at the St. Lawrence Cen­tre (27 Front East). 416-3667723.

Stars for SARS

They say that com­edy is tragedy plus time. Hence SARSical, a new satiric pro­duc­tion with the year’s best tag line: “The mu­si­cal about a real show­stop­per.” The cast ain’t shabby ei­ther, fea­tur­ing Sec­ond City Main­stage alumni Sandy Jobin

Be­vans, Doug Morency, Naomi Snieckus and Paul Bates as Mayor Mel Last­man. The show’s writ­ten by Fringe vets the

Ru­moli Bros., and it plays this year’s Fringe – chock full of other com­edy folks – from July 6 to 16. Au­di­ence mem­bers shouldn’t bother muf­fling their coughs – it’ll just add to the vérité vibe. Tran­zac Club (292 Brunswick). 416-966-1062.

Come to the Cabaret

Any­one can take a mic and a chair and put on a cabaret th­ese days, but no one beats Cabaret Vul­gare’s tire­less Troy

Yorke. Since last fall, he’s mounted a monthly out­ra­geous, theme-spe­cific night of sketch, im­prov, mu­sic and dance. His Pride-themed show, dubbed Rain­bow De­men­tia, draws “best-of” mo­ments from the past year and in­cludes some of the city’s sharpest comedic tal­ents, like Re­nee Percy, Jen Radomsky, Jil­lian Thomas, Bruce Ho­rak and Re­becca Northan. Also on the bill, the cu­ri­ously named O’tea Tane, an all-male Tahi­tian dance troupe. June 19 at Bud­dies in Bad

Times (12 Alexander). 416-975-8555.

Deb­bie does... Just For Laughs

I’ve been fol­low­ing De­bra DiGio­vanni’s ca­reer ever since she first braved stony-faced crowds at the city’s tough­est open mics. She gets bolder each year, and now (it’s about fuckin’ time!) she’s head­ing off to Mon­treal’s Just For Laughs fest in July. Lo­cals can catch her sassy act be­fore she hits the big time when she head­lines the Laugh Re­sort (370 King West) June 16 to 18. 416-364-5233.

Monkey see, Monkey Drake

The Tim Sims Play­house may be no longer, but that doesn’t mean all the com­edy that hap­pened there has gone to that big open mic in the sky. One of the venue’s best monthly bets was Monkey Toast, David Shore’s im­pro­vised show that riffs on real peo­ple’s lives. Shore and Monkey Toast have found a new home – and for­mat – at the hip­ster-ap­proved Drake Ho­tel (1150 Queen West). A celebrity in­ter­view seg­ment in the first half (with host/pro­ducer Shore) is fol­lowed by im­pro­vised scenes based on that in­ter­view. MT marks its sec­ond an­niver­sary on June 5, tapes a CBC Ra­dio pi­lot on June 21 and then kicks off a bi­weekly Sun­day-night slot on July 17. Regular im­pro­vis­ers in­clude Lisa Mer­chant, Janet Van De Graaff, Doug Morency, Jen­nifer Good­hue, Carolyn Tay­lor and Kerry Grif­fin. www.the­drake­ho­tel.ca.

Ex­change rates

You’ve heard of sum­mer ex­change pro­grams, right? It’s hap­pen­ing in the com­edy scene, too. The Sketch Com­edy Ex

change is a cross-bor­der tag-team as­sault from Toronto’s own ris­ing sketch up­starts the Boiled Wieners and Chicago’s Com­pet­i­tive Awe­some. Two emerg­ing, fuck-therules troupes, one great show. The first ex­change hap­pens June 24 and 25 at the Alchemy Theatre (133 Te­cum­seth) in prepa­ra­tion for an all-out 13-troupe fest in the fall. www.toron­tos­ketch­fest.com.

Da Kink’s trey an­thony co-hosts Dat Girl ’Sho Is Funny on June 11.

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