No. 9 wet your pants laugh­ing.

From stand-up to sketch to the Fringe, com­edy shows will make you laugh your Face OFF


On your Marc

His WTF With Marc Maron pod­cast has in­tro­duced his laid-back and savvy per­son­al­ity to au­di­ences around the world, and he’s built on that brand with a best­selling book and TV show. But veteran stand-up Maron is still best seen live, as he demon­strated at least year’s JFL42. Don’t miss him as he de­liv­ers a sure-to-be-talked­about key­note ad­dress at NXNE In­ter­ac­tive. June 18 at the Hy­att Re­gency.­ets.

Kurt’s cut-ups

Comics don’t come much more sar­cas­tic than Kurt Braunohler, whose de­but disc, How Do I Land?, is a favourite of ev­ery com­edy nerd I know. Don’t miss his week­end of sets at the Com­edy Bar, June 20 and 21 (where his open­ers in­clude DeAnne Smith, one of the fun­ni­est queer comics I know), and then June 22 host­ing Sun­day Night Live. com­e­dy­

Proud and hi­lar­i­ous

Speak­ing of queer and funny, World Pride has brought out some of the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional LGBTQ tal­ent around. On-the-brink- of-star­dom comic James Ado­mian head­lines Yuk Yuk’s, from June 25 to 28 (he’s the fea­ture act of Robert Keller’s OUT­ra­geous Show on June 25), Two head­lin­ers in their own right team up in Gavin Craw­ford And Shar­ron Matthews Are Vi­cious Bitches, June 22 at Sec­ond City (416-343- 0011) and June 26 at Bud­dies in Bad Times. Also at Bud­dies, Drew Droege, known for his dead- on im­pres­sion of Chloë Sevigny, head­lines Bitch Salad Pride on June 27, and Elvira Kurt, Richard Ry­der, Shawn Hitchins, Susan Fis­cher and Dawn Whitwell are on the Homo Night In Canada bill on June 28. For all Bud­dies shows call 416-975-8555, bud­diesin­bad­

Fringe faves

The sum­mer’s big­gest the­atri­cal blowout, the Toronto Fringe, al­ways con­tains lots of laughs, and this year is no ex­cep­tion. The afore­men­tioned Elvira Kurt, one of the coun­try’s best standups ever, pairs with Megan Fahlen­bock in Par­al­lel Play, a comic re­vue about wom­an­hood in. Ace character comic Kath­leen Phillips per­forms Trust Me, It’s Fine. I Fig­ured It Out. In Lost And Found, Mar­illa Wex chron­i­cles her jour­ney from Eng­land to Toronto. Be­fore she takes it to Ed­in­burgh, Cana­dian Com­edy Award win­ner Chelsea Man­ders (one-half of beloved Fringe duo the Ne­far­i­ous Black Roses) mounts her mu­sic-filled au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal com­edy Don’t Tell My Dad. And Sex T- Rex, an im­prov troupe who play hi­lar­i­ously with genre, present Watch Out Wild­kat!: Yer Dealin’ With The Devil. July 2 to 13 at var­i­ous venues. 416-966-1062, fringe­

Shar­ron Matthews

Drew Droege

Marc Maron

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