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Thursday, November 9
ANdrEw JoHNSToN Headlining standup ñ show with opening acts & MC. Nov 8-12, Wed-Thu 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm, Sun 8 pm. $11.50-$19.50. Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond W. 416-967-6431, yukyuks.com. BEAVEr ANd BAcoN coMEdy fESTIVAL Weekly festival competition shows lead up to the big gala show hosted by Ed the Sock. Nov 2-19 at Dampa, Nov 24 gala at Regent Theatre. $10, gala pass $25-$30 (includes gala & one other show). Dampa Bar and Grill, 168 Eglinton E. beaverandbacon.com. BLAST froM THE pAST – JuST ANoTHEr EdITIoN, EdITIoN Guests share cherished items from their past & improvisers transform the real stories into made-up scenes. 8 pm. $7. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. THE gIrLS SHow Kirsten Rasmussen, Nicole ñ Passmore, Nelu Handa, Anders Yates & others. 9:30 pm. $12. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. HEAdLINEr JoE BroNzI & HoST JuLIEN dIoNNE Also featuring Glen Foster. Nov 9-12, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. Thu & Sun $10, Fri-Sat $17. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, absolutecomedy.ca. 5NIgHT ouT: A quEEr SpEcTAcLE for THE AgES Kinsey Fail and the L.O.L Word hit the stage for a queer improv spectacle. 8 pm. $5$10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. facebook.com/events/1895214460507930. pArTy TodAy, pANIc ToMorrow ñ Second City’s latest revue gets big laughs with sketches about everything from the war between cyclists and drivers to Wine Rack employees’ lack of expertise. Director Leslie Seiler provides creative approaches to sketches, whether it’s in a quick bit about racial profiling or a scene about women’s bodies. The cast works beautifully together and a few do their best work yet. Newcomers Nadine Djoury and Allana Reoch are invaluable, especially Reoch as a baseball-obsessed father of the bride and a spin-class instructor who channels everyone’s anxiety. Limited run, TueThu 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, Sun 7:30 pm. $26 & up. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-3430011, secondcity.com. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) TwITTErproV Comics use random tweets as inspiration for scenes. 8 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca.
Friday, November 10
cAMpfIrE: A SToryTELLINg EVENT Comedy & reading w/ Sarah Hagi, Monica Heisey, Jordan Sowunmi, Vicky Mochama, Evany Rosen and Lauren Mitchell. 8 pm. Pwyc, proceeds to Sistering. Belljar Cafe, 2072 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/1656698247723989. THE dIArrHoEA MoNoLoguES True ñ stories of times adults have pooped themselves, w/ Eric Minch, Jessica Perkins, Danielle Stein, Kevin Frank and others. 8 pm. $10. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. facebook.com/events/150883045515188. THE dIrTy NorTH Dirty, dark comedy w/ ñ Sandra Battaglini, Keith Pedro, Ben Miner, Che Durena & others. 10:30 pm. $12-$15. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
HOlOdeck FOllies – sPOntaneOus star ñ trek The Dandies create a Star Trek episode based on audience suggestion w/ Kat Letwin, Cassie Cao, Ingrid Hansen & host Hisham Kelati. 8:30 pm. $15, adv $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. bit.ly/holodecknov17. imPrOv rOyal rumBle Natasha Boomer and Carmine Lucarelli wrangle/referee 25 improvisers in a barrage of improv games. Audience slots available. 10 pm. $8. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. Jim JeFFeries: tHe unusual PunisHment ñ tOur AEG presents the comic in a live show. Nov 10-11, Fri-Sat 6:30 & 9:30 pm. $49.50-$69.50. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. sonycentre.ca. mOOnstruck Bad Dog Theatre presents ñ an improv show that explores dreams, w/ Ken Hall, Jess Grant, Andy Hull, Paloma Nuñez and others. To Nov 24, Fri 8 pm. $15. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. 647748-2258, baddogtheatre.com. tHe sOnar POdcast netwOrk launcH Party Launching six local podcasts with performances by comedians and entertainers. 11 pm. Free. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. events.thesonarnetwork.com. tHe texas cOmedy massacre 2 Darryl Orr, Sam Feldman, Ted Morris, host Kevin MacNeil. 8:30 pm. Pwyc. Fox & Fiddle, 27 Wellesley E. 416-580-4153, texascomedymassacre2.com.
Saturday, November 11
24 HOur sketcH cHallenGe Six directors and 36 performers have less than 24 hours to construct six 15-minute sketch reviews in one show. 8 pm. $15. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 24hsc.bpt.me. Bassem yOusseF Festival of Arabic Music & Arts presents the Egyptian comic. 7:30 pm. $55-$65. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front E. canadianarabicorchestra.ca/fama. cHris rOck: tHe tOtal BlackOut tOur ñ Live Nation presents the actor/director/ producer in a live show. $49.50-$150. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay. ticketmaster.ca. Gad elmaleH The comic/actor performs a live stand-up show. 9 pm. $45.50. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’. ticketmaster.ca. Hat trick cOmedy Three styles of improv (games, montage, one-act play) w/ SODA School of Dramatic Acting, Orson Whales & others. 8:30 pm. $10, stu $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. sodaimpro.com. HOOkuP Improvised romantic comedy based on two random audience members. 9:30 pm. $10-$15. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. music mania Eight musical improvisers enter: one leaves as champion. With host Korri Birch. 10 pm. $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 647-982-4545, socap.ca. my mOmma sO... Franco Nguyen presents ñ diverse comics sharing stories about their moms, w/ Hoodo Hersi, Guled Abdi, Hisham Kelati, Rakhee Morzaria & Carol Zoccoli. Nov 11-12, Sat 7 pm, Sun 10 pm. $10. John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd flr. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com/JCBseries. tHe suPerstars OF cOmedy Pat MacDonald, Chantel Marostica, Jason Allen & hosts Bryan O’Gorman and Jeff Paul. 9 and 11 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. t dutty sHOw Chris Robinson, Guled Abdi, Tamara Shevon, host Vandad K and special guest white folk. 10 pm. $10. John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd floor. secondcity.com/JCBseries.
Sunday, November 12
Beaver and BacOn Festival: wHO is tHe BiGGest stOner cOmic? Competition show w/ Black Zeus, Alan Shane Lewis, Nitish Sakhuja, headliner Jason Allen, host Ronen Geisler and others. 8 pm. $10. Dampa Bar and Grill, 168 Eglinton E. beaverandbacon.com. HaPPy HOur cOmedy Mark McNally, Cynthia van Leeuwen, Liz Petrova, Aaron Rebello, Lucy Gervais, Andrew Cholfe, Mike Payne and host Rush Kazi. 8 pm. Free. Ein-Stein, 229 College. 416-893-5243. laylOw lauGHs stand-uP sundays Weekly stand-up hosted & curated by Jordan Foisy. 9 pm. Free. Laylow, 1144 College. laylowto.ca. lOl lOl land – a sketcH cOmedy review Daisy Productions presents Candace Meeks, Holly Wyder, Alan Bee & Kelly Taylor. 7 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. sHakesPeare’s GHOstBusters Improv ñ troupe the Coincidence Men render the Bard’s take on the 80s film. 7 pm. $10. John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd floor. secondcity.com/JCBseries. tHe time macHete Comedy variety show, stand-up by Tim Gilbert, Stephanie Kaliner & Shirley Whalen, improv by Nelu Handa and Andrea Marston, music by PLELTH. 8 pm. $7. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
Monday, November 13
altdOt cOmedy lOunGe TRIXX, Dom ñ Pare, Nitish Sakhuja, Paul Thompson, Becky Fallis, Christophe Davidson, MC Danny Martinello and others. 9 pm. $10, adv $8. Rivoli, 334 Queen W. altdotcomedylounge.com. cOFFee time A family must relocate after their house develops some issues in this improvised play. 8:30 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. exQuisite cOrPs[inG] Melissa and Dorothy host this improv show and jam inspired by the parlour game, w/ guests. 8 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. scenes & seQuins Improv scenes by the Monkey Toast Players inspired by burlesque performances by local talent. 9:30 pm. $20, adv $15. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. facebook.com/scenessequins.
Tuesday, November 14
assemBly tuesdays Long-form teams honour the one true form. 9:30 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. cOmedy underGrOund: artHur simeOn Headlining w/ guests. 8 pm. $10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. thedrakehotel.ca. Fireside tales: OutdOOr stOrytellinG sHOw Storytelling by the campfire w/ Jackie Pirico, Nitish Sakhuja, Dan Tahmizian, Natalie Norman, Karen O’Keefe McOuat and hosts Helder Brum & Rhiannon Archer. 8 pm. Free. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Pk. facebook.com/events/128241101221233. PrO-case tuesday Headliner Gavin Stephens, James Kersley, Keven Soldo, Nick Martinello, Simon Rakoff, Ryan Maglunob and host Sam Demaris. 8:30 pm. $10. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. absolutecomedy.ca. seven in seven cOmedy Speakeasy show w/ host Joey Harlem & guests. 9 pm. Pwyc. Sarah’s Cafe, 1426 Danforth. 647-863-2163. ñ stOry witH cHOnG Presents: sex and tHe sinGle Parent Stand-up with headliner Sandra Battaglini, Melanie Dahling, Phil Luzi, Carolina Gonzaga, Aaron Wong, Gaby Hey and hosts Precious Chong & Melissa Story. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. ñ 28 years later: a BirtHday sHOw Improv w/ Cameron Algie, Coko Galore, Natasha Boomer, Daphney Joseph, Napolean Icecream, Ken Hall, Adam Cawley, Psychotic Gamblers & others. 8 pm. Free. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. tHe yOunG and tHe sketcHless Soap operainspired sketch comedy, plus guests Tom & Erica & 3 Speed. 9:30 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca.
Wednesday, November 15
dare: stOries we tHOuGHt we wOuld never tell Producers Brian Finch, Anto Chan, Kei Bei & Joel West + storytellers recall stories they promised they would never repeat. Oct 18 at 8 pm. Pwyc. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. 416850-0161, darestorrytelling.com. my Friend’s an actOr: tHe imPrOv sHOw Improvisers invite terrified actor friends to play an entirely unscripted scene. 9:30 pm. $10, stu/artsworker $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. sodaimpro.com. PePPerOni Pizza cats Presents Improv with PPC and guests TwoSon, host Hillary Ooos plus a lottery jam. 9 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. PrO-am niGHt Headliner Gavin Stephens, Akshay Sharma, Cathy Boyd, Shane Peterson, Luba Magnus, Pete Smith, host Sam Demaris & others. 8:30 pm. $7. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. absolutecomedy.ca. siren’s cOmedy Headliner Cameron LePrairie, and host Andrew Harris. 8:30 pm. Free. Celt’s Pub, 2872 Dundas W. 647-217-0836. sPellBOund – a cOmedy HyPnOsis sHOw Adventure into the subconscious mind with comedy hypnotist Brandon Dean. 8 pm. $10$40. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. eventbrite.ca. stewart Francis Headlining w/ opening acts & MC. Nov 15-19, Wed-Thu 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30pm, Sun 8 pm. $11.50-$19.50. Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond W. yukyuks.com. 5#tellemBOOBsBye Chantel Marostica’s Top Surgery Comedy Fund-O-Rama w/ Meg MacKay, Michelle Shaughnessy, Adrienne Fish, Jackie Pirico, Nigel Grinstead, Massimo, Kyle Brownrigg and Amber Daniels. 9 pm. $20. Rivoli, 334 Queen W. 416-524-6523, eventbrite.ca/e/38502417768. wes Barker: stunt maGician Combo of stand-up, magic and stunts with audience interaction. 9 pm. $20, adv $15. The Rec Room, 255 Bremner. therecroom.com.