On the hunt for Toronto’s Tina and Amy

Drunk Fem­i­nist Films and sketch duo LadyS­tache can give you your Fey-Poehler fix

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - GABRIELLE JOHN­SON

I’m gut­ted that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t host a movie awards show this year. Their bit­ing, funny, she-for-she style is #goals. Where can I find some sim­i­lar ladies lo­cally to sup­port?

Sing it, sis­ter. Tina and Amy’s three­year Golden Globes host­ing gig was a ver­i­ta­ble buf­fet of bril­liantly sly one­lin­ers — re­mem­ber their de­scrip­tion of Grav­ity as “the story of how Ge­orge Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age?” — so it is in­deed a shame that they’ve packed up their gowns and made way for male hosts to re­sume cen­tre stage.

Luck­ily, there’s no short­age of dy­namic fe­male duos (and trios and quar­tets) do­ing cool, funny stuff in Toronto, so you can get your FeyPoehler-es­que cul­tural fix when­ever the mood strikes. Start with Drunk Fem­i­nist Films, a fem­i­nist col­lec­tive that knocks Hol­ly­wood gen­der stereo­types down a few pegs by screen­ing block­busters such as Twi­light, Fifty Shades of Grey and Love Ac­tu­ally, and mock­ing the liv­ing crap out of them. Drink­ing games add to the hi­lar­ity and the events al­ways sell out, so book quickly for the Feb. 4 and 6 screen­ings of Bring It On.

Ac­cord­ing to T&A lore, the pair be­gan their leg­endary best friend­ship at Sec­ond City in Chicago, so why not check out Toronto’s sketch com­edy scene for our own Next Big Thing(s)? My money’s on Steph Tolev and Al­li­son Hogg, the brains be­hind sketch duo LadyS­tache. With a dozen videos, a chart-top­ping full-length sketch al­bum and count­less live per­for­mances un­der their belts, Tolev and Hogg might just fol­low in Tina and Amy’s foot­steps.

And since this whole love fest is ba­si­cally a celebration of smart, quick-wit­ted women, delve into Meat Locker Edi­tions, a not-for-

There’s no short­age of dy­namic fe­male duos (and trios and quar­tets) do­ing cool stuff in Toronto to help you get over your Tina and Amy with­drawals

profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pub­lish­ing the works of young writ­ers (mostly women, all of them smart). Founders Sarah Beaudin (a de­signer and pub­lisher) and Madeleine Curry (a free­lance edi­tor) also run com­mu­nity events, in­clud­ing a monthly read­ing se­ries and the Book Bike, a mo­bile lend­ing li­brary — lit­er­ally on a bike — that cir­cles the city from May through Oc­to­ber. Have a ques­tion for our Cul­ture Concierge? Email en­ter­tain@thes­tar.ca.

JOR­DAN STRAUSS/INVISION/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A reader is missing three-time Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey, left and Amy Poehler dur­ing this awards sea­son.

Steph Tolev and Al­li­son Hogg are the brains be­hind LadyS­tache, likely Toronto’s Next Big Thing.

CHRIS SO/TORONTO STAR

Sarah Beaudin, left, and Madeleine Curry run a mo­bile book lend­ing li­brary from May through Oc­to­ber.

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