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Thursday, June 14
The besT is yeT To coMe uNdoNe is the ñ
best Second City revue I’ve seen in years. The troupe takes on everything from #MeToo and systemic racism to minor irritations, but each sketch aims high – and gets laughs. Even premises that start out familiar go to unexpected places. Under director Carly Heffernan, who mixes styles and rhythms expertly, the cast is superb, with especially strong work by Stacey McGunnigle, Chris Wilson and Bran-
don Hackett. Limited run, Tue-Sun see website for times. $27 & up, stu from $16. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com. nnnnn (Glenn Sumi) BlasT FroM The PasT: luke... i aM sTill your FaTher ediTion Comedy inspired by childhood show-and-tell w/ Cassie Barradas, John Richardson, Cameron Algie, Linda Julia Paolucci, Matt Folliott, Quentin Matheson and Carly Watt. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, comedybar.ca. Booze clues Help hungover pals recall the night before. 9:30 pm. $10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. BreTT MarTin Headlining w/ opening acts & MC. Jun 14-17, Thu 8 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:30 pm, Sun 8 pm. $11.50-$19.50. Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond W. yukyuks.com. Bush ParTy HerBeaver celebrates one-year of the monthly night of original sketches & music w/ guests Success 5000. 8 pm. $12. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
laugh saBBaTh Radical stand-up and ñ
more from the Laugh Sabbath comedy collective & weekly guests. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. laughsabbath.com. MaTT davis Headlining w/ host Brian Stollery and Colin O’Brien. Jun 14-17, Thu 8:30 pm, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8 & 10:45 pm, Sun 8 pm. Thu & Sun $12, Fri-Sat $20. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. 416-486-7700, absolutecomedy.ca.
scruFFy’s coMedy nighT Jeff McEnery, ñ
Ronnie Edwards, Carrie Eklund, Shannon Laverty & host Ruby. 8:30 pm. Free. Scruffy Murphy’s, 180 Eglinton E. 416-893-5243. soPhie and Friends Monthly sketch show featuring Sophie Clarke and a variety of troupes. 8:30 pm. $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 416-903-5388, socap.ca. suPer Fun skeTch show Two Second City conservatory classes doing sketch and premise prov. 9:30 pm. Free. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 416-903-5388, socap.ca. ThirsTy Thursdays Toronto Comedy All Stars weekly show hosted by Danish Anwar & Dave Burke. 8:30 pm. Free. 303 Lansdowne. 416588-1641, torontocomedyallstars.com.
whooPs wiTh Mark liTTle Different ñ
format each week (stand-up, improv, talk show, etc). 11 pm. $10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com.
Friday, June 15
aFTer hours sTand uP coMedy Empire ñ
Comedy Live’s late-night ensemble show. Fri & Sat 11:30 pm. $7. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. coMedy Bar @ nxne Music and gaMing FesTival NXNE’s Comedy Tent, programmed by the funny folks at Comedy Bar. Jun 15-17, 6-11 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas E. nxne.com. coMedy on The river Watch a show from a canoe/kayak plus a guided tour up the Humber River, w/ Pat Thornton, Kris Siddiqi, Heather McDonald and host Dan Galea. From $25 (includes boat & life jacket rental). Old Mill Subway Station, 2651 Bloor W. 416-536-2067, torontoadventures.ca. laughTer luau Hosted by Rush Kazi. 9:30 pm. Free. Hawaii Bar, 989 Dovercourt. facebook. com/LaughterLuau.
P Proud + Funny: nighT one Queer ñ
stand-up, sketch, improv & drag w/ Kiki Razzle, Kinsey Fail, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Anders Yates, Coko Galore & others. 8, 9:30 & 11 pm. $10/show, pass $25. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. ThaT Friday show Anyone can join student improvisers & guests at this weekly show. 8 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. The very illegal coMedy show Todd Van Allen, Peter Fraser, Anjelica Scannura, Aaron Wry, headliner Joe Vu & MC Aaron Rebello. 7:30 pm. Pwyc. Socialite Bar, 276 Augusta. 416-457-0842, email@example.com.
Saturday, June 16
are we ok, cuPid? True dating stories w/ ñ
Reid Janisse, Rob Baker, Kris Siddiqi Christy Bruce & others. 8 pm. $10. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca.
P dawn PaTrol: yo sis! Buddies’ Queer ñ
Pride presents comedy, music and drag by Chantel Marostica, Courtney Skye, DeAnne Smith, She’s the Man, Hoodo Hersi, host Dawn Whitwell & others. 8 pm. $15-$20. In the Chamber. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride. iMMigranT dads Storytelling w/ Cassie Cao, Carol Zoccoli, Natalie Norman, Simon Ha, Nick Babatsikos, Andrea Martson, Franco Nguyen. 9 pm. $15. The Second City Training Centre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd flr. secondcity.com. long shoT iMProv Long-form w/ Becky John- son, Mark Little, Matt Folliott, Leigh Cameron and others. 8:30 pm. $12. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. The MysTery Box Matt Laird hosts this sketch and improv show. 8 pm. Free. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. Pansy ParTy Funder for Next Stop Productions’ Fringe show. 10 pm. $15. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. P Proud + Funny: nighT Two Queer stand-up, sketch, improv, drag: an opening Kiki, special editions of Theatresports & HookUp, Matchmaker Improv Mixer. 7, 8, 9:30 & 11 pm. $10-$15/ show, pass $30. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. showcase suPreMe sTand uP Empire Comedy Live presents Andrew Barr, Nour Hadidi, Brian Ward & host Chris Sandiford. 10 pm. $12. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. worsT Behaviour Dancing, rapping, improv + sketch with Erica Gellert & the Sketchersons, Tall Boyz II Men and Worst Behaviour. 10 pm. $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 416903-5388, socap.ca.
wriTe ‘eM uP Comics ñ
Andrew Cholfe, Nick Durie, Nick Nemeroff, Juliana Rodrigues & Carol Zoccoli are roasted by writers Rhiannon Archer, Christophe Davidson & Terrance Balazo. Hosted by Todd Van Allen. 7 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
Sunday, June 17
aFTer hours: sluMBer ParTy Empire Comedy Live’s late-night stand-up show. 11 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
The aluMni show Seasoned improvisors ñ
explore a new format each week, w/ Jan Caruana, Jason DeRosse, Sarah Hillier & others. 8 pm. $10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. fb.com/thealumnishowto. dirTBag cousin: a skeTch coMedy duo’s showcase Monthly show featuring improv and sketch duos. 7 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, comedybar.ca. haPPy hour coMedy Graham Shonfield, Cathy MacPherson, Mark Korakianitis, host Ruby and others. 8 pm. Free. Ein-Stein, 229 College. thecomedygreenroom.com. a nighT aT The iMProv Directed, totally improvised plays. 7 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. sunday nighT live wiTh The skeTchersons New sketches weekly guest host. 9:30 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. whose oPera is iT anyway? Marriage of opera and comedy using improv games. 9:30 pm. $12. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. looseteamusictheatre.com.
Monday, June 18
12 hour coMedy MaraThon For casc ñ
Non-stop performances to help get stand-up comedy recognized as an art form in Canada. Noon-midnight. $10 min donation. Rivoli, 334 Queen W. facebook.com/canadianstandup. 1623: The show Time travellers Kat Letwin and Nkasi Ogbonnah present new material by Jon Blair, Parker and Seville, Brian Solomon and Jeremy Woodcock. 8 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca.
alTdoT coMedy lounge The ALTdot is ñ
part of CASC’s 12-hr comedy marathon w/ DeAnne Smith, Nick Beaton, Sean Cullen, Arthur Simeon, Rebecca Reeds, Laurie Elliott, Nigel Grinstead & more. 9 pm. $8-$10. Rivoli, 334 Queen W. altdotcomedylounge.com. caMeron house coMedy In the back room w/ hosts Dena Jackson & Jen Sakato + guests. 8 pm. Pwyc. Cameron House, 408 Queen W. firstname.lastname@example.org.
P QaPd collecTive Queer and Present ñ
Danger LGBTQ weekly showcase. 8 pm (sign-up 7-7:45 pm). Pwyc. Pegasus on Church, 489B Church. fb.com/qapdproductions. Thick skin coMedy “show” Long form standup hosted by Vandad Kardar & guest. 9 pm. $5. Hemingways, 142 Cumberland. facebook. com/thickskinshow.
Tuesday, June 19
coMedy nighT aT i’ll Be seeing you Weekly feminist-friendly/LGBTQ positive stand-up hosted by Cara Connors. 8:30 pm. Free. I’ll Be Seeing You, 747 Queen E. 416-778-9988. Fireside Tales Campfire storytelling w/ Dan Galea, Amy Cunningham, Ronit Rubinstein, Randy Sabourin, Hisham Kelati, Yaw Attuah & host Helder Brum. 8 pm. Free. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Pk. fb.com/firesidetales. harold nighT Classic longform improv. 10 pm Tue to Jun 26. $5. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. laugh in The Face oF Fear Cameron Algie hosts an anxiety-defeating night of improv and storytelling. 8 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. Pro-case Tuesday Foad HP, Frank Spadone, Jen Sakato, JJ Liberman, Nick Durie, headliner Brian Stollery and host Monty Scott. 8:30 pm. $12. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. 416-4867700, absolutecomedy.ca. rioT Rotating cast of female identifying & non-binary performers doing sketch, improv + stand-up w/ weekly guests. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. send nooBs – 1sT anniversary ediTion Stand-up by Monique Jagpal, Stephie Major, Stephen Karmazyn, Laura Holtebrinck & Karine Kazan + pros Jordan Foisy, Jackie Pirico, Marilla Wex. 8 pm. $5. Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College. fb.com/sendnoobscomedy. snack TiMe coMedy: suMMer TiMe snackin’ Andrew Lizotte, Surer Deria, Tex Wines, Tracy Hamilton, Katie Westman, Rick Rowley and Jarrett Campbell. 8 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
Wednesday, June 20
lady PanTs PresenTs Stand-up from Marie Sotto, improv from Linda Paolucci and Paul JP, Three Speed, Shots Fired. 8 pm. $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. Payroll: a skeTch coMedy revue Sketch show about working 9-to-5. 9:30 pm. $10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com. PePPeroni Pizza caTs PresenT! Improv with Erotic Friend Fiction, Curious George Washington, plus an open jam. 9:30 pm. Pwyc. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. Pro-aM nighT Akshay Sharma, Daniel Shaw, Olivia Collict, Tamara Appleton, Collin Sideris, JP Hodgkinson, Jake Leland, headliner Brian Stollery, host Monty Scott. 8:30 pm. $8. Absolute Comedy, 2335 Yonge. absolutecomedy.ca. randy’s cheeseBurger Picnic Comedy with the Trailer Park boys actor. 8 pm. $20-$25. Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide W. ticketfly.com. skeTchMania i: gone in 60 MinuTes Five dozen comedians in an hour-long sketch revue written and performed by a cast of 60. 8 pm. $10. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W. baddogtheatre.com/sketchmania.
P = Pride event
Thursday, June 14
BRIT GRIFFIN Launch for Wintermen II. 7 pm. Free. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles. 416-462-1104, anotherstory.ca. THE SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM TURNS FIFTY! With Tess Liem and Eli Lynch. 9 pm. Pwyc. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. fb.com/ thesophisticatedboomboom.
Friday, June 15
METATRON PRESENTS: GEMINI SEASON Readings by Aley Waterman, Ashley Obscura, Faith Arkorful, Sennah Yee, Shazia Hafiz, Tania Peralta, Quinn Flom, Téa Mutonji. 7-9 pm. Free. Queen Books, 914 Queen E. 416-778-5053.
P TORONTO LIT UP: QUEER/PLAY, UNHOLY ñ AND CITY VOICES Release of several works with Diane Flacks, Evalyn Parry, Carolyn Taylor and others. 5:30 pm. Free. Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4760, ifoa.org.
Saturday, June 16
DRUNK MEAN GIRLS – A LIVE READ Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm. $10. Proceeds to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/ events/191677821454367. TORONTO LIT UP: SPRING POETRY LAUNCH New titles by Stevie Howell, Michelle Brown, Adam Dickinson & Robin Richardson. 5:30 pm. Free. Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4760, ifoa.org.
Monday, June 18
EVERYTHING REMAINS RAW: PHOTOGRAPHING ñ TORONTO’S HIP HOP CULTURE FROM ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL Launch for Mark V. Campbell’s book. 7 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. anotherstory.ca.
P SPAWNING GENERATIONS Launch for ñ
anthology of queerspawn voices. 7-9 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church. gladdaybookshop.com. TORONTO JAZZ TREASURES: 100 PORTRAITS OF TORONTO’S GREAT JAZZ MUSICIANS. Talk/ slideshow by photographer Pat Lacroix and jazz writer Ted O’Reilly. 2 pm. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-393-7172.
Tuesday, June 19
P NAKED BOYS READING: BIPOC PRIDE EDITION 9 pm. Pwyc. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church. gladdaybookshop.com.
Wednesday, June 20
TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD FINALIST AUTHOR ñ
READINGS Including Cherie Dimaline, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Rebecca Rosenblum, Catherine Hernandez, Pino Coluccio, Puneet Dutt and Phoebe Wang. 6:30 pm. Free. RSVP. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-342-1814, eventbrite.ca.
Chantel Marostica hosts QAPD Collective show June 18.