Top 5 com­edy shows

Com­edy is of­ten the best when the world’s go­ing down the crap­per. So no won­der th­ese five shows – just a sam­ple of the range and va­ri­ety of acts in the city – im­pressed me so much.

NOW Magazine - - STAGE - by GLENN SUMI

1 ASH­LEY WITH A “Y” Fac­tory Stu­dio, July 7

The Sec­ond City alum’s solo Fringe mu­si­cal with ac­com­pa­nist Scott White took im­prov to a whole other level, us­ing au­di­ence sug­ges­tions to re­call sto­ries from her life, re­sult­ing in songs that touched on uni­ver­sal truths. Some­one please pro­duce this as a reg­u­lar show in 2019!

2 THE BEST IS YET TO COME UN­DONE Sec­ond city, april 9

Cov­er­ing big top­ics (#MeToo, sys­temic racism) and silly ones (what would a lonely traf­fic light sound like?), di­rec­tor Carly Hef­fer­nan and her beau­ti­fully bal­anced cast – Stacey McGun­nigle, Chris Wil­son, Al­lana Reoch, Bran­don

Hack­ett, Na­dine Djoury and Shar­jil Ra­sool – de­liv­ered sketch per­fec­tion.

3 RAPP BATTLEZ 100TH SHOW the Great hall, March 9

Miguel and Fred­die Ri­vas’s monthly com­edy smack­down marked its ma­jor mile­stone with a spe­cial show at Toronto’s Sketch Com­edy Fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing what felt like a cast of thou­sands. It was loud, ag­gres­sive, some­times in­co­her­ent, of­ten bril­liant and usu­ally ex­tremely in­ap­pro­pri­ate. In other words: a great show.

4 JAMES ACASTER the Gar­ri­Son, SepteM­ber 22

Who knew that a tall, pale Brit who looks like he’s re­lated to Ron Weasley’s

gin­ger brood could make a tough JFL42 crowd laugh about Mr. Bean, bone­headed soccer fans and the one song that, when first heard, unites every­one?

5 A SkETCH COM­EDY Ex­TRAv­A­gANZA ELEgANZA bud­dieS in bad tiMeS, noveM­ber 3

I’ve seen lots of queer sketch be­fore, but this solid troupe – Tri­cia Black, Tom Hearn, King Chiu, Mon­ica Gar­rido, Mar­shall Lorenzo, Jil­lian Welsh and Se­lena Vyle (Nicky Nas­ral­lah’s drag per­sona), all di­rected by Kirsten Ras­mussen – is fresh, has a def­i­nite point of view and is fear­lessly frank and funny. Shan­tay, they all stay.

Ash­ley Bot­ting proved im­prov com­edy can be high art in the Fringe’s Ash­ley With A “Y.”

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