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We’ve got a busy summer ahead, with some of Toronto’s favorite visiting comedians, with Emily Heller, Arj Barker, Ian Karmel, Jimmy Pardo & Matt Belknap, Chris Gethard, & Todd Glass!
May 25-28 – The United Comedy Festival with Todd Glass
The very first United Comedy Fest kicks off with 11 shows, including 5 performances from the lovely and hilarious Todd Glass
Full show Details and festival lineup at: http://empirecomedy.net/event/united-comedy-festival-2017/
June 8 – Chris Gethard’s Beautiful/Anywhere Tour stops in Toronto for One Night Only
Full Show Details: http://empirecomedy.net/event/chris-gethard-toronto-2017/
Fresh off the debut of his HBO special Career Suicide, Gethard returns to Toronto for a special show at The Royal Theatre, before returning to the studio to prepare for the August premiere of The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV
June 9 & 10 -Jimmy Pardo returns for a mix of stand up & podcasting
Jimmy Pardo performs 2 stand up shows, and records 2 live Never Not Funny podcasts with Matt Belknap and some special guests
Full Show Details at: http://empirecomedy.net/event/jimmy-pardo-toronto-2017/
June 23-25 – Ian Karmel makes his long awaited return to Toronto for 5 shows at Comedy Bar
We’ve been working on getting Ian back to Comedy Bar for years, but his busy writing schedule on The Late Late Show, plus his touring demands haven’t made it easy. We’re thrilled that it’s finally come back together
Full Show Details at: http://empirecomedy.net/event/ian-karmel-toronto-2017/
July 13-15 – Arj Barker performs at Comedy Bar for the very first time! – 5 shows
Full Show Details: http://empirecomedy.net/event/arj-barker-toronto-2017/
Another performer we’ve been chasing for a few years, Arj’s extensive work in Australia severely limited his North American availability, but we’re stoked to present his first ever shows at Comedy Bar
Aug 10-12 – Emily Heller returns to Toronto for a weekend at Comedy Bar
Full Show Details: http://empirecomedy.net/event/emily-heller-toronto-2017/
Emily is fresh off her writing duties on Bill Hader’s upcoming series for HBO, and we’re excited to get her back to Toronto for the first time since 2014! On top of her work as a TV writer, Emily is also a gifted stand up, and has performed multiple times on Conan, @midnight, Seth Meyers, Just For Laughs All Access,
Full Show Details: http://empirecomedy.net/event/emily-heller-toronto-2017/
And we’re working on adding even more, so stay tuned!
Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me” and Comedy Central’s “The Benson Interruption”) hosts a podcast where he talks to his hilarious special surprise guests about his first love…movies! To have a chance at winning some prizes, bring a movie themed name tag!
Thursday August 4th at The Royal
608 College St W (at Clinton)
$30 Tickets (General Admission)
7:00pm doors, 8:00pm showtime
No smoking in the theatre
Guests are Scott Thompson, Mark Forward, and Sean Cullen
Several of our friends have invaded the Toronto Fringe, and I wanted to let you know about what they’re up to. I have no affiliation to these shows, but if you’re a Fringe Fan I wanted to help put a spotlight on them
Disclaimer 1: I haven’t seen all the shows yet (I’m moving this weekend)
Disclaimer 2: I am not a journalist (I’ll never pretend to be), and I am totally super biased. Just to be clear 🙂
That being said, here’s some Fringe Picks from credible and unbiased sources:
Now Magazine’s Glenn Sumi: https://nowtoronto.com/stage/fringe-festival-toronto-2016/fringe-q-as-laugh-lines/
Toronto Comedians at Fringe 2016 (This page is a work in progress with more photos & reviews to come so check back often)
Ryan Dillon – Collapse
Ryan Dillon just wants you to be happy, and it’s making him miserable. In a lifelong quest to please everyone around him, Ryan takes us through the many hilarious & awkward moments that pushed him to the brink of collapse.
From a traumatic event at a movie rental store, to why carrots haunt him, Ryan will make you realize that you just can’t please everyone.
Tickets and Details: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/collapse/
10 musical theatre performers set out to create their own legendary musical. Will it turn into a Little Shop of Horrors? Will they Grease the audience? Will the sun come out tomorrow for this group? Your suggestions help drive the creation of a never-seen-before-and-never-seen-again musical!
By: Tricia Black, Kristian Bruun, Matty Burns. Ashley Comeau, Alexandra Hurley, Stephanie Malek, Josh Murray, Nug Nahrgang and Connor Thompson, and Tom King
Tickets and Details: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/songbuster-an-improvised-musical/
Helder Brum – Born with a Tale
Storyteller and comedian, Helder Brum, accidentally tests the limits of the human body – specifically, his human body – over and over in this series of personal stories culminating in a showdown with an angry bull.
“Born with a Tale” expertly deconstructs machismo and masculinity from head to…
Tickets and Details: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/born-with-a-tale/
Stacey McGunnigle & Jason DeRosse – Tonight’s Cancelled
Tonight’s Cancelled! Or at least Stacey & Jason will assume so. Ok, sure, people may say stuff like “McGunnigle deserves the comedy equivalent of a Dora”(NOW) or “DeRosse is one of the most naturally gifted sketch and improv comics”(NOW).
Whatever. Ugh. Come see them probably eat, talk about their crappy bodies and get too emotional… before it’s cancelled
Tickets and Details: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/tonights-cancelled/
Great news! Eliza Skinner is going to make her Toronto debut this summer at Comedy Bar! Bio & Video below
“If my opinion means anything to you, seriously… Take the time to check out Eliza Skinner. I promise you, not only will you not be disappointed, you will fall in love with her. No bullshit, every time I see her work I’m truly amazed. I hope this motivates you to go check her comedy out.” – Todd Glass
“Eliza Skinner is one of my favorite comedians and people. She is an absolutely charming performer who can do it all: joke, sing, write, act, improvise, rap, goof with the best of ’em. You will be truly delighted and magically surprised by her inner comedic world, as I am constantly! Oh, also, because we live in that sort of society, she is exceedingly beautiful and was, in fact, crafted by unicorns.” – Aparna Nancherla
Thursday June 9 – 8pm
Hosted by Matt O’Brien w/ Jess Beaulieu & Theresa Ramirez
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Friday June 10 – 10pm
Hosted by Nour Hadidi w/ Courtney Gilmour
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Saturday June 11 – 9pm & 11pm
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9pm Hosted by Amanda Brooke Perrin, w/ Rhiannon Archer
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11pm Hosted by Aisha Brown w/ Heather MacDonald & Tracy Hamilton
Tickets are $20
Eliza is currently a writer on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and is a writer performer on TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything.
She’s made multiple appearances on @Midnight, and performed stand up on The Pete Holmes Show. She performed at the Just For Laughs festival as a New Face in 2014, in addition to her performances at The New York Comedy Fest, and the Edinburgh Fringe
She’s been a correspondent and writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and made appearances on Conan, Chelsea Lately, and multiple MTV programs
Conan’s team took down her Pete Holmes stand up clip, so here’s Eliza lighting up some idiot when he acts like a sexist tool
ELIZA SKINNER is an LA based comedian who TimeOutNY described as “definitely one to watch.” She is currently a staff writer at FUNNY OR DIE She recently worked as both a staff writer and correspondent on FX’s TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL, and also appeared on the new version VH1’s Best Week Ever.
She has performed all over the world, including SXSW, the NY Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has appeared on TBS’ Are we There Yet?, Conan, and MTV’s Damage Control. Eliza is a writer for Fashion Police on E!, and her writing has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Cracked.
Many of her original videos have become viral hits online, and RuPaul even called her “She-larious!” Eliza is also a teacher and regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and she has created a popular blog called NASTY CUTE.