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.
Canada’s Finest – Featuring: Pete Zedlacher, DeAnne Smith, Nile Seguin
Empire Comedy Live presents a celebration of some of Canada’s very finest stand ups! A Triple Feature of Hilarity
***FYI: Online sales close at 8pm, but you can call the box office at 416 551 6540 to reserve any tickets that may still be available
Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival (8x)
Halifax Comedy Fest (9x)
Crowned Sirius XM’s Top Comic
CBC’s The Debaters (18x)
CTV, & Comedy Network
The Ron James Show
2x Gemini Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Just For Laughs Festival (7x)
NBC’s Last Comic Standing
Melbourne Comedy Festival (5x)
Sydney Comedy Festival (5x)
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder. – UK Telegraph
San Francisco Sketchfest (2015)
Just For Laughs Festival (2x)
Halifax Comedy Festival (2x)
Winnipeg Comedy Festival
CBC’s The Debaters
CTV’s Comedy Now
Boston Comedy Festival
Unabashedly gutsy… one of the best comedic sets you will see anywhere. – The Hour
Thursday May 12 – Toronto
The Opera House – 735 Queen St E (at Broadview)
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm (sharp)
Moderated by Amanda Brooke Perrin
Advance tickets close at 5pm, but will still be available at the door. Any questions or problems, email Ian@EmpireComedy.Net or call 416 554 9362
An improvised debate show where presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders square off in front of a live crowd.
“You guys HAVE to see this show. It is amazing.” – Patton Oswalt
“This show is a goddamned riot!” – Andy Richter
“Get involved in the perfection!!” – Reggie Watts
A massive hit across the US, with a full election special for Fusion TV, and a surprise extended 1 hour edition of Comedy Central’s @Midnight (a first in the history of the program)
We’re thrilled to bring James Adomian back to Toronto (a previous selection by Now Magazine as one of the Top 10 comedy shows of the year) with Tony Atamanuik for this special one night only event!
Even more praise for Trump vs Bernie
“Hey everyone go see this show! Funneeeeeeee” – Scott Aukerman
“Beyond hilarious! On a scale of 1-10, it’s an 11! TREMENDOUS Trump-BRILLIANT Bernie” – Mark Hamill
“If Trump vs Bernie comes to your town, you MUST SEE. So funny. – Laurie Kilmartin”
“Adomian’s Sanders is truly great” – Washington Post
“go see them if these maniacs pass through your town” – Chris Gethard
James Adomian is a comedian and actor who is well known for his standup, characters and
impressions. James most recently wrapped shooting on the feature film LOVE AFTER
LOVE starring opposite Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell. He can be seen in David
Cross’ feature directorial debut HITS, which premiered at Sundance 2014. He has appeared
on Comedy Central’s THE MELTDOWN and DRUNK HISTORY, on Adult Swim’s CHILDREN’S
HOSPITAL and on IFC’s COMEDY BANG! BANG!
James performed standup on NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING where he was a Top 10 finalist.
Anthony Atamanuik is a comedian and actor in New York City. Anthony has appeared
on 30 ROCK, BROAD CITY, HULU’s DIFFICULT PEOPLE, MTV’s TEACHERS LOUNGE and as himself.
You can see him on a variety of platforms, College Humor and Funny Or Die.
Thursday May 12 – Toronto
The Opera House – 735 Queen St E (at Broadview)
$30 Tickets – Click Here to Buy