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1. Lena Dunham No, the creator of Girls.
No, the creator of Girls isn’t a stand-up or sketch writer, but she’s pretty damn funny, as she’ll likely prove during a Q&A with CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi about her hotly anticipated book, Not That Kind Of Girl. You’ll remember she inked a $3.5 million deal to write that. Definitely serious stuff.
September 20, Sony Centre
Web-series-turned-TV-show Broad City has Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson in a girl-on-girl bromance, trying to score weed and get laid in the mean streets of New York City. The show is so funny, we reserved our seats weeks ago, even if we don’t know what to expect from Broad City Live.
September 27, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
If you’ve only seen Birbiglia in film versions of his shows (Sleepwalk With Me), heard him on This American Life or seen him playing regular schmoes (The Fault In Our Stars, Your Sister’s Sister), you’re in for a treat. He’s one of the best comic storytellers around. Funny and heartbreakingly honest.
September 21, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Kirkman – Chelsea Lately writer/round table guest, podcaster (of the highly addictive I Seem Fun) and bestselling author (I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself) – cracked NOW’s top 10 comedy shows list last year, and we can’t wait to see her casual and infectiously fun act again.
September 23, Rivoli and Garrison September 24, Randolph
You can see Forward regularly at various comedy rooms in T.O. But as he demonstrated earlier this year, he’s broken through to a whole new level of funny. With two hilarious Craig Ferguson sets behind him and a gig as a judge on the new series Joke Or Choke, superstardom could be just a green card away.
September 18, 20 and 22, Comedy Bar September 21, 24, 25 and 26, Rivoli
Don’t miss: our profiles of headliner Amy Schumer and comedian Tig Notaro