Comedy – NOW Magazine Wed, 05 May 2021 19:07:44 +0000 Wed, 05 May 2021 19:07:44 +0000 en-US Glenn Sumi Why one comic is mourning the death of Yahoo Answers Musical comic Anesti Danelis has built up a loyal following with his TikTok songs parodying stupid questions and answers

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Glenn Sumi and Daryl Jung 40 at 40: Stand-up Elvira Kurt on making LGBTQ+ history and staying honest 27 years after her NOW cover, stand-up Elvira Kurt updates us on her therapy, why she mentors younger comics and the changing scene

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Glenn Sumi Comedy reviews: what if you laugh and no one hears it? A stand-up show live-streamed from P.E.I. and a sketch comedy festival brought much-needed laughs this week

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Glenn Sumi and Daryl Jung 40 at 40: Kenny Robinson, godfather of Canadian comedy In our series of 40 memorable covers from 40 years, the stand-up and producer looks back on creating one of the first safe spaces for non-white comics

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Glenn Sumi Reviews of this year’s Juno-nominated comedy albums Matt Wright and Nick Nemeroff head up a strong list of hilarious, but not very diverse, comedy albums

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Kevin Ritchie Podcasters Tranna Wintour & Thomas Leblanc on Chosen Family, COVID curfews and landing Alanis The Montreal comedians connect the dots between pop culture obsessions and the need for new possibilities on their CBC podcast

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Glenn Sumi Review: Star Gays could use some more comic thrust Bad Dog Comedy TV’s campy sci-fi soap opera takes some time to lift off

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Glenn Sumi 4 comedy albums by Toronto women to listen to in 2021 Four albums from the female-centric Howl & Roar record label bring more balance to my comedy coverage

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Glenn Sumi Natalie Metcalfe unmasks new Second City show Talented cast member discusses finally performing in front of real people, making YouTube videos and why this new show is a milestone

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Glenn Sumi Why Sarah Cooper is the pandemic’s breakout comic Comic parlays her viral Trump lip-synch videos into a major breakthrough with a Netflix special and a prime spot at virtual Just For Laughs Festival

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Glenn Sumi Just For Laughs Festival goes all virtual, all free Hannah Gadsby, Sarah Cooper, DeAnne Smith, Canada’s Drag Race and Jo Koy among acts appearing in two-day comedy festival

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Glenn Sumi Finding the comedy in kids going back to school In her latest video, Second City Toronto’s Natalie Metcalfe gets us laughing over parental worries

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Glenn Sumi What to expect at the reopened Comedy Bar Toronto’s favourite comedy club reopens this weekend with a capacity of 44, a new mask policy, shorter shows and protection for comics

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Glenn Sumi Laughing about peeing during the pandemic Second City cast member Natalie Metcalfe’s new video could make you pee your pants laughing

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Glenn Sumi Live cannabis-friendly comedy sparks up on Spadina Comedy fan and lawyer Caryma Sa’d is launching a new, reefer-friendly open-air venue in Chinatown for live comedy during the pandemic

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Glenn Sumi Comedy Records celebrates 10 years of Canadian laughs Co-founder Barry Taylor talks about diversity, the SiriusXM/Just For Laughs controversy and live comedy during a pandemic

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Glenn Sumi JFL42 postpones regular festival until 2021 Toronto’s largest comedy event will still happen this fall, but in a different way

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Andrew Johnston From the L.A. comedy circuit to mom and dad’s in Brockville, Ontario As far as comedian Andrew Johnston is concerned, there is no life for art to imitate

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Glenn Sumi Ex-Toronto comic shows boobs and raises more than $30K for Black Lives Matter Queer stand-up DeAnne Smith says a lot of donors felt helpless with the current situation and didn’t know where to send their support

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Glenn Sumi Second City’s Helter Shelter brings first-rate comedy to your home Despite some technical issues, Chicago and Toronto sketch performers get big laughs from being in lockdown

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Glenn Sumi Why Tom Henry is the stand-up we need during the pandemic The local comic’s deadpan delivery – seen in his new Crave special, 66 Jokes – is oddly soothing and very funny

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Glenn Sumi Second City vets launch Home-Prov, an online improv workshop Chris Earle and Shari Hollett help people stay connected through the joy of improvisation

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Glenn Sumi Three new Toronto comedy albums to listen to during the COVID crisis Albums by Arthur Simeon, Leonard Chan and Joe Vu will bring you together through laughter

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Glenn Sumi Toronto SketchFest 2020 review: Hackett & Langdon, Sex T-Rex and more Four local acts brought the funny to the first week of the comedy festival

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Debbie Fein-Goldbach Toronto, I Love You serves up lots of local improv laughs TORONTO, I LOVE YOU by Kyle Dooley, Rob Baker, Nadine Djoury, Nigel Downer, Devon Henderson, Lucy Hill, Paloma Nunez, Anders Yates, Connor Low and Carolyne Das (Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor West). Runs to December 21. $20-$30. See listing. Rating: NNNN Bad Dog Theatres artistic director Julie Dumais Osborne has gathered an esteemed group

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Radheyan Simonpillai Toronto comics on punchlines and punching up in divisive times Six comics discuss empowering marginalized voices in the face of offensive acts like Shane Gillis and Louis C.K.

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Radheyan Simonpillai Toronto comics on punchlines and punching up in divisive times Shane Gillis was hired and then immediately fired from SNL in September after footage surfaced showing the comic using racist and homophobic slurs. That whiplash moment pretty much sums up the state of comedy today. There is a large vocal fan base who cite freedom of speech when defending the offensive humour Gillis might bring

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Samantha Edwards Second City moving to waterfront tower next year With The Second City’s current home on Mercer slated to become a condo, the comedy club is moving into new waterfront digs in late 2020. The Second City will occupy third floor of One York Street, a large-scale tower complex at York and Harbour. The 28,700-square-foot space will contain three comedy theatres for live performances,

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Samantha Edwards Second City moving to waterfront tower next year The comedy club will open multiple theatres at One York Street in late 2020

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Radheyan Simonpillai Hannah Gadsby is coming to Toronto for the first time Hannah Gadsby will perform her first-ever stand-up gigs in Toronto next year. The Australian comedian, who was planning to retire before her stand-up special Nanette hit big last year, is bringing her latest show, Douglas, to Roy Thomson Hall on February 28-29. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 1 via Roy Thomson Hall and Ticketmaster

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