The top five Toronto comedy shows of 2018

Factory Studio/Fringe, July 7The Second City alums solo Fringe musical with accompanist Scott White took improv to a whole other.

Factory Studio/Fringe, July 7

The Second City alums 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!

Second City, April 9 (still playing)

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.

The Great Hall/Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, March 9

Miguel and Freddie Rivass monthly comedy smackdown marked its major milestone with a special show at the Toronto 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.

The Garrison/JFL42, September 22

Who knew that a tall, pale Brit who looks like hes related to Ron Weasleys 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?

Buddies in Bad Times, November 3

Ive 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 Nasrallahs 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.

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