Confused about what to see this weekend? Here are some acts that'll have you rolling in the aisles instead of rolling your eyes.
LEWIS BLACK The Back In Black man is back. A Daily Show regular, JFL mainstay and a sellout at his most recent local rant-fest, the most curmudgeonly comic in North America has just been added to the bill, replacing George Lopez as a gala host. Maybe if you laugh hard enough you'll forget his movie Unaccompanied Minors. Friday (July 27) at 7 and 9:30 pm at Massey Hall.
HOWIE MANDEL I know, Deal Or No Deal seems so spring of 2006, doesn't it? But we're used to seeing Mandel's shiny pate and Mephistophelean goatee now, and we're eager to see him trade in his game show shenanigans for some real comedy like he used to do for Yuk Yuk's audiences back in the day. Just don't expect to shake his hand afterwards. Tonight (Thursday, July 26) at 7 and 9:30 pm at Massey Hall.
RUSSELL PETERS Best. Comic. Ever. But you all know that, don't you? The kicker is that after selling out two shows earlier this summer at the ACC, he's headlining a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square. Funny and generous - who knew? July 27 at 7:15 pm (free show) at Yonge-Dundas Square, July 28 at 7 and 9:30 pm at Massey Hall.
ELVIRA KURT The woman who's arguably Canada's best stand-up comedian (who still lives in the country, that is) keeps getting better and better. Razor-sharp timing, impeccable physical work and a likeability factor that's off the scale. Saturday (July 28) at 7 and 9:30 pm at Massey Hall.
SUGAR SAMMY That name makes him sound like a pimp and/or sleazy Vegas performer, but the now-based-in-L. A. Sugar Sammy is one of the brightest comics around. Clearly indebted to Russell Peters, Sammy has a cocky attitude and fresh way of observing 20-something life that brands him an original. Saturday (July 28) at 7 and 9:30 pm at Massey Hall.