Now that Toronto's home to a mini version of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, do we really need to see the annual JFL Comedy Tour?
Hell yeah, especially when the lineup includes such first-rate acts as Scotland's Danny Bhoy, who sold out a 10-day run during JFL 2007, Ireland's David O'Doherty, England's Hal Cruttenden and Canada's own Pete Zedlacher. Former SNL alum Finesse Mitchell hosts both shows tonight (October 30) at Massey Hall. See Comedy Listings.
Who's that green Just For Laughs mascot, and what's his/her purpose?
That's Bon Homme. They call him Victor. I believe he's the French-Canadian god of comedy. The natives called him Kokopelli. The Vikings called him Loki. I believe Victor also invented poutine and lap dances.
Finesse Mitchell's hosting the show. What would your life have been like if your first name were Finesse?
I'm from a blue-collar mining town in northern Ontario. If my name were Finesse I'd have been a fast runner.
Are you upset your hometown of Wawa isn't one of the spots on the JFL tour?
Mom's bummed out, but it's hard to move a tour from Massey Hall to the Fireside Lounge at the Wawa Motor Inn.
So how come there aren't any women on the lineup?
I don't book the tour, but Hal Cruttenden admits to being very girly. You should see him primp and pose before his performance - it's very English. And I've grown a nice set of man-boobs.
What's the least exciting thing about being on the road?
Early morning radio interviews. Trying to be funny at 7 am with "Jay Hawk, Erin & The Morning Crew" or "Dougie & Dog Fart" can be torture.
iPhone or BlackBerry?
Hey, I just got an iPod. I'm sad to part with my Sony Walkman.
Are comedy groupies anything like music groupies?
We have groupies? When did that happen? Women are way more likely to go gaga over a musician than a comedian. A musician can write a love song for a girl. Comics can't exactly say, "This next dick joke goes out to a special lady in the audience tonight...."